5 mad Masters moments
From Mickelson’s air-shot and Sergio’s meltdown to Nicklaus’ grandson hitting a hole in one, the unusual events to remember from Augusta.
The 82nd Masters saw some golf of the highest quality from the world’s best players, but that was not always the case.
Here, Press Association Sport looks at five moments of madness from the year’s first major.
Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson was faced with a difficult eagle putt to the traditional Sunday pin position on the par-five second and embarrassingly putted straight into a bunker.
After pulling his tee shot on the first hole of the third round into the trees, Mickelson caught a branch on his downswing in attempting a trademark recovery shot. That caused the left-hander to miss the ball completely and after punching his third shot on to the fairway, he compounded the error by missing the green with his approach on his way to a triple-bogey seven.
Masters 2018: Phil Mickelson | 1st Hole, Round 3 pic.twitter.com/RVYmBFFMjW— Masters Highlights (@MastersMoments) April 7, 2018
Garcia’s title defence was effectively over after he took a record 13 shots to play the par-five 15th in round one. After his second shot – with a six iron from 206 yards – found the water in front of the green, Garcia took a penalty drop and left himself around 90 yards to the green, but repeatedly hit wedge shots onto the putting surface and watched them spin back into the hazard.
Finau was running backwards in an enthusiastic celebration of a hole-in-one on the seventh hole of the par-three contest when his left ankle buckled underneath him. The 28-year-old amazingly popped the dislocated ankle back into place and even went on to card a 68 in round one.
Players in the light-hearted par-three contest often let their caddies or children hit shots, but six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus had to do better when his grandson Gary fired a hole-in-one on the ninth.
With all due respect to @themasters, allow me to put my 6 Green Jackets in the closet for a moment and say that I don’t know if I have had a more special day on a golf course. To have your grandson make his first hole-in-one on this stage.... WOW! #Family #memoryofalifetime pic.twitter.com/3TSLwlV0m9— Jack Nicklaus (@jacknicklaus) April 4, 2018