Tapping In: Masters Final Round Drama
Final Round Drama At Augusta
Remember these moments?
- 2012 Bubba’s Punch Shot – In the second sudden death playoff hole against Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba Watson put his drive far right, landing in pine straw. He punched out with a shot that needed a 40-yard left to right hook to have a chance at the green… and did it.
- 2005 Tiger’s Chip – In a playoff against Chris DeMarco Tiger needed a chip shot from a very difficult lie in the rough to come close to the hole. He masterfully played the ball to the back of the green so it rolled down, and in. Voila, a fourth green jacket.
- 1986 Jack Nicklaus birdie – At age 46 the Golden Bear needed a long birdie putt on 17 to secure his 18th major championship, and 6th green jacket. The video of him raising his club is regarded as one of the greatest Masters moments.
- 1986 Larry Mize chip – In a playoff against Greg “The Shark” Norman, Mize holed a 140-foot chip to defeat Norman, who couldn’t hole a birdie putt to tie.
- 2010 Mickelson’s shot from the trees – After a drive on 13 that left him in pine straw in the trees, Mickelson decided to forego a chip out of danger and instead drew the ball around a tree and over water to land softly on the green – exactly the shot he needed to beat Lee Westwood and win his third Masters.
- 1988 Sandy Lyle’s Bunker Buster – After losing his lead in the fourth round, Sandy Lyle wound up on the front lip of a fairway bunker on 18, where he struck a perfect seven iron that resulted in a 6-foot birdie putt, and a remarkable victory over Mark Calcavecchia.
- 2001 Tiger’s Slam – Tiger’s victory at the Masters that year completed his four-in-a-row victories of majors, having won the PGA Championship, the British Open, and the U.S. Open from the previous year. He was 26 years old.
- 1996 Faldo overcomes Norman – Nick’s late charge in the final round sealed Greg Norman’s fate to secure Faldo a third green jacket. The collapse of Norman’s game was also a factor.
- 2004 Mickelson’s first major – At age 33 “Lefty” was still without a major victory when he carded a pair of eagles halfway through the final round, and holed an 18-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole.
- 2012 Oosthuizen Double Eagle – Despite his loss to Bubba Watson that year, Louis was able to make history on the second hole of the final round with a 253-yard 4 iron shot that rolled forever before finding the cup on the 535-yard par five.