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No. 16, Augusta National GC, fourth round, 2005 Masters
No stranger to wonderful, defy-the-difficulty wedges around the green, Woods outdid himself
after hitting his tee shot long and left on the par 3. He turned 4 into 2 with his incredible point-
to-point pitch en route to his fourth green jacket.
Honorable mentions: Larry Mize, No. 11, Augusta National GC, playoff, 1987 Masters; Tom Watson,
No. 17, Pebble Beach GL, fourth round, 1982 U.S. Open
No. 17, Augusta National GC,
fourth round, 1986 Masters
The sun shone bright that Sunday, illuminating the beltless slacks and lank blond hair of
Nicklaus, 46, in a battle with younger stars.
After a mind-boggling run, the Olden Bear
had 11 feet for one more birdie on a green
harder to read than the stock market. The
double-breaker was for the lead and an even
larger legend. Nicklaus was up to the moment.
Maybe the best putt ever? Yes sir!
Honorable mentions: Costantino Rocca, No.
18, St. Andrews (Old), fourth round, 1995 British
Open; Tiger Woods, No. 18, Torrey Pines GC
(South), fourth round, 2008 U.S. Open
No. 18, Oak Hill CC (East), fourth round,
2003 PGA Championship
Micheel led Chad Campbell by one as he
got to the difficult home hole. But Micheel’s
curlicue swing seemed to be faltering, and he
pulled his drive into the first cut of the rough.
From 175 yards, the world’s 169th-ranked
golfer went at his second shot hard. The
ball cleared trouble in front of the green and
landed as soft as a kiss just short of the pin
before finishing three inches from the hole.
Honorable mention: Robert Gamez, No. 18, Bay
Hill Club, fourth round, 1990 Nestle Invitational
Core Y PAvin
No. 18, Weston Hills G&CC,
fourth round, 1992 Honda Classic
Even in his prime, Pavin required three shots
on the 585-yard par 5. From 136 yards to
a pin dangerously proximate to a water
hazard, the King of Spin swished his familiar
flat-footed, wristy swing. The ball landed
in the jar and stayed there. The eagle tied
Pavin for the lead, and he beat Fred Couples
with a birdie on the second playoff hole.
Honorable mention: Tiger Woods, No. 18,
Firestone CC (South), fourth round,
2000 WGC-NEC Invitational
Jim Fur Yk
No. 15, Conway Farms GC, second round,
2013 BMW Championship
Furyk, already four under through five
holes (he started his round at No. 10),
drove into the fairway on the 334-yard
par 4, leaving 115 yards. He choked down
about two inches for his approach, hitting
a sweet, little draw over a bunker. The
hole-out eagle was the most dramatic
stroke in his 12-under 59, only the sixth
sub-60 round in tour history.
Honorable mention: Angel Cabrera, No. 15,
Oakmont CC, fourth round, 2007 U.S. Open