Welcome to Pin High Inc.’s breakdown of the top 5 chip shots of where we delve into the heart-stopping moments that define the sport. Today, we’re revisiting the history of the PGA Tour to uncover the top five chip shots that have left an indelible mark on the game. These shots, characterized by precision, pressure, and sheer magic, epitomize what Pin High Inc. stands for – excellence and passion for golf.
Editor’s Note: Greg Norman could not catch a break!
1. Tiger Woods at the 2005 Masters (16th Hole)
Situation: The final round of the 2005 Masters saw Tiger Woods facing a daunting chip shot on the 16th hole at Augusta National. The stakes were sky-high, with the green jacket within reach.
Implications: This shot wasn’t just about the hole; it was about maintaining a lead in one of golf’s most prestigious tournaments.
Impact and Description: In a moment that seemed scripted for Hollywood, Woods executed a shot that is now part of golfing folklore. The ball took a slow, tantalizing roll towards the hole, pausing momentarily on the lip before dropping in. This chip was a defining moment in Woods’ career as a perfect blend of skill and mental toughness.
2. Larry Mize at the 1987 Masters (Playoff Hole)
Situation: The 1987 Masters had boiled down to a playoff between Larry Mize, Seve Ballesteros, and Greg Norman. Mize, the underdog, found himself in a challenging position on the 11th hole.
Implications: With Ballesteros already out, a successful chip could mean a surprising and career-defining victory for Mize.
Impact and Description: Mize, channeling the focus we at Pin High Inc. always encourage, hit a phenomenal chip shot that miraculously found its way into the hole, clinching his only major title. This shot wasn’t just a win; it was an underdog story that resonates with golf enthusiasts around the world.
3. Phil Mickelson at the 2005 PGA Championship (18th Hole)
Situation: On the final hole of the 2005 PGA Championship at Baltusrol, Phil Mickelson faced a daunting chip from the thick rough.
Implications: The shot was pivotal for Mickelson to secure his second major championship.
Impact and Description: In true ‘Lefty’ fashion, Mickelson executed a daring chip that landed just a few feet from the hole, setting up a winning putt. This shot exemplified the daring and skill that Pin High Inc. admires, proving Mickelson’s status as one of the game’s greats.
Tway at the 1986 PGA Championship (18th Hole)
In the final round of the
1986 PGA Championship, Bob Tway found himself in a greenside bunker on the
The shot had major
championship implications, with Tway needing a near-perfect execution to steal
the title from Greg Norman.
and Description: Tway’s
stunning bunker chip shot sailed high and landed softly, rolling into the cup
for a birdie. This momentous shot, often discussed in Pin High Inc. circles,
snatched victory and left an indelible mark on PGA history.
Azinger at the 1993 Memorial Tournament (Bunker Shot)
Situation: During the Memorial Tournament in 1993, Paul
Azinger faced a challenging bunker shot.
Implications: With the tournament hanging in the balance,
this shot was crucial for Azinger to demonstrate his skill under pressure.
and Description: Azinger
showcased his mastery of the short game with a remarkable bunker chip that
gracefully arced and landed, rolling smoothly into the cup. This shot, often
highlighted by us at Pin High Inc. for its precision and grace under pressure,
solidified Azinger’s reputation as a clutch performer in crucial moments.
These moments, rich in drama and skill, are what make golf such a captivating sport. At Pin High Inc., we not only provide the gear and insights to help you on your golf journey but also celebrate these incredible feats that inspire us all. Remember, the next time you’re facing a challenging chip shot, channel the spirit of these legends.
The People’s Choice:
After a lot of feedback from the crowd, and it looks like Pin High Inc. left off a fan favorite: Tom Watsons Big Chip
With the world watching, Watson displayed nerves of steel and a touch of genius. He selected a 2-iron, an unconventional choice for such a delicate chip, and executed it to perfection. The ball rolled elegantly across the green, tracking towards the hole. The moment seemed to stretch in time as it dropped into the cup for a birdie, sending shockwaves of excitement through the gallery and marking a pivotal turning point in the tournament. Watson’s chip gave him a one-shot lead over Nicklaus, ultimately securing his only U.S. Open victory in dramatic fashion.