The 15 Greatest Shots in Golf History
Every week, there is the chance that history will be made. When a player on the PGA Tour, or any other, takes a swing, they are taking a hack at history.
This is a collection of what I believe to the the 15 greatest shots ever hit. If you have any other thoughts, feel free to post a link, for everyone to see.
Just so you are warned, there is a high concentration of Tiger Woods in this slideshow. The guy has a tendency to make some crazy shots I heard.
No. 15: Constantino Rocca 1995 Open Championship
In 1995, John Daly looked poised to win the Open Championship. Constantino Rocca had just left his second shot in the valley of sin on the 18th at St. Andrews, and Daly appeared to be starting a celebration with his wife.
However, Rocca had to make the dramatic finish, draining one of the least probable putts in golf.
Rocca would lose in a playoff, but this shot is still a winner.
The video is in Italian, in honor of Rocca making the putt.
No. 14: Sergio Garcia 1999 PGA Championship
This shot is known for the image of Garcia leaping through the air. Wedged against a tree, the announcers couldn't believe Garcia's decision, or the result.
Garcia wouldn't win, despite this shot, and the question still remains: "where would Garcia be today?"
No. 13: Tiger Woods 2000 PLAYERS Championship
Double-breaker at TPC Sawgrass' 17th was no match for Tiger Woods. After all, that shot was "better than most."
No. 12: Tiger Woods 2008 US Open 13th Hole Round Three
To be honest, I don't know why more people don't appreciate this shot. If it didn't hit the hole, it was gone. But it did, Tiger made eagle on 18 too, and we all know what the next two days would hold.
No. 11: Jonathan Byrd Walk-off Win
Three man quadruple overtime in golf. How do you win it? Walk-off hole in one. Isn't that how you do it?
No. 10: Phil Mickelson 2010 Masters
If I were to pick a shot to describe Phil Mickelson's career, I would pick this one. Raw, fearless, and great.
No. 9: Jack at 46
Jack Nicklaus had Augusta rumbling when they heard a 46 year old man was on the course. But as Jack said, it was Jack in his prime, not Jack at 46. A cocky guy, he looked away, winked at his son, and let the crowd roar.
No. 8: Bob Tway 1986 PGA Championship
Buried in a bunker after an awful rough lie at Inverness, Bob Tway denied Greg Norman a win in a year where Norman had a share of the lead after every saturday. Please don't go past this shot, though, it would ruin another shot later in the rank.
No. 7: Tom Watson 1982 US Open
Golfers are a cocky bunch. Before this shot, Watson told his caddie this was going in. What is it with the confidence these guys have?
No. 6: Larry Mize 1987 Masters
Augusta is known for contours and a great roll. Here, Larry Mize rolls one in from 110 feet. Oh yeah, he beat Greg Norman too, just like Bob Tway.
No. 5: Ben Hogan 1950 US Open
Since the video isn't available, because there was no video, you'll have to deal with a quick description. Hogan's legs are taped heavily after a car accident that could have cost him the ability to walk.
So he goes out and wins the US Open. His one-iron shot, pictured above, was the most legendary of the round. It was on the last hole, and it forced a playoff which Hogan would win.
No. 4: Phil Mickelson 2007 PLAYERS Championship
So, did you see that little hole Phil hit it through? One of the reporters wanted to see it close up. He later described it as being about two feet on each side at most.
No. 3: Gene Sarazen 1935 Masters
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Down three shots, Gene Sarazen admitted he was looking to make up strokes when he took the swing. Difference was he was planning on a birdie. Well, he took out his 4-wood on the 15th hole, and the ball went up and in the hole. Sarazen's double eagle would force a playoff, which he would also win. For recounting of the shot, click on this link http://www.thegolfchannel.com/golf-videos/masters-memories-gene-sarazen-1935-8909/.
No. 2: Tiger Woods 2005 Masters
No introduction needed.
ESPN ranked it fourth. It's the best in this book. A club God couldn't hit, but Jack could. And he flushed this one.