Our staff looks at eight shots that stand above the rest when it comes to critical shots at Augusta National:
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Masters rookie Gene Sarazen hits Augusta National’s most famous shot, holing a “spoon” from 235 yards for double eagle at the 485-yard 15th to catch Craig Wood. Sarazen would win a 36-hole playoff the next day.
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Byron Nelson trails by four shots as he heads to the back nine, but makes a key move at the dogleg-left, par-5 13th, where he chips in for eagle-3.
Bobby Jones (right) presents the silver cup trophy to Billy Joe Patton, the low amateur in the 1954 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Patton, who died Jan. 1 at age 88, finished one stroke out of a playoff between Ben Hogan (second from left) and champion Sam Snead (background).
Tony Holquin, left, Mexico’s Open champion, and Roberto De Vicenzo, Argentina’s Open champion, watch Ben Hogan
Jimmy Demaret, two-time Masters Tournament champion, sends his ball out of the sand trap on the edge of the second green during the Masters in Augusta, Ga., April 7, 1950.
Charlie Coe makes a splash as he drives his ball from the mud at the edge of a lake bordering the 15th green, during second round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta, Ga., April 6, 1951.
Ben Hogan, of Ft. Worth, Texas, chips out of the crowd to the 7th green after his approach shot rolled from the green and stopped five feet into the spectators in third round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., on April 7, 1951.
Golfer Bobby Jones, left, congratulates Doug Ford after he won the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 7, 1951.
Sam Snead kicks out one foot and leaps for joy as his putt drops in for a par four on the sixth hole during the Masters Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 5, 1952.
Jack Burke Jr. hits from second tee in third round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 5, 1952.
Ben Hogan, Palm Springs, Ca., holds his putter straight up as he watches his ball roll for the cup on the 15th green at the Augusta National Golf Club on April 11, 1953. Hogan entered the 3rd round of The Masters golf tournament with a low 139.
Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr., president of the Augusta National Golf Club, congratulates Master winner Ben Hogan, left, and runner-up Ed “Porky” Oliver, both of Palm Springs, Ca., at the Master Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga., April 12, 1953. Hogan shot a record-breaking 274 for the 72 holes and Oliver had a 279.
Billy Joe Patton searches for his ball in the creek at hole No. 13 in the final round of the 1954 Masters.
Robert Sweeny putts on second green, during third round of 1950 Masters Tournament, on April 8, 1950 in Augusta, Ga.
Cary Middlecoff puts his all into a shot from the 15th fairway during second round of Masters Golf Tournament April 8, 1955.
Golfer Charlie Coe drives from second tee at Augusta, Ga., during the Masters Tournament, April 9, 1955.
Sam Snead, left, and Ben Hogan stroll down the fairway on the eve of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga., April 6, 1955.
Ken Venturi drives off from 14h tee during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta, Ga., on April 6, 1956.
Cliff Roberts and Bobby Jones pose on the fairway during the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga. Apr. 7, 1956.
Jack Burke Jr., left, is congratulated by Bobby Jones after winning the 20th Masters Golf Tournament by one stroke at the Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Ga., April 8, 1956.
Gary Player of Johannesburg, South Africa drives from the 9th tee during the third round of the Masters Golf Tournament in Augusta, Ga. on April 6, 1957.
Masters Tournament golf champ Doug Ford, left, gets assistance from Jack Burke Jr., as he slips into the traditional green jacket worn only by tournament winners, Augusta, Ga., April 8, 1957.
Arnold Palmer, center standing, argues a rules point at the 12th hole after his ball became embedded in the mud during final round of the Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in August, Ga., April 6, 1958. The final ruling gave the 28-year-old Palmer, of Latrobe, Pa., a three on the hole and a 73 round for a 284 total.
Arnold Palmer, left, and Sam Snead rehash their third round play in the Masters Golf Tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in August, Ga., April 5, 1958. Palmer and Snead wound up in a tie for the lead with a 54 hole total of 211.
Arnold Palmer and his wife, Winnie, after he won the Masters in 1958. (AP Photo/Horace Cort)
Art Wall Jr. throws down club and leaps over to retrieve ball from cup on 18th green after putting out in the final round of Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta, Ga., April 5, 1959. He fired a 66 for a total 284 to win the tournament.
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Doug Ford doesn’t need to putt out for his lone Masters victory. From a difficult plugged lie in a greenside bunker at 18, he holes the shot to seal his three-shot triumph over Sam Snead.
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Coming off a birdie at 17, Arnold Palmer needs one more birdie to overtake Ken Venturi. He knocks a low-punch 6-iron to 5 feet and converts the putt.
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Jack Nicklaus, at 46, posts a back-nine 30 that includes a clutch 12-footer for birdie at 17. He tells his caddie/son, Jackie, that the putt would break right, “but it comes back left at the hole.” It did.
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Augusta’s own Larry Mize slays a Shark with an improbable 140-foot chip-in for birdie from the right side of the par-4 11th in a playoff.
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Tiger Woods, embroiled in a tight battle with Chris DiMarco, misses the green long and left at the par-3 16th, but hits a deft pitch that rolls well past the pin, stops, U-turns and trickles down toward the hole, dramatically pausing on the lip before tumbling in.
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In a playoff, Bubba Watson drives right, into the pine straw, at the par-4 10th, but bends a hooking 140-yard wedge onto the green, setting up a two-putt par to win.