Tiger Woods' chip shot and more memorable moments in Masters history

Sport360 staff 15:39 04/04/2018
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Tiger Woods won the 2005 edition after a moment of brilliance.

For golf fans around the world, all eyes will be on Augusta as the 82nd edition of The Masters begins on Thursday.

Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are just some of the big names playing over the next four days in Georgia, with the aim of wearing the famous green jacket on Sunday evening.

The competition is the first major of the year and previous editions have provided plenty of drama with some brilliant and memorable moments.

We look back the five of the Masters highlights from yesteryear…

1978: GARY PLAYER‘S FINAL NINE HOLES

The South African was eight shots off the lead going into the final round but Player came out of nowhere to claim his third green jacket. That was largely thanks to birdies on seven of the final 10 holes. His final round of 64 is still tied for the lowest final round score in Masters history.

1986: JACK NICKLAUS‘ WIN AGED 46

The legend proved that age was no barrier when it comes to winning titles. He had already won five times at Augusta but his sixth will probably go down as his greatest. Not only did he become the oldest major winner at 46, but he also came from behind to beat beat Seve Ballesteros, Tom Kite and Greg Norman.

2005: TIGER WOODS’ CHIP SHOT

Fans were left in awe as the American produced a moment of brilliance with the club. Facing an impossible shot at the 16th hole, Woods took a risk, chipping the ball far to the left of the cup and letting the ball roll into the hole for a birdie. Fitting stuff from the world No1 as he triumphed for his fourth Augusta title.

2010: PHIL MICKELSON‘S TREE SHOT

Not short of confidence when it comes to taking risks, Mickelson took a major one on the par five 13th hole. With a two-shot lead, he hit his tee shot into the woods behind a pine tree, making his chances even more difficult. But with his 6-iron, delivered one of the greatest shots to win for the third time.

2017: SERGIO GARCIA‘s PLAY-OFF WIN

At the 74th time of asking, finally there was something to celebrate for Garcia. The Spaniard had to do it the hard way after seeing a three-shot lead turn into a two-shot deficit with seven holes to play. But, Garcia held his nerve to pip Justin Rose in a memorable play-off to cap a special victory.

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