The 10 great Masters moments

  • Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2013 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Sunday, April 14, 2013 9:18 a.m.
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Tiger Woods reacts after winning the Masters in a playoff with Chris DiMarco on the 18th hole during final round play of the golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2005. It has been eight years since Woods rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt to win the Masters in a playoff for his fourth green jacket.
AP file photo Tiger Woods reacts after winning the Masters in a playoff with Chris DiMarco on the 18th hole during final round play of the golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 10, 2005. It has been eight years since Woods rolled in a 15-foot birdie putt to win the Masters in a playoff for his fourth green jacket.

Ask anyone – golf enthusiasts, Sports Illustrated and Golf Digest staff, and Augusta National officials – what their top Masters moments are, and it's likely each person will have a different list.

The tournament is rife with memorable moments, whether it's Jack Nicklaus's sixth Masters win in 1986 or Bubba Watson's hooking, 161-yard shot that landed just 15 feet from the flag on the 10th hole in 2012.

The Aiken Standard came up with its own list of unforgettable moments.

1935: Gene Sarazen's double eagle from more than 230 yards out on the 15th hole. It is known as the “shot heard around the world,” and Sarazen would end up winning. The tournament at that time was known as the Augusta Invitational.

1953: Ben Hogan wins the Masters, the first of three consecutive majors he would win, as he would later go onto win the U.S. Open and the British Open, arguably golf's greatest season. Hogan was nearly killed in a car accident in 1949.

1960: Arnold Palmer's consecutive birdies on 17 and 18 to overtake Ken Venturi, giving Palmer a Masters victory by one stroke.

1961: Gary Player became the first non-American to win the Masters tournament.

1975: Lee Elder becomes the first African-American player to qualify and play in the Masters. The Augusta National wouldn't open its membership to African Americans until 1990.

1979: Spaniard Severiano Ballesteros' victory in 1979 opens the flood gate to a series of victories by European golfers in future Masters tournaments.

1986: Jack Nicklaus wins his sixth Masters at age 46, becoming the oldest player to win the major, with a score of 30 on the back nine.

1987: Local boy makes good, when Augusta's Larry Mize, who had worked the scoreboard at the Masters as a teenager, would go onto win golf's most venerable major by defeating Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman in a playoff.

1997: Tiger Woods wins the first of his four Masters titles, and in doing so, shatters Jack Nicklaus' 32-year old scoring record of 271, by carding a 270.

2004: Phil Mickelson wins his first Masters by sinking an 18-foot putt for birdie on the 18th and final hole.

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