Masters Nostaglia

For every sport, there are several “Where were you?” moments. Buckner’s botched grounder in baseball. Jordan’s 17-foot dagger in basketball. Flutie’s haily mary in football. The list goes on. What’s the greatest “Where were you?” moment in golf?

Easy. Tiger Woods on the 16th hole in the final round of the 2005 Masters.

You can watch it now, four years later, and have no absolutely no clue how to play the game and still get goosebumps. What made the shot even more incredible was the context. After shooting two-over (74) on his opening round, Woods bounced back with a 66 on Friday. Was nine-under for the tournament through nine holes on his third round when play was suspended, trailing leader Chris DiMarco by four shots. Needing to play at least 27 holes on Sunday, Woods made four birdies on his first four holes on his way to a third-round 65 while DiMarco limped into the clubhouse with a 74. In one round, Woods gained seven strokes on DiMarco.

Why was “The Shot” so epic? Woods had a one-stroke lead, but it was a disastrous lie with par/bogey potential. DiMarco has stuck his tee shot and was putting birdie. It looked like DiMarco would at least walk away with a piece of the lead and two holes to go. Instead, Tiger makes birdie and DiMarco bogeys, clearing a two stroke lead for Tiger.

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