The 27 Best Golf Shots of All Time

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA - APRIL 14: Tiger Woods of the United States celebrates after sinking his putt on the 18th green to win during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National Golf Club on April 14, 2019 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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It’s that time of year again. The fresh cut grass. Amen Corner. The green jacket. The PGA Tour is descending on Augusta National for the Masters, the first major championship of the season, and as always, this year has the chance to be an exciting one, with a crop of talented golfers going after the title. But every year—both at Augusta and throughout the professional game—some shots manage to stand out. We put together the best golf shots to get ready for it all.

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Golf is always greatest when competitors are forced to rise to the occasion, beat the odds, and prove they belong among the true champions of the game.

Here’s a look at 27 of those moments.

Jack Nicklaus, 1975 Masters

The Golden Bear on the 16th hole with a 40-foot putt:

Tiger Woods, 2005 Masters

Tiger’s shot seems to balance on hole at the 16th green before going in:

Bubba Watson, 2012 Masters

Bubba’s hook shot far away from hole beautifully sets up his putt:

Phil Mickelson, 2010 Masters

Mickelson’s 200-yard shot from behind pine tree gets within feet of the hole:

Jack Nicklaus, 1986 Masters

Nicklaus’ shot on the 16th hole is almost an ace. But hey, a birdie is never bad:

Louis Oosthuizen, 2012 Masters

Oosthuizen’s double eagle shot makes its long roll to the hole:

Larry Mize, 1987 Masters

Mize, from 140 feet:

Sammy Schmitz, 2015 U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship

Schmitz hits a par-4 ace that got him a place in the Masters (video of his reaction to the hole in one):

Jack Nicklaus, 2015 Par 3 Contest at Augusta National

Nicklaus still has it, even in 2015:

Tiger Woods, 2000 PGA Championship

Arguably one of the best shots of all time: Tiger’s ‘point at the hole’ putt:

Rory McIlroy, 2011 US Open

On the 10th green from a tee shot, McIlroy’s ball nearly makes it to the hole:

Tiger Woods, 2000 Bell Canadian Open

Tiger Woods’ shot on the 18th hole set up the winning putt:

Jack Nicklaus, 1972 US Open

Nicklaus uses an iron on the 17th hole…and hits the flag:

Tiger Woods, 2012 Memorial Tournament

That feeling when you hit a 49-foot shot on the 16th hole:

Seve Ballesteros, 1979 British Open

Ballesteros made this shot from the damn parking lot:

Sam Torrance

This one took 26 seconds. Think about that: 26 seconds.

Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open

Round 3. 13th hole. Tiger from 65 feet:

Tiger Woods 2008 U.S. Open

Tiger managed to force a playoff with this putt on the 72nd hole, and he did it with fractured leg:

Isao Aoki, 1983 Hawaiian Open

This shot from Aoki at the Hawaiian Open takes a 130-yard bounce into the hole:

Michael Phelps at Pro-Am, 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Phelps hits a 159-foot putt:

Vijay Singh, 2009 Masters (during practice)

Go ahead, try this one at home.

Jordan Spieth, 2013 John Deere Classic

Spieth’s 44-foot shot goes off the flag:

Tom Watson, 1982 US Open

Tom Watson’s chip shot hits the flag:

Bob Tway, 1968 PGA Championship

Bob Tway, from the bunker:

Miguel Ángel Jiménez, 2010 British Open

Jiménez goes off the wall:

Tiger Woods, 1996 Milwaukee Open

Tiger. Ace.

Tiger Woods, 2002 PGA Championship

Tiger can see through the forest and the trees:

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