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Most memorable shots at each hole of the Masters

This is the week of the Masters, the first major men's golf tournament of the year, held on the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club. Since the Masters started in 1934, it has had hundreds of memorable moments and unforgettable shots, good and bad. We thought it would be fun to find the most memorable shot hit on each hole. Finding one for some holes was easier than it was for others. Some holes had several choices, especially the final three. Others had fewer from which to choose. Here is what we came up with:

Hole 1 Par 4, 445 yards. Lee Elder in 1975: With his drive in the opening round, Elder became the first black golfer to play in the Masters.

Hole 2 Par 5, 575 yards. Nick Faldo in 1989: Faldo sank the longest putt in Masters history during the third round. He drained a 100-footer for birdie. It was also a huge shot because he ended the tournament tied with Scott Hoch. Faldo beat Hoch in a sudden-death playoff.

Hole 3 Par 4, 350 yards. Jeff Maggert in 2003: With his tee shot in the bunker during the final round, Maggert tried to blast out with a sand wedge. But the ball hit the lip, bounced back and hit him in the chest, a two-shot penalty. He triple bogeyed and fell out of the lead. He finished fifth.

Hole 4 Par 3, 240 yards. Jack Burke in 1956: Burke hit a driver into a 50 mph wind and came up short of the green. He needed a 9-iron to get on the green, and he parred on his way to a final-round 71. That score was good enough to make up an eight-shot deficit and defeat Ken Venturi for the championship.

Hole 5 Par 4, 455 yards. Jack Nicklaus in 1995: This is two shots, both eagles, an impressive feat for Nicklaus, then 55 years old. In the first round he holed a 5-iron for eagle. In the third round, he holed a 7-iron from 163 yards for eagle. The feat has not been repeated.

Hole 6 Par 3, 180 yards. Billy Joe Patton in 1954: Trying to become the first amateur to win the tournament, Patton made a hole-in-one during the final round. But he finished one shot out of a playoff spot with Ben Hogan and Sam Snead.

Hole 7 Par 4, 450 yards. Johnny Miller in 1975: With his birdie, Miller became the first player to birdie six straight holes at the Masters. He set the tournament record by shooting 30 on the front nine.

Hole 8 Par 5, 570 yards. Bruce Devlin in 1967: Devlin recorded a double eagle in the first round, the second in tournament history at the time. He finished tied for 10th.

Hole 9 Par 4, 460 yards. Greg Norman in 1996: Norman's historic collapse in the final round began on this hole. He went for the pin on his second shot, but the ball spun back down the hill and into the fairway. Norman eventually blew a six-shot lead, and Nick Faldo won.

Hole 10 Par 4, 495 yards. Scott Hoch in 1989: Hoch will be remembered for a missed putt. He was in a playoff with Nick Faldo and had a 2-foot par putt to win. He missed it, and Faldo won on the next hole.

Hole 11 Par 4, 505 yards. Larry Mize in 1987: On the second playoff hole against Greg Norman, Mize chipped in out of the bunker from 140 feet to win. The victory was particularly special for Mize because he is an Augusta, Ga., native. It was particularly memorable because of his reaction, arms raised as he jumped up and down.

Hole 12 Par 3, 155 yards. Fred Couples in 1992: Playing with the lead in the final round, Couples blocked his tee shot to the right. The ball hit the bank and began rolling toward Rae's Creek, but it stopped short of the water. Couples chipped close to save par. He went on to win the tournament. "The biggest break probably of my life,'' Couples said of that shot.

Hole 13 Par 5, 510 yards. Arnold Palmer in 1958: In the final round, Palmer eagled to take the lead for good. The eagle came after a controversial par on the 12th hole. Palmer believed his first shot was an imbedded lie, but the official on the spot disagreed. Palmer decided to play a second ball until the head official arrived. He double bogeyed with his first ball but parred with his second. The ruling was that the ball was imbedded. At age 28, Palmer won his first Masters. There is also a plaque on this hole to commemorate the feat.

Hole 14 Par 4, 440 yards. Horton Smith in 1936: Smith chipped in from 50 feet for birdie in the final round to preserve his lead. He went on to win his second, and final, green jacket.

Hole 15 Par 5, 530 yards. Gene Sarazen in 1935: "The shot heard 'round the world.'' Sarazen holed a 235-yard 4-wood for double eagle, which tied Craig Wood for the lead. The next day, Sarazen beat Wood in a 36-hole playoff. The shot helped put the Masters on the golf map.

Hole 16 Par 3, 170 yards. Tiger Woods in 2005: With apologies to Jack Nicklaus and his tremendous tee shot in 1986, Woods has this most memorable shot. He hit his tee shot long and left during the final round and had a delicate chip about 30 feet from the hole. The only way to get close to the pin was to chip to the left and have the ball take a 90 degree turn downhill. The ball tracked to the hole, hung on the lip and dropped in the cup for birdie and a two-shot lead. Woods later beat Chris DiMarco in a playoff for the championship.

Hole 17 Par 4, 440 yards. Jack Nicklaus in 1986: Nicklaus had an 18-foot birdie putt, a double breaker that went left, then right. He drained it, giving himself sole possession of the lead. The image of Nicklaus, who was 46, raising his putter in the air and taking a giant stride toward the hole as the ball fell in is one of the most recognized in Masters history.

Hole 18 Par 4, 465 yards. Sandy Lyle in 1988: Needing birdie to become the first British player to win the Masters, Lyle looked doomed after his drive found the fairway bunker. He used a 7-iron from 145 yards out and knocked the shot 10 feet from the hole. He birdied to beat Mark Calcavecchia. It was the first time a player birdied the 18th hole to win since Arnold Palmer in 1960.

Scorer's tent Roberto de Vincenzo in 1968: Not a shot, but de Vincenzo did sign for one he didn't take. After shooting 65 in the final round that should have set up a playoff with Bob Goalby, de Vincenzo signed his scorecard with the wrong score for No. 17.

De Vincenzo birdied the par-4 hole, but playing partner Tommy Aaron wrote down 4. When de Vincenzo signed the card, he had to take 66. No playoff. Goalby won the Masters.

fast facts


When/where: Thursday-Sunday; Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta, Ga.

Purse: $7 million

Defending champion: Angel Cabrera

Schedule: Monday — Practice rounds; Tiger Woods interview, 2 p.m. (ESPNews,, Tuesday — Practice rounds (live interviews of players, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday — Practice rounds; par 3 tournament, 3 p.m. (ESPN, Thursday — First round (coverage of select groups and holes begins at 10 a.m. on Friday — Second round. Saturday — Third round. Sunday — Final round.

TV: Thursday and Friday, 4-7:30 p.m., ESPN;
Saturday, 3:30-7 p.m., Ch. 10;
Sunday — 2-7 p.m., Ch. 10

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