Three Epic Moments in Golf

2016 marked golf's return to the summer Olympics, reaffirming the sport's importance on an international scale. What better time to celebrate some of history's most famous golf shots and stories?

Bubba Watson's 2012 Masters Recovery

When Bubba Watson's drive landed in the woods off the 10th hole fairway, it seemed like he had surely lost the sudden death playoff to Louis Oosthuizen. 165 yards, blocked by a cherry tree, a magnolia tree, and a TV tower, stood between him and the pin. Yet, in spite of the difficult ball position and high-pressure situation, Watson managed to hook the ball roughly 45 yards, turning an almost 90-degree angle in mid air. His shot landed on the green, within 10 feet of the pin. What makes this one of the most epic golf shots and stories of all time? It comes down to a whole lot of physics. According to ESPN Sport Science, Watson's ball was spinning at roughly 7,200 revolutions per minute—almost three times faster than the average major league curveball. 

Jack Nicklaus's One Iron Miracle

It was the 17th hole at Pebble Beach in 1972. The green was surrounded by sand traps, the ocean lay ready to swallow up missed shots, and the wind blew at gale-force speeds. Jack Nicklaus's club of choice was a one iron. This is a club that defending champion Lee Trevino once noted, "Not even God can hit a one iron." A par would have been enough to keep Nicklaus in the lead, but instead, he went straight for the green, actually bouncing the ball off of the pin so it landed just inches from the hole. Pebble Beach has seen its fair share of legendary golf shots and stories, but Nicklaus's 1972 Pebble Beach win certainly tops the list.

Arnold Palmer's U.S. Open Comeback

With a famous drink named after him, it stands to reason that Arnold Palmer has a wealth of famous golf shots and stories to his name. Only one of them involves winning the U.S. Open, but it may be the most legendary victory in the tournament's notable history. Palmer opened the final round of the 1960 U.S. Open seven shots down and in 15th place. Before he teed off, Palmer told famous golf writer Bob Drum that if he could drive the green on the first hole, he could score a 280 and win the tournament. Against all the odds, that's exactly what he did. 

These anecdotes offer a reminder of the great golfers throughout history and provide inspiration for the miraculous fairway stories yet to come.
Posted by admin at Nov 15, 2016 Category: November 2016
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