We surveyed over 4,000 Golf Care policyholders to find out their favourite moments in Masters history – and we’ve got the results. Here’s our countdown of the nation’s Greatest Masters Moments!
10) Woosnam’s Win
The only Welshman ever to win The Masters, Ian Woosnam stormed to victory in 1991. Standing at just 5 feet 4 ½ inches (he’s very particular about the half-inch), Woosie was World Number One coming into the tournament, and confirmed his status as the world’s best by sinking a nerveless seven-foot putt to win.
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9) McIlroy’s Meltdown
No matter how many majors he wins, and when (or if) he eventually grabs the prestigious Green Jacket – Rory McIlroy will never quite escape his memorable collapse in the 2011 Masters. Leading by four shots on the final day – the 10th proved his undoing. As the video shows, he ended the hole with a triple-bogey seven, catapulting him from the lead to being tied for seventh. His round never recovered.
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8) Jack Nicklaus’s 1986 Win
Some Masters moments are remembered by golfers of all ages, and Jack Nicklaus’ historic win in 1986 is definitely one of those. Written off at the age of 46 coming into the tournament, the Sunday saw a charge like no other. Sit back, watch and enjoy – no words needed.
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7) Phil Mickelson’s Pine Straw Shot
Twice-Masters winner Phil Mickelson was looking for his third Green Jacket on the Sunday of 2010. Having just birdied 12th to take his first lead of the week, he pulled his tee shot on the 13th, where it landed on the pine straw behind two trees off the fairway. Most players would have played safe and layed up. Not Big Phil.
Mickelson hit a strong 6-iron that squeezed the two pines by millimeters, travelling 203 feet to nestle 4 feet from the hole. In the commentary booth, Sit Nick Faldo labelled it “the greatest shot of his life”. Judge for yourself…
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6) Spieth’s Collapse
There’s something in the water at Augusta, there must be. Nowhere else do the demons seem to rise up and affect even the most mentally strong of players. After McIlroy’s 2011 disaster – Jordan Spieth followed suit last year.
Miles ahead on the final day, he threw away a five-shot lead with a quadruple-bogey on 12th to let Danny Willet take the Green Jacket off him. Can he avoid the same mental weakness this year?
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5) Bubba Watson’s Nerves Of Steel
Golf tournaments have a way of creating drama, and The Masters is always one of the most dramatic. In its 76th edition, Bubba Watson – who some call the most naturally gifted golfer of his generation – followed in Big Phil’s steps and rescued a shot from the trees to win the second hole of the playoff and take home the Green Jacket. He hadn’t made worse than bogey all week.
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4) Danny Willett’s Miracle
The flip-side of the Jordan Spieth meltdown was the emergence of Danny Willett to storm past him to victory. As Spieth crumbled around Amen Corner, Sheffield-born Willett clawed back the difference and held his nerve to pip the devastated Texan to the prize.
To make it even more historic, the Englishman wasn’t even certain to play originally, as his wife was giving birth. In the end, he’s definitely glad he did!
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3) Sandy Lyle’s Bunker Shot
Speaking of nerves, perhaps the most famous clutch shot in Masters history came back in April 1988, when Sandy Lyle became the first British golfer to win The Masters. It all hinged on his famous bunker shot.
Joint-leader on the final hole, he drove his tee shot into a bunker and looked finished. But he dug it out in style, landing 10 feet from the hole and sank the putt to send the crowd into raptures.
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2) Greg Norman And Nick Faldo
We’ve had McIlroy’s meltdown and Spieth’s collapse. However, there’s one Masters implosion that stands above all the others in the record books, Greg Norman vs. Nick Faldo.
In 1996, ‘Great White Shark’ Greg Norman had a six-shot lead over fierce rival Nick Faldo on the final day. Despite several near misses, he had never won The Masters – but looked certain to now. He then three-bogeyed the ninth and ended up losing by five after a round of 78. Faldo, by contrast, shot 67 – the lowest round of the weekend. As collapses go, it has to be seen to be believed.
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1) Tiger Wood’s 16th Chip
Some golf shots are so iconic that they don’t need huge descriptions. People just refer to it as ‘Tiger’s Chip’.
Deep in the rough at the edge of the 16th green. Sunday of the 2005 Masters. Tiger takes his time and hits the sweetest chip which rolls, and rolls and rolls. With a true sense of theatre, it hangs on the lip of the hole for an eternity and finally drops. Pandemonium ensures.
Quite simply, the greatest Masters moment of all time – and the nation’s favourite!
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