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Golf Australia Express : Launch
THIS was ruly one of the most amazing shots in golf, let alone in Masters history. Ever the gambler, Phil Mickelson decided to have a crack at going for the green in two at Augusta’s par-5, 13th in Round 4 of the 2010 tournament. Nothing unusual about that. Sure it would require a precise iron over Rae’s Creek which ran through the front of the green. No problem. The only issue for Lefty was his ball sat directly behind a pine tree, blocking his view of the green. Oh, and it sat there on Augusta’s confidence-crushing pine needles. Ignoring advice from his longtime caddie and friend, Jim “Bones” Mackay, Mickelson produced one of the purest shots in golf. His 6-iron draw from pine needles between two tree trunks—the ball flew the creek and stopped about 4 feet from the hole—was declared “the greatest shot of his life,” b y commentator Nick Faldo. It is no doubt a shot that will define his brilliant career. Unfortunately, Phil missed the putt for eagle, but managed to go on and win his 3rd green jacket. There’s not a lot we can say other than it still gives us chills when we see it. Let’s set the scene. It’s the final round of the 2005 US Masters. Tiger and Chris DiMarco are engaged in a head-to head tussle for the famed green jacket. At the par-3 16th (with Tiger holding a one-shot lead), Woods overshoots the green, winding up on the left side in a tricky up-and-down position. What happens next defies logic. With the traditional Sunday pin placement—way left at the bottom of a swale—Woods chips a good 20-feet away from the flag above the hole. The slope of the green trickles his ball toward to the hole. It stops right on the lip of the cup, wavers, then drops in. Pandemonium ensues. Not even Hollywood could have made it up. OTG NO.2 NO.1 PHIL THE THRILL TIGER’S TOPPLER COMPETITION To go in the draw to win a dozen Dixon Golf Earth balls (valued at $49.95), email your ‘5 Greatest Clutch Shots in History’to editor@otgmag. com.au