A great moment in sport is a mixture of mastery and luck most of the time. Golf has provided us with many great moments in which perfection was achieved. In the following we will break down the top 5 greatest shots in golf history; it’s normal if you disagree and think other shots should have been included instead, because greatness can’t be measured, it’s only a matter of perspective.
5. Phil Mickelson and the lucky 13th hole
Phil Mickelson is a true daredevil of golf. In the 2010 Masters he was holding a one-shot lead and with the impediment of the two trees that stood in front of him and a mind blowing distance of 207 yards, he just took the swing like it was nothing. The ball took a perfect trajectory and landed just 4 feet away from the hole. After the tournament he declared very amused and relaxed that the gap between the trees wasn’t big but it was enough to fit the ball through it, making it look like an easy shot; it was a miracle that the ball landed so close to the 13th hole and the trajectory was very precise even if there were obstacles along the way.
4. McDowell and the albatross
There was a distance of 186 yards between Graeme McDowell and the hole that was guarded by water. At the time he was three shots off the lead with just two holes remaining. The then 28 year old player kept his cool and hit the ball with a seven iron, taking a perfect bounce before rolling into the cup. The shot he took at the 17th hole at Valderrama in 2007 is one of golf’s best shots ever.
3.Yang’s 2009 PGA shot
In 2009 Yang became the first Asian born golf player to win a major tournament. This is even more amazing due to the fact that he was competing against the great Tiger Woods who was clearly favorite. There was a lot of pressure put on him as he took the shot for the 18th hole. The pressure grew bigger on him because the player was stuck between two trees and he had a tiny landing zone to aim for. No one saw it coming as the Asian hit the ball and it landed close to the hole, making a follow up put afterwards to win the championship. It’s intense moments like these that make great shots appear.
2. Shaun Micheel in the 2003 PGA
Being ranked number 169th in the world, no one tought that Shaun Micheel would win the 2003 PGA Championship. When he arrived at the 18th hole he gave fans everywhere one of the most beautiful shots in golf history. With 174 yards between him and the hole, he pulled out the seven iron and made the crazy and unbelievable shot that made the ball land two inches from the whole. Of course, after making this incredible shot he followed up with a simple tap on the ball and won the PGA against all odds and with immense pressure on him.
1. Tiger Woods’s shot at the 2005 Masters
There can’t be a golf best of top without Tiger Woods.The shot he made in the 2005 Masters was extremely accurate; you have to see it twice to belive your eyes. That shot provided golf with the most intense moment in its history as the ball didn’t enter the hole immediately, but after a 1.8 second hung on the lip of the hole. The 16th hole was guarded by a lake and the choice Woods made seemed crazy and impossible. He pitched in for a birdie; the ball was spinning halfway up the ridge before making the right turn and slowly rolling into the whole. After making this incredible shot, he kept his cool and won the tournament.