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The Masters: The tournament's most memorable moments at Augusta

By Ali Gordon

From manicured lawns to unpredictable golf, The Masters tournament is always one of the most exciting events in the sporting calendar. We've witnessed everything from a Phil Mickelson masterclass to a Rory McIlroy meltdown and no doubt this weekend will serve up even more drama.

Here we take a look at the highs and lows that have taken place at Augusta National.


2010: Phil Mickelson

After pulling his tee shot right into the trees, Mickelson had an arguably ambitious gap to thread the ball through.

Despite the pleas of his caddie Jim Mackay to lay up, Mickelson used his six iron to shoot the ball straight through the space and land it just five feet short of the pin.

Awe-dropping shots like this one were the reason that Mickelson earned his green jacket in 2010.


1935: Gene Sarazen

In the final round of the second annual Augusta National Spring Invitational, New Yorker Gene Sarazen holed a four wood at the par five after a shot that became known as the "shot heard around the world". One of the world's top players in the 1920s and 30s, Sarazen went on to win a 36-hole play-off over Craig Wood, and the tournament came to be known as The Masters.


2013: Adam Scott

A tense sudden death play-off between Adam Scott and former champion Angel Cabrera saw Scott become the first Australian winner at The Masters. The light was deteriorating quickly on the 10th green and the pair both birdied the 18th in regulation to reach nine under before Scott sealed the victory.


1987: Larry Mize

As a teenager, he worked the scoreboard on the third hole at Augusta National, dreaming of one day playing in The Masters in his hometown of Augusta. That dream became a reality in 1987 when he fought off Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman to win in front of the local crowd. His winning shot was a huge chip of around 140 feet out that he managed to sink for birdie.


2012: Bubba Watson

Having hooked his drive deep into the trees on the 10th hole, the second of his play-off with Louis Oosthuizen, you'd have been forgiven for thinking that Bubba Watson had thrown it away. But, somehow, Watson negotiated the trees to fire the ball almost 500 feet onto the putting green.


2011: Rory McIlroy

He was just 21-years-old Rory McIlroy and looked to be well on his way to his first major triumph. He had had a stunning start to the tournament, leading the field by four, but a shocker on the final day left him 10 shots behind eventual winner Charl Schwartzel. This weekend, however, the Holywood golfer will be out to claim that elusive green jacket - and let's hope he does it!


1997: Tiger Woods

Talk about a decisive win. Tiger Woods has always been known to push boundaries but in 1997 he not only won The Masters by a sensational 12 shots but he also became the first African American to ever win the tournament.


1986: Jack Nicklaus

Starting the day behind eight other players in the 1986 Masters, 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus turned back the hands of time with six birdies and an eagle on his last 10 holes to beat Greg Norman, Seve Ballesteros, Tom Kite and Tom Watson to don the green jacket in what would be his final title.


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