With the 2020 Masters, which was scheduled to be played this week at Augusta National, postponed until November, The Post this week is re-living some of the most memorable moments coinciding with each round of the Masters. Here’s a look at some memorable Sunday Masters moments:
The “Shot heard ’round the world’’
The passing of time perhaps leaves this particular Masters memory a bit faded, but Gene Sarazen’s double-eagle in the Sunday fourth round in 1935, the second year of the event, remains perhaps the greatest single shot ever hit in the tournament.
It’s been said that the Sarazen shot put the Masters on the map. The tournament, in fact, wasn’t even called the “Masters’’ yet. It was called the “Augusta National Invitation Tournament.’’
Standing over his second shot on the 485-yard, par-5 No. 15 hole, Sarazen trailed Craig Wood by three strokes. With 235 yards to the hole, Sarazen hit his 4-wood over the water, onto the green and into the hole.
Sarazen, who played the last three holes in even-par to tie Wood and force a 36-hole Monday playoff that he won, always said he never saw the ball go in.
“I couldn’t see that far,” Sarazen once said. “All I could see was the people jumping up. It was a lucky shot. I was playing for position, you know. I usually didn’t hit a four-wood that far, but I had to be pumped up. When you hole a shot out like that, it’s luck. It’s not something you expect to get. There’s a lot of luck in golf.”
Bobby Jones, the founder of the Masters, once wrote about the shot years later for a guide for Masters spectators and penned, “Others have holed out long approaches, but never when it meant so much. This is the golf shot that was said to have been heard around the world. The cheer that went up might well have been.”
One written account reported there were just 22 people at the 15th green to witness the shot, but Sarazen often joked that 22,000 claimed to have been there to see it.
Oh, Greg. Not again.
No player in Masters history has a more cursed history with Augusta National than Greg Norman, who’s come close to winning more often than anyone without winning a green jacket.
There was the Larry Mize playoff chip-in in 1987 that doomed Norman. There was Jack Nicklaus, at age 46, boat-racing him in the final round in 1986. None, however, was more difficult to stomach for him than 1996, when he blew a six-shot final-round lead and lost to Nick Faldo.
Norman, hitting balls in the water on Nos. 12 and 16, shot 40 on the back nine that Sunday and finished with a 78 to the 67 that Faldo shot to win his third green jacket.
“Of all the ones I’ve let slip away, this was the one,” Norman said afterward. “Call it what you want to call it. I let it get away.”
When it was over and they walked off the 18th green, Faldo put his arm around Norman’s shoulder and tried to console him.
“I honestly and genuinely feel sorry for Greg for what he’s going through right now,” Faldo said. “I hope I’m remembered for shooting a 67 on the last day and storming through, but obviously, it will be remembered for what happened to Greg.”
Lefty is finally right
Phil Mickelson was famously 0-for-42 in major championships (despite having won 22 PGA Tour events) when he arrived to the 2004 Masters and had long grown tired of people labeling him “the best player never to win a major.’’
That all ended with a scorching Sunday back nine to overtake Ernie Els and win the first of his three green jackets. Mickelson’s back-nine charge was one for the ages — with five birdies in the last seven holes for a 31, the lowest back nine by a winner since Jack Nicklaus’ 30 in 1986.
“Oh, my God,” Mickelson screamed to his caddie, Jim “Bones’’ Mackay when his winning putt dropped on 18.
“I think having, in the past 10 years, come so close so many times, to have had putts made on me in the last holes to lose by a shot, to have had good last rounds fall short, to have bad last rounds and fall short, to have it be such a difficult journey to win my first major, makes it that much more special, sweeter, and it just feels awesome,” Mickelson said. “I had a different feeling playing this week. When I was out on the course, I didn’t feel the anxiety of it slipping away, or how is the tournament going or who is doing what. It was, ‘Let’s hit some shots.’ ’’
And so he did.