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Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 138
See Stricker's amazing clutch shot in this video. Y OU’D have forgiven Jones for being overawed by the occasion when he stepped up for his approach at the first playoff hole at last year’s Shell Houston Open. Facing a hostile home crowd, a highly-fancied opponent in Matt Kuchar and a difficult third shot over a bunker, the odds were stacked against him. But after Kuchar had left the door open for the Aussie by finding the water and bogeying the 72nd hole, Jones made no mistake, running it down into the hole to secure his first PGA Tour win. P LEASE. Hoisting a ball out of inch-deep water is pressure enough, let alone when there’s a small ledge in front of you, then a steep slope, then almost no green to work with, and it’s to save par on the penultimate hole of the Tour Championship. Bill Haas managed to block all that out to put his ball to within two feet at the 17th hole in 2011, setting up a par before going on to win the tournament and, more importantly, the FedEx Cup title at the very next hole. C RAIG Parry won just twice on the PGA Tour during his 30-odd year professional career and few will remember his maiden victory at the WGC NEC Invitational in 2002. They will, however, remember his second success, at Doral in 2004, thanks to that final shot of the event. With Scott Verplank alongside him in the playoff at the 18th hole, he unsheathed a 2-iron approach and dropped it just a few feet from the hole before watching it roll in. Popeye got so excited he almost achieved elevation after that fist pump. MATT JONES BILL HAAS CRAIG PARRY R OLL back through the years and it’s easy to think that clutch shots are Mickelson’s standard, such was the regularity with which he harnessed his best golf. Lefty produced one such piece of wizardry at the final hole of the 2008 Crowne Plaza Invitational. Surrounded by trees for his approach shot, rather than taking the safe option and punching out into the fairway Mickelson took the high road, hoisting his ball up and over the trees, narrowly avoiding a greenside bunker and landing his ball just nine feet from the hole to set up a winning birdie putt. PHIL MICKELSON
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