There have been many memorable Masters moments over the years. Augusta National always seems to bring out the best in players and the course set-up lends itself to some incredible roars from the galleries. Ahead of the 82nd edition of the tournament, we decided to look back through the years to compile the ultimate Augusta round, with footage from some of the best shots over the years.
Here’s a hole-by-hole look at some of the most unforgettable shots and moments from through the years.
1) Charl Schwartzel, 2011
While many people will remember Schwartzel making four birdies to close out his victory at the 2011 Masters, some may not remember how he started that final round. The South African missed the green well to the right and hit one of the greatest chip-and-run shots you will ever see. A worthy start to our list.
2) Louis Oosthuizen, 2010
It’s hard to design the perfect golf shot. However, Louis Oosthuizen’s second shot on the second hole of 2010 Masters Tournament may be a good place to start. The 2010 Open champion hand a two iron in his hands from around 270 yards out when he hit this incredible shot that will long be remembered at Augusta.
3) Charl Schwartzel, 2011
Three holes in and already our second Charl Schwartzel shot. Easy to see why when you watch the 2011 champion hit this perfect wedge approach to the tricky Sunday pin position on the short, par-four third hole.
4) Jordan Spieth, 2014
It was 2014 when Jordan Spieth announced himself onto the world stage when he co-led the Masters heading into the final round. Just 20 years old, he was paired with Bubba Watson on Sunday and faced a tricky bunker shot on the long, par-three fourth hole. Fail to make par and he would drop out of the lead, hole it and he would lead by himself. To see what happened next, click play below.
5) Russell Henley, 2017
American Russell Henley was born, and grew up, just 100 miles from Augusta National Golf Club. He showed some impressive local knowledge in the final round in 2017 on the difficult fifth hole. His shot was so good, the greenkeepers were forced to move the hole!
6) Chris DiMarco, 2004
Over the course of a 12-month period, Chris DiMarco lit up Augusta National. Despite never winning the Green Jacket, the American featured in the final group on Sunday in both 2004 and 2005, losing out to Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods respectively. However DiMarco does have some crystal at home from Augusta National, thanks to this touch of magic in the opening round back in 2004.
7) Adam Scott, 2017
Adam Scott has enjoyed a lot of success around Augusta National. His win in 2013 was one of five straight top 20 finishes at the Masters, which included a T18th in 2010 thanks in part to this incredibly well-judged approach shot to the tricky green on the seventh hole.
8) Billy Horschel, 2016
The second of the two par fives on the front nine, the eighth hole, has provided plenty of fireworks over the years as players try to hit two long, uphill shots to the narrow green. Quite often a chance for eagle, Billy Horschel proved in 2016 that you don’t have to find the green in order to make a three here.
9) Tim Clark, 2006
In 2006, Tim Clark finished runner-up at Augusta to eventual winner Phil Mickelson. Playing alongside Tiger Woods on Sunday, Clark hit produced a touch of magic on the ninth hole for his second straight birdie. Members would tell you that the right side of the fairway is the preferred line to the green but Clark’s ball ended up left, partially blocked by the trees. Over to you Tim.
10) Ben Crenshaw, 1988
American Ben Crenshaw has won twice around Augusta, first in 1984 then 11 years later in 1995. During the final round of his first victory, Crenshaw took charge of the tournament with an enormous, 60-foot birdie putt on the tenth hole. The commentator at the time said it was “one of the greatest putts I’ve ever seen”. To this day, it remains one of the greatest putts Augusta has ever witnessed.
11) KJ Choi, 2004
KJ Choi never won a Major but the Korean did notch three top ten finishes at Augusta, including a solo third place finish in 2004. During that event, Choi became just the third player in tournament history to make an eagle two on the 11th hole at Augusta. From 220 yards, it was a shot of pure perfection.
12) Curtis Strange, 1988
Only three players have ever aced the 12th hole at Augusta during the Masters. First was Claude Harmon in 1947, next was amateur William Hyndman in 1959. The most recent, and most famous hole in one at Amen Corner, belongs to Curtis Strange during the second round of the 1988 Masters.
13) Jon Rahm, 2017
The 13th hole at Augusta has historically ranked as the second easiest hole at the Masters, with countless eagles over the years. One of those eagles belonged to Jon Rahm in his debut at Augusta last year. The Spaniard completed his eagle in true Spanish style, from over the back of the green on Sunday.
14) Phil Mickelson, 2010
As well as winning the Green Jacket in 2010, Phil Mickelson made history at Augusta becoming just the third player in tournament history to card back-to-back eagles during a round. Having holed from ten feet for eagle on the par-five 13th hole on Saturday, Mickelson then hit this perfectly judged wedge on the 14th hole for his second consecutive eagle.
15) Sergio Garcia, 2017
Ask anyone to name a shot from Sergio Garcia’s victory at Augusta last year and nearly everyone will point to the Spaniard’s approach to the par five 15th hole. From 188 yards, Garcia unleashed an eight iron that came down just short of the pin, made contact with the flagstick and then set up an eagle three to see him move into the lead for the first time on the back nine Sunday.
16) Shane Lowry, 2016
There have been 19 aces recorded at the 16th of the Masters, including four in the last two years. One of those came in 2016 courtesy of Ireland’s Shane Lowry, which was the 16th hole in one on the 16th hole. Cue the celebrations!
17) Jack Nicklaus, 1986
In 1986, Jack Nicklaus turned back to the clock and won the Masters at 46 years old. It was his record 18th Major and he became the oldest player ever to win the Green Jacket. There were many highlights during Nicklaus’ famed final round 65 but perhaps the most famous was his birdie putt on the par-four 17th hole.
18) Sandy Lyle, 1988
In 1988, Sandy Lyle became the first British golfer to win the Masters. Arriving at the 18th hole tied for the lead, the Scot needed a birdie to win the Green Jacket. His one iron found the fairway bunker and a tricky lie near the front lip. Lyle took out a seven iron and hit one of the great Masters shots, converting the putt for his first Major title and the first of four straight wins for Brits at Augusta.
So there you have it: 11 eagles, six birdies, three holes in one, one albatross and a cumulative round of 29 under par.