Tiger holes out on way to winning the Memorial tournament
In the final round of the 2012 Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance, Tiger Woods holes a 49-foot chip shot on the par-3 16th hole for a birdie.
With the 2012 PGA TOUR season now complete, the crew at PGATOUR.COM will debate some of the year’s big questions. Thursday’s question: What was your favorite moment of 2012?
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• Actually, mine was a series of moments during Bubba Watson’s New York City media tour after his Masters victory. He charmed everyone he met — from fans clamoring for his autograph to Piers Morgan and David Letterman to Carole King and John Grisham. Oh, and there was the phone call from President Barack Obama that he answered, "Hey, bud." — Helen Ross, Chief of Correspondents
• The 72nd hole of the Northern Trust Open. Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley both need birdies to force a playoff. Mickelson rolls in his 25-foot putt, looks at his friend and says, "Join me." Bradley proceeds to do just that, making his 12-footer. Both ultimately lost in the playoff to Bill Haas … who, by the way, made a 45-foot birdie putt to win. A magical hour of golf. — Mike McAllister, Managing Editor
• Year after year, the final round of the Masters fails to disappoint. No tournament was defined by a single shot as much as the Masters was when Watson hit a video game hook with a wedge from the trees on the 18th en route to beating Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff for his first career major. If not for that, the albatross Oosthuizen made earlier in the day would have been more than an afterthought. — Brian Wacker, Producer
• Bradley and Mickelson pouring 72nd hole birdie putts on top of one another to join Haas in a playoff in Los Angeles. They blew the lid off Riviera’s 18th hole natural amphitheater and brought me leaping off the couch!
– John Swantek, host, On The Tee
• Ryder Cup Sunday was the single best day of the year. I’m not referring to the European comeback but rather the sportsmanship displayed by both teams. Sergio Garcia was elated with the win but also said he felt for the Americans because he had been on the losing side of a comeback at The Country Club. Mickelson walked off the 17th green with a huge grin on his face despite losing the hole to Justin Rose. Mickelson could not help but applaud the Englishman’s long birdie putt. — Fred Albers, PGA TOUR Insider
• Tiger Woods’ chip-in on 16 at the Memorial presented by Nationwide Insurance was one of my favorite moments of the season. Cue the goosebumps and familiar drama that only Woods can draw up on Sunday when he birdied the 16th to tie Rory Sabbatini for the lead, and to help propel him to his second of three victories in 2012. Oh, and when Jack says it’s the best shot he’s ever seen? That doesn’t hurt.
– Amanda Balionis, host, PGA TOUR Today
• It wasn’t just Watson winning the Masters. It was watching him pull off one of the most amazing shots I’ve ever seen on a golf course — at Augusta National, no less. After pulling his drive in the right trees on the 10th hole in a playoff, Watson hooded a gap wedge from 155 yards, carving his golf ball left to right from the pine needles around the pine trees and onto the putting surface. The ball had so much spin on it that it kicked violently to the right upon hitting the green before settling within 10 feet. Watson made par, good enough to defeat Oosthuizen on the second playoff hole. — Bill Cooney, Producer
• Rickie Fowler finally breaking through at the Wells Fargo Championship was a great moment for golf — and all his orange-clad fans. The fact that Rory McIlroy was in the playoff makes the win even more impressive in retrospect. — John Schwarb, Producer
• Oothusizen’s albatross in the final round at Augusta National. I can still see that 4-iron shot coming off the face and thinking, "That’s a heck of a line." And sure enough, that thing tracked all the way to the green and rolled in like a putt. — Ryan Smithson, Producer
• Kyle Stanley’s victory in Phoenix. After a crushing defeat the previous week, Stanley got the sweetest of redemptions at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Stanley hit an approach from the desert on No. 17 that would have been the shot of the year if not for swings by Oosthuizen and Watson on Sunday at Augusta.
– Chris Dunham, Producer
• My favorite moment of the season started with me telling my girlfriend, "I told you Louis would win!" It ended with me saying, "Rewind it. There’s no way Bubba just hit it that close from there."
– D.J. Piehowski, Social Media Coordinator
• In the absence of Shot of the Year, and with respect to Watson’s escape in the playoff later in the day at Augusta National, Oosthuizen’s albatross at the par-5 second hole gets my vote. From the time he struck the ball to the time it fell in the cup, 21 seconds elapsed. — Rob Bolton, Fantasy Expert
COMING FRIDAY: What was the best come-from-behind victory of 2012? Join the discussion in the TOUR Report