"The Shot Heard 'Round The World" Bubba Watson Edition
By mustang6560 on 4/18/12
In the final round of the 1935 Masters, Gene Sarazen hit "The shot heard 'round the world". The shot was an albatross two on the par-5 15th at Augusta National, which leveled him with the tournament leader. The next day, Gene won a 36-hole playoff over Craig Wood to win his first and only Masters title.
Nearly 80 years later, Louis Oosthuizen found the bottom of the cup in two on the par-5 second hole, which gave him the outright lead in the 2012 Masters. But his albatross was eclipsed by eventual winner Bubba Watson's second shot on the par-4 10th (the second playoff hole). And according to Jack Nicklaus, who may receive the Congressional Gold Medal, it may be the 21st Century equivalent of "The shot heard 'round the world".
"When you're playing a hook it usually takes off," Nicklaus said. "But that ball danced like it had a lot of backspin on it. I saw that ball hit the green and I said, 'Wow.' That was something. Not only did he play the shot, but he played the shot and ended up with control at the end of the shot - which I thought was the amazing part. That will go down as one of the great shots ever played in the game."Jack has been around the fairway a time or two, so for the 18-time major winner to say Bubba's shot was "one of the great shots ever played in the game" means a lot. The only way his shot could have been any better was if it rolled in the cup for an eagle two.
The Back9Network provided a visual of Bubba's incredible shot. If you missed the shot or you just want to see how impressive the shot really was, then click the link above to see the shot link. You won't be disappointed!
Image via Flickr, Keith Allison
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Considering the circumstances, Bubba's shot was incredible! Yes, it was a gap wedge - FROM 167!!! Off of a trampled lie, through the trees, with a 40 yard hook!!! Other than that, it was pretty simple!!!
I have issue with the line drawn on the tweeted picture. Golf balls don't travel like that. I've never seen a straight line, then a near 90 degree turn, then another straight line. They travel in curves through the air, unless there's wind. For that to happen, bubba would have to have hooked the ball sharply about 70-80 degrees, then the wind would have to blow it straight and slightly to the left, then stop blowing. No way. Regardless, it's a difficult shot. I don't doubt the shot because there's only one way to get it from A to B and he did it!!! I was on the range yesterday and thought for giggles i would try to hit it. I hit a 20-25 yard hook with my 48 (don't have a 52) and got about 15 yards more distance than i normally would. But that was max for me. I couldn't even fathom hitting a bigger hook or longer. There was no room on the clubface it was coming in closed AND from inside to out. I S-worded a lot. that was the good 1. Bubba is a magician....quote me on that. Check him for telepathic abilities.
I'd say it was probably more like this... i189.photobucket.com/albums/z312/onf22atnight/Ge but again. I can't wrap my mind around how he did it. Perfect contact, perfect face angle, perfect swing angle. I think there's one guy in the world that could ever pull off that shot, and he did it --- in a major.
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