Thirty years later, it’s still one of the most memorable shots in Masters history.
Larry Mize, a local boy who grew up in Augusta, made birdie on the 72nd hole of the 1987 Masters to advance into a playoff with stars Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman. Norman had narrowly missed a 20-foot birdie try on the last to win the green jacket.
Starting on the 10th, Mize missed a great chance to win the tournament with a birdie while Ballesteros missed his par putt and was eliminated.
It came down to Norman and Mize. After each hit the fairway on the par-4 11th, Mize pushed his approach well to the right while Norman smartly played to the right side of the green.
Mize was left with a 140-foot chip shot that needed to get through the fairway grass without too much speed given the downhill slope toward the hole. The ball took a couple of bounces through the apron and started to track right on line. And then this happened:
Elation for the hometown hero. Utter heartbreak for Norman. It wouldn’t be the last time the Shark left Augusta National with a scar.
Here is Larry Mize today talking about the shot that has given him his claim to fame:
Mize, 58, still knows a thing or two about playing Augusta National. He has made the 36-hole cut at The Masters three of the last four years, including last week.