The Masters: The Shot I'll Never Forget
Tour players reminisce about their most memorable shots at Augusta National.
Released on 4/4/2016
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I had an outside chance
the year that Charl Schwartzel won,
and I actually was on the 16 tee on Sunday,
playing with Fred Couples,
maybe the coolest guy you can play with on Sunday
at the Masters, 'cause everybody loves him,
he's gonna play well, he knows where to hit it.
Tiger had gone out in 30, which was massive and epic,
and he fired the crowd up.
But I'd got to 15, one behind him.
So the pins were (mumbles) on Sunday on 16,
and I hit this perfect shot.
As soon as I hit it, I know it's hitting
above the pin somewhere and coming down.
When the ball's kind of tracking towards the pin,
you can't really see it from the tee.
But if everyone on the left stands up,
then it's looking pretty good.
I had the chills going.
It's, like, I'm gonna have a hole in one here.
And it didn't, it ended up a couple of feet
and I made birdie.
But that moment was pretty special.
And Freddy did it on top of me, of course.
So they didn't sit down from the tee
until basically til we'd putted out
and got to the 17th tee.
It was just a really special kind of time and moment.
That's the shot you wanna hit at that time,
with that guy, in that place.
It was pretty good.
On 18, I'm stepping up.
You know, the pin's front right.
And of course, I flail it right into that bunker,
and I'm dead.
If you make five here, you're happy,
'cause I don't think you hit the greens.
So I'm, like, You know what?
I'm gonna go sideways, I'm gonna go up the ridge
and try to bring her back.
And I hit just this so soft, spinny la-wedge
out of the bunker.
It lands just on the green and literally doesn't bounce.
It just spins.
And it trickles down the hill and went in.
So I finished my round off with a hole out on 18 like that.
That was definitely probably the most memorable moment
I have so far.
I still think my favorite shot at Augusta, by far,
skipping across 16 pond.
For that type of buttoned-up club
to allow that much fun right before the tournament,
and it kinda loosens the guys up
and it lets them have fun before the storm.
It's on a little down slope.
You have to hood it a little bit,
put it off the back foot,
and make sure it doesn't go straight down in,
because one time, I hit it too steep of an angle
and too hard, and it skipped, and it went probably,
I mean, it went over the people's heads behind the green.
And this is a four iron hitting water.
So you have to be a little bit careful.
But it really is fun to watch all the greats in the game
go down there and skip their balls on 16.
I think it's just one of the great traditions in golf.
Five footer on 18 to win, 'cause I know
if I miss it, it's only two shots, not three.
The five footer on 18.
I feel confident with the putter in my hand.
I just see my line, and I will stroke it.
That's where I'm most comfortable.
Five footer, I'll take the five footer,
put her right in the middle of the hole and call it a day.
Neh. Five footer on 18.
I want the approach on 18. To win it.
You wanna win it, right?
I wanna stick it in the hole.
You got five feet to win the tournament,
and you're gonna talk about hitting a 200-yard shot?
Hey, can I have my own opinion and answer?
No, you can't.
Let me take care-- Shut up.
Of that for you. (laughs)
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