What does it mean to be great?
That is a question I struggled with for a long time in coming up with this list. Is it producing a result that few, if any, can match? Is it the mastery of a pressure-filled moment? A combination of the two?
We as fans love sports because they give us the chance to witness the impossible—to watch our heroes reach new levels of performance and to achieve, even if only for a moment, perfection.
Luckily golf has given us many such moments. Jack at the '86 Masters. Tiger at the 2000 U.S. Open. Sunday at the 1999 Ryder Cup. These moments will live on forever.
But which is the greatest?
Making a list like this is a little like sticking your head in the lion's mouth. There is no metric by which to quantitatively analyze greatness (I checked just to be sure) and I know many of you will disagree with my choices. That's ok.
The list that follows is my contribution to the discussion. I hope you enjoy it.
Here now are the 25 greatest shots in the history of golf:
Note: If you're reading this Greg Norman, please don't go any further. You won't like it.