Masters 2013: Masterful shots from champions

Bubba Watson hits a gap wedge from just over 160 yards out of the straw during the second hole of a sudden-death playoff. Watson would land the improbable shot on the green and he two-putted to win the Masters.

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Our staff looks at eight shots that stand above the rest when it comes to critical shots at Augusta National:

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1935

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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1937

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.

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1957

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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1960

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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1986

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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1987

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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2005

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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2012

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.

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