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Some still wonder where Larry Mize's chip would have ended up had it not hit he pin.
Some claim this was the local gods taking care of their own. Others remember it as the golf gods setting up Greg Norman for years of cruel treatment.
To the credit of Larry Mize, the local kid birdied the 18th hole on Sunday to forge a tie with Norman, whose own putt for birdie on the final hole a little later looked so pure. Except that it turned away at the final second, edging the cup and leading to a par.
Off to the 10th tee went Norman, Mize and Seve Ballesteros, with the Spaniard bogeying the hole to drop to third place. Norman and Mize went to No. 11.
This difficult par-4 has Rae’s Creek guarding it on the left and rear of the green. It’s common for approach shots to land short and right. Mize’s was short and off the green, setting up a birdie chip. Norman’s approach reached the green but had 40 feet to the cup.
In Masters highlights, we see Mize’s chip from about 120 feet land on the green and traverse the putting surface and settling somewhat hard against the pin for an amazing birdie.
Norman’s putt to tie never came close. “I didn’t think Larry could get down in two,” said Norman afterward in a famous quote. “And I was right. He got down in one.”
To this day, many wonder where Mize’s chip would have ended had it not hit the pin, which was placed close to Rae’s Creek, and that part of the green sloped to the water. Though it was rolling relatively slowly, many believe that had it not gone into the hole the ball would have ended up in the water.