Top 10 Moments at the Masters Golf Tournament

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1 Jack Nicklaus Wins Masters at Age 46 (1986)

"Maybe, yes sir!" Those three words best described not just his birdie at the 17th hole, but the entire tournament. You see, 1985 was again a winless season for Jack, just like 1979, and golf critics said Jack had no chance to win another golf tournament, let alone a Major. They didn't know Jack then (1980 U.S. Open), and they didn't know him again. In that epic tournament, he turned back the clock one more time as he carded a final round 65, including a 30 on the back nine that included four birdies and an eagle on the famed 15th hole. When it was all said and done, Nicklaus captured his 6th green jacket.
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2 Tiger Woods Wins 5th Green Jacket After 14-Year Absence (2019)
3 Phil Mickelson Wins 3rd Title Amidst Wife's Breast Cancer Fight (2010)
4 Ben Crenshaw Wins Masters Following Former Coach's Passing (1995)

Harvey Penick, a mentor who made Ben Crenshaw a major golfer, died before this Masters Tournament. With emotions riding on every stroke, Crenshaw first shot a 70 in Round 1, a round that also saw Jack Nicklaus shoot a 67. Crenshaw showed the gallery he was going to wear that green jacket by firing a 67 in Round 2, then a 69 on Saturday. With a lead down by 2 strokes and needing to make a bogey on the last hole to win, he made it and then broke down in tears in one of golf's most emotional television moments of the 1990s.
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5 Tiger Woods Wins 1997 Masters, Becoming First African-American Champion (1997)
6 Tiger Woods' Incredible Chip at Hole 16 Leads to Epic Playoff Win (2005)

The 2005 Masters began with the final appearances of three legends: Tommy Aaron, Billy Casper, and Jack Nicklaus, the only six-time champion. Rain played a part in these Masters, but when Sunday came around, it became a two-man duel between Chris DiMarco and Tiger Woods. These two put on a great show as DiMarco's birdies on the 14th and 15th set up the 16th, where Tiger's first shot was just off the green. Then came that incredible chip to make birdie and change the course of the tournament.
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7 Larry Mize Chips In to Defeat Greg Norman in Playoff (1987)
8 Nick Faldo Wins Masters as Greg Norman Collapses (1996)

You had to feel bad for Norman. Here was a man who brought joy at Augusta, starting the tournament with a 63 and beginning Sunday with a six-shot lead over Nick Faldo. I thought it was a foregone conclusion. I remember watching other sports, especially the National Hockey League, and I had a VHS recorder, so I taped it to view later. What I saw left me asking, How did it happen? Norman's 78 and loss at the Masters is very tough to break down, but it was the big event in April 1996.
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9 Sergio Garcia Wins First Major at the Masters (2017)
10 Arnold Palmer Wins Final Masters (1964)

Augusta, Georgia, was the site for Pro Golf's premier tournament, The Masters. This was the year Craig Wood, the 1941 Champion, played his final Masters. The final round saw some action as defending champion Jack Nicklaus tried to make it a contest after he eagled the 13th hole. However, a bogey at 15 ended his chances to win, and he settled for a tie for 2nd. The tournament belonged to Palmer as he blazed his way to glory with a 70 that included a birdie on the final hole. With that, Palmer became the first golfer to win four Masters tournaments.
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11 Jack Nicklaus' Last Great Final Round (1998)

Mark O'Meara finally won his first major there, but the real story comes from the only 6-time champion, Jack Nicklaus. The 58-year-old Hall of Fame legend began the final round with two birdies in the first three holes. Nothing much, but then after bogeying the 4th, he came back with back-to-back birdies on holes 6 and 7. After 13 holes, he was only 4 strokes back of the leader, David Duval. But after that, it all stalled there, and he still finished tied for 6th. Jack would keep playing at the Masters until 2005, his final competitive Masters.
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12 Gene Sarazen Hits Double Eagle, Then Wins Masters (1935)

There was a time when the Masters was not even considered a major golf championship. The U.S. Open, the U.S. Amateur, the Open Championship, and the British Amateur were at the time called the Grand Slam. Then, on the final day, the tournament changed with one big shot. On the 15th hole, known as Firethorn, Gene Sarazen pulled out his 4-wood on his second shot 235 yards away and made a double eagle, tying Craig Wood in the process. Sarazen would go on to win the tournament and changed the course of Grand Slam golf forever.
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13 Arnold Palmer's Final Run (1983)

This 1983 Masters appearance was also the last time that Arnold made the cut. On opening day Thursday, of course, he shot a 4 under par (68 for the day). It was like going back in time to the 1960s when he was the king of golf. Nobody will ever forget his last great round at an event where he won four times. Palmer himself is a World Golf Hall of Famer.
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14 Jack Nicklaus vs. Tom Weiskopf (1975)
15 Fred Couples' Great Escape (1992)
16 Bernhard Langer Wins First Masters as Curtis Strange Collapses (1985)
17 Arnold Palmer Wins Masters (1960)
18 Sandy Lyle Goes from Sand to Birdie to Championship (1988)
19 Gary Player's Breakthrough Masters Win (1961)
20 Nicklaus vs. Watson (1977)
21 Roberto De Vicenzo's Major Mistake (1968)
22 Phil Mickelson's Magical Sunday (2004)
23 Danny Willett Wins Masters as Jordan Spieth Collapses (2016)
24 Nicklaus vs. Watson II (1981)
25 Gary Player Wins Masters, Then It Rains (1974)
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