The Masters: The Shot I'll Never Forget

Tour players reminisce about their most memorable shots at Augusta National.

Released on 4/4/2016

Transcript

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(gentle piano music)
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I had an outside chance
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the year that Charl Schwartzel won,
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and I actually was on the 16 tee on Sunday,
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playing with Fred Couples,
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maybe the coolest guy you can play with on Sunday
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at the Masters, 'cause everybody loves him,
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he's gonna play well, he knows where to hit it.
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Tiger had gone out in 30, which was massive and epic,
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and he fired the crowd up.
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But I'd got to 15, one behind him.
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So the pins were (mumbles) on Sunday on 16,
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and I hit this perfect shot.
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As soon as I hit it, I know it's hitting
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above the pin somewhere and coming down.
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When the ball's kind of tracking towards the pin,
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you can't really see it from the tee.
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But if everyone on the left stands up,
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then it's looking pretty good.
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I had the chills going.
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It's, like, I'm gonna have a hole in one here.
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And it didn't, it ended up a couple of feet
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and I made birdie.
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But that moment was pretty special.
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And Freddy did it on top of me, of course.
00:43
So they didn't sit down from the tee
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until basically til we'd putted out
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and got to the 17th tee.
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It was just a really special kind of time and moment.
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That's the shot you wanna hit at that time,
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with that guy, in that place.
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It was pretty good.
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On 18, I'm stepping up.
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You know, the pin's front right.
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And of course, I flail it right into that bunker,
01:02
and I'm dead.
01:03
If you make five here, you're happy,
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'cause I don't think you hit the greens.
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So I'm, like, You know what?
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I'm gonna go sideways, I'm gonna go up the ridge
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and try to bring her back.
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And I hit just this so soft, spinny la-wedge
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out of the bunker.
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It lands just on the green and literally doesn't bounce.
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It just spins.
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And it trickles down the hill and went in.
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So I finished my round off with a hole out on 18 like that.
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That was definitely probably the most memorable moment
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I have so far.
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I still think my favorite shot at Augusta, by far,
01:30
skipping across 16 pond.
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For that type of buttoned-up club
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to allow that much fun right before the tournament,
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and it kinda loosens the guys up
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and it lets them have fun before the storm.
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It's on a little down slope.
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You have to hood it a little bit,
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put it off the back foot,
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and make sure it doesn't go straight down in,
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because one time, I hit it too steep of an angle
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and too hard, and it skipped, and it went probably,
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I mean, it went over the people's heads behind the green.
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And this is a four iron hitting water.
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So you have to be a little bit careful.
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But it really is fun to watch all the greats in the game
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go down there and skip their balls on 16.
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I think it's just one of the great traditions in golf.
02:18
Five footer on 18 to win, 'cause I know
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if I miss it, it's only two shots, not three.
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The five footer on 18.
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I feel confident with the putter in my hand.
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I just see my line, and I will stroke it.
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That's where I'm most comfortable.
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Five footer, I'll take the five footer,
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put her right in the middle of the hole and call it a day.
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Five footer.
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Neh. Five footer on 18.
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I want the approach on 18. To win it.
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You wanna win it, right?
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I wanna stick it in the hole.
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You got five feet to win the tournament,
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and you're gonna talk about hitting a 200-yard shot?
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You soft?
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Hey, can I have my own opinion and answer?
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No, you can't.
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Let me take care-- Shut up.
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Of that for you. (laughs)
02:55
(gentle piano music)
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