Masters’ week is like 4 days of Christmas for us golf lovers. As we know, The Masters rarely serves up anything less than drama and magic as we pick out our 5 favourite moments.
#5 The Golden Bear
Back in 1986, Jack Nicklaus was 46 and was six years removed from a major victory. As far as the pundits were concerned, he didn’t have hope in hell.
Fortunately, the Golden Bear didn't listen to his naysayers. Nicklaus shot a 30 on the final nine to beat Greg Norman and Tom Kite. In a career with 117 wins and 18 major championships, there are many iconic moments, but his shot on 17 to take the lead is among the most replayed and revered..
#4 Heartbreak for Australia
Greg Norman was cruising in the 1996 Masters. Nick Faldo trailed Norman by six shots heading into the tournament’s final day. With the finish line in sight, every Australian’s nightmare started to unfold. A series of wayward shots as Faldo closed the gap. Norman’s collapse was confirmed as he missed an unforgivable tap-in at the 11th hole, followed by two trips into the water to seal his fate. Meanwhile, Faldo did not blink, rolling home a perfect final putt to claim green jacket for the third time in his career.
#3 Chip of a lifetime.
2005 saw another impossible resurgence on the golfing world’s biggest stage. Tiger Woods looked in trouble as his approach shot missed the 16th green long. Then, Woods’ chip found his desired landing strip, and to the crowd’s delight, began to roll home. Like a clinger from a Carry-On, the ball faltered dramatically just a few cruel millimetres from the hole. Finally, it dropped in and sent Augusta into complete ecstasy. Woods walked away from the tournament victorious, his fourth Masters win.
#2 Tiger is Back!
Tiger Woods entered the 2019 Masters as a four-time champion. As he looked around, most of his contemporaries had been replaced by a younger generation of golfers who had fallen in love with the game by watching him play. When they headed towards the weekend, Woods was tied for sixth. Saturday started with a stumble when he was over through five holes, before he proceeded to shoot 67.
Tiger made the turn at -10 on Sunday, three shots back, and surged through the back nine to take the sole lead with a birdie at 15. He birdied 16, and with a par on 17 ensured all he needed was a bogey on 18 to add another green jacket to his collection. He did just that.
#1 C'mon Aussie!
It doesn't get any better than this for Aussie golf fans. Adam Scott etched his name into the history books when he became the first Australian to win The Masters in 2013. Scott got hot from long range with his long putter at just the right time, making a 20-footer on No. 18 for birdie and adding another birdie from 15 feet on No. 10 in the second hole of a sudden-death playoff with Angel Cabrera.
Scott ended decades of near misses by Aussies at the event.