Five Greatest Masters Moments of The Past 25 Years [VIDEOS]
Jim Nantz, who’s been calling the Masters for CBS for the past 26 years, likes to refer to the tournament as a “tradition like no other.”
While this has always seemed to be a bold, hard-to-justify statement, when one looks back at the last 25 years of action at Augusta one can’t help but conclude the championship does at least have a tradition of producing some pretty memorable moments involving some of golf’s biggest names.
We’ve compiled a list of our five favorite Masters moments of the last 25 years below:
2004 Mickelson Wins his First Major
By 2004, Phil Mickelson had been the best player never to win a major for close to a decade. The fan favorite finally broke through that year in Augusta, taking the Green Jacket after edging Ernie Els by one stroke. This opened the floodgates for the then-33-year-old, who has won three more majors, including two more Masters, since then.
1987 Hometown Boy Wins On Miracle Shot
Augusta-native Larry Mize won the 1987 Masters in highly dramatic fashion when he rolled in a 120-foot chip on the second playoff hole to eliminate Greg Norman and take the Green Jacket. It turned out to be Mize’s only major victory.
1996 The Shark Tanks Again
Greg Norman’s star-crossed career is full instances in which he came up just short in major championships. The final score card at the 1996 Masters showed that Nick Faldo finished a comfortable five strokes ahead of the Great White Shark, but considering the fact that Norman had been six strokes up on Faldo heading into Sunday, Norman’s 1996 Masters collapse probably ranks as the most devastating of his eight major tournament runner-up finishes.
1986 Jack Turns Back The Clock
Jack Nicklaus won his record 18th and final major at Augusta in 1986. In doing so, the then-46-year-old became the oldest man to win the Masters, and the second oldest to win any major championship. It had been six years since The Golden Bear had last won a major, and it made for a whopping 23 years between when Jack won the first and last of his six overall Masters championships.
1997 Tiger Roars
Playing in just his second major championship as a pro, Tiger Woods justified the unprecedented hype surrounding him (and then some) by cruising to a stunning 12-stroke victory at Augusta. The then-21-year-old’s four day total of 270 broke the course record of 271 a young Jack Nicklaus had set 32 years earlier.
– Contributed by Jeremy Taylor