- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AUGUSTA, GA. (AP) - No other major championship has a greater collection of signature shots than the Masters, mainly because it’s the only major held on the same course. And it helps that Augusta National is such a course that allows for such big moments.

There was the “shot heard `round the world” and a shot right out of “Bubba golf.” There has been an eagle made on every hole except for the par 5s, where there has been an albatross on all of those, with Louis Oosthuizen finally get a “2” on the par-5 second hole last year.

According to an Associated Press story from 1935, there were only about 2,000 people in the gallery when Gene Sarazen holed out his 4-wood on the par-5 15th hole in 1935. Thousands more later claimed to witness the historic shot.

Here’s one list of the five greatest shots in Masters history:



No list of great shots at Augusta National should exclude Jack Nicklaus, a six-time champion. His 30 on the back nine in 1986, which carried him to his sixth green jacket, was the most famous charge of all. If there was a signature moment, it happened on the par-3 16th.

Nicklaus was coming off an eagle when he walked over to the 16th tee, which was playing about 175 yards. He hit a 5-iron, and as the ball was still climbing, Nicklaus stooped over and picked up the tee _ partly because he couldn’t see so well, partly because he knew he hit it how he wanted.

His son, Jackie, was caddying for him that week and said, “Be right.”

Nicklaus replied, “It is.”

And it was.

The ball landed right of the pin and trickled down, narrowly missing a hole-in-one and leaving him a short birdie putt that he converted on his way to victory.



Sandy Lyle had the lead going into the final round of the 1988 Masters, but found himself in a tight battle with Mark Calcavecchia on the back nine. He was tied for the lead going to the last hole, knowing he would need a birdie to win.

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