Top 4 most unlikely high pressure shots in the history of golf
High pressure shots with considerable stakes are what make golfing a thrilling and enjoyable sport, and French golfer Victor Dubuisson’s legendary status due to his mind-blowing performance in the final of the 2014 WGC-Match Play Championship is testament to the importance given to skillful shots in golf.
Here we’ve compiled a list of the 4 most unlikely high pressure shots in the history of the sport that have made golf an enjoyable spectacle for both fans, as well as punters looking to place bets on the game.
It is interesting to note that betting interest in golf has increased significantly in the recent years due to the growth of internet gambling portals and their easily accessible free betting offers online, giving players a seamless gambling experience from the comfort of their homes. Below you can read more about these incredible shots that have gone down into the history books.
Phil Mickelson’s save at Colonial, 2008
On the prowl for another PGA Tour win, Mickelson, who is known for his rash gambles on the golf course, had lost his tee shot wide off the fairway and appeared to be trapped, considering that he was surrounded by thick shrubbery and trees. Many spectators were of the opinion that Mickelson would simply punch out, however he took a wedge from around 140 yards out, thrust the ball high over the treeline and landed it 9 feet clear of the hole to set up a winning putt.
Miguel Angel Jimenez’s off the wall shot at British Open, 2010
The Road Hole at St. Andrews is one of the most difficult holes in golf, and is the nightmare of any professional golfer. At the British Open in 2010, Jimenez went for an approach that took him wide off the green, and placed him just next to a stone wall. While an ordinary player might have considered it an unplayable lie, Jimenez hit the ball into the wall, landing it on the green approximately 15 feet from the cup.
Bill Haas pars No. 17 from the water at the Tour Championship, 2011
This shot was crucial for Bill Haas, who has just returned to golf after the death of his friend, as he was not only aiming to win the Tour Championship, but also had his eyes on the FedEx Cup title. In this match his playoff opponent was Hunter Mahan, who was playing the game with considerable composure and tenacity, giving stiff competition to Haas. Bill came into a tight spot when the ball landed in the water just left of the green, but with a seamless shot he knocked it to within 2 feet to set up a par, and ended up winning the tournament on the next hole.
Tiger Woods chip shot at the US Masters, 2005
Against all odds, after the announcers had explained that it was impossible for Tiger Woods to land the ball close to the hole after a rather poor tee shot, Woods adopted a strange strategy and knocked the ball around thirty feet away (as also detailed on this page) from the hole onto a slope, and watched it along with the other spectators as it rolled back into the hole.
These shots stand out as some of the most defining moments in the history of golf, capturing the imagination of fans and players alike.
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