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Top Masters Shots 6-10

No. 6 1968
Bob Goalby and Argentinean Roberto DeVicenzo appeared headed for a playoff before a check of scorecards revealed that DeVicenzo’s playing partner, Tommy Aaron, had incorrectly marked a 4 for DeVicenzo on the par-4 17th instead of the 3 he had made. The result was that DeVicenzo had to accept the higher score, which dropped him one shot behind Goalby, who had made a late charge on the back nine with birdies on the 13th and 14th and an eagle on the 15th to shoot 66. “What a stupid I am,” was all DeVicenzo, who celebrated his 45th birthday that day, could say.

No. 7 1975
Tom Weiskopf, already a three-time runner-up at Augusta National, found himself locked in an epic Sunday duel with fellow Ohioan Jack Nicklaus and Johnny Miller. After birdies on the 14th and 15th, Weiskopf held a one-shot lead over Nicklaus. Standing on the 16th tee box, he and Miller watched as Nicklaus lined up a twisitng, 38-foot birdie putt. Miller said later: “If you putted it 100 times, you would probably make it once or twice, and you would three-putt 20 times.” After Nicklaus holed the putt, a shaken Weiskopf three-putted the green from 80 feet to surrender a lead he would never make up.

No. 8 1995
Ben Crenshaw’s second Masters’ victory was an emotional one, coming days after the death of Harvey Penick, his mentor. Crenshaw was a pallbearer at Penick’s funeral on the Wednesday before the start of the tournament and he teed off the next day. Taking advantage of what he called “Harvey bounces,” Gentle Ben shot 14-under 274 to edge Davis Love III by a stroke. After his final putt, he collapsed in tears into his caddie’s arms.

No. 9 2001
Tiger Woods victory in the 2001 Masters completed what is now known as the “Tiger Slam.” Woods had won the last three major championships of the 2000 season – he finished fifth in The Masters that season – and with his two-shot win over David Duval at Augusta the following spring, he had won four consecutive majors, just not in the same calendar year. While the Tiger Slam didn’t gain much traction among historians, it remains an impressive feat nonetheless.

No. 10 2004
At age 33, Phil Mickelson had been tagged for several years as the best player never to have won a major. Those echoes were finally silenced at the 2004 Masters, where Lefty outdueled Ernie Els, making birdies on holes 13, 14 and 16 to catch the South African, and then delivered a knockout punch by sinking an 18-foot birdie at the 18th. He would go on to win the PGA Championship the following season and two more Masters, in 2006 and 2010.


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