Golf365 Recall: The Top 10 greatest shots played by Tiger Woods at the Masters
Excitement is high and so are expectations; the four-time champion is back in form so Matt Cooper looks back at the high points of his Augusta National history.
The Ridiculously-Difficult-Made-Easy Shot
Finding the green on the par-4 11th is not easy. Instead it is very, very demanding. Fear of hitting the ball into the water on the left leads many to bail out on the right. Not many players leave their approaches close, fewer still do so in the final round, fewer yet nearly hole it, as Tiger did in 2001.
The Hook Shot
“Where’s the best miss?” Ken Brown asked Sam Torrance on commentary, as Tiger prepared to attempt a hooked approach shot at the ninth hole, from the first cut, ball below his feet, around the trees, to a raised green protected by bunkers either side. Second later the ball landed on the green. “Oh my God,” spluttered Torrance. Quite. Just watch Tiger leap across the fairway. He knows it’s a bit good.
The Hook Shot Part 2
This one is just silly. Just look where his feet are aiming. If you can’t quite work out how brilliant this shot is, the man who uploaded this video to YouTube uses his finger to explain.
The Phantom Shot
The shot that wasn’t a shot. 13th tee, 2007, the shadow of a bird flies across his sight-line. Cue, this …
The Never Say Die Shot
Woods looked totally down and out when he conjured up this absolute beauty of an approach to the 7th hole during the final round of the 2010 tournament. He still didn’t end up winning, but the shot proved just how dangerous it is to ever write Tiger off.
The Scramble Shot
With so much to his game it’s often overlooked that one of Tiger’s greatest ever strengths was the ability to save par. Few have ever done it better. On the one hand it meant (means?) relentlessly draining three to eight foot par putts. It also meant/means recovering from errant approaches, as in this example, a chip-and-run from the pine straw during the final round in 1997. Maybe not as dramatic as other Augusta chip shots, but of the very highest quality.
The Stinger Shot
An Augusta stinger? You got it: 7th tee, final round, 2008. Boom.
The Savage Shot(s)
A shot in a different sense. And not just one. Ahead of the third round in 1997 Monty tried to land a metaphorical shot. It didn’t land. It didn’t even come close. Instead Woods landed shot after shot after shot after shot after shot of his own. The barrage left Monty visibly shell-shocked – and the golf world was not far behind.
The Cruel Shot
“Oh no!” gasped David Feherty on commentary. “You have GOT to be kidding me!” Tiger has just played his third shot to the par-5 15th hole in the second round of the 2013 event. In the air it looks good, but it crashed into the flag stick and ricocheted at speed back into the water. Chaos then ensued. He eventually made bogey-6 which later became a contentious triple bogey-8 when he was penalised for dropping in the wrong spot.
The Number One Shot
What a moment, what a stage, what a commentary.
“Oh my goodness. Oh! Wow! In your life have you seen anything like that?”
Short. Sweet. Perfect.
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