The Open 2013:Top Ten British Open Championship Shots
10. Justin Rose Chip on the 18th
Justin Rose was a 17-year-old amateur when he played his first shot in the 1998 British Open at Royal Birkdale from the heavy rough, but a sweet connection released an even sweeter ball from the front of the green which trickled perfectly into the cup. Rose then went on to finish fourth and became a favourite of the golfing fan base.
9. Seve Becomes Youngest British Open Champion in 86 Years
A wild final round saw Seve playing many of his shots from the bushes and bluebells, but there was no sweeter smell than that of success when he made a miraculous birdie chip and 20-foot putt on the 16th. A final round of 70 gave Seve the Open title by three shots and launched him into the upper echelons of golf’s elite.
8. Gene Sarazen Bows Out With Hole In One
A golfing icon during the 1920’s and 30’s, Gene Sarazen was one of only five players to win all Majors. It was in 1973 at the ripe age of 71 that he played in his last Major even – the British Open. His amazing hole in one made headlines and he bowed out with yet another fantastic story for the ages.
7. Faldo Chips On 18
Nick Faldo couldn’t contain his exuberance when his second shot – a chip from behind the green – managed to find its way into the cup. A leap of joy followed and so did three Claret Jugs in an extensive and glittering career, despite him failing to win that particular Open event.
6. Costantina Rocca Monster Putt Forces Play-Off
The writing looked to be on the walls for Rocca when his chip flew into the Valley of Sin at St Andrews in 1995. He trailed by one shot to John Daly and needed a massive hole in one putt from the front of the green to take the match to a play-off. Against all the odds Rocca hit the ball and it dropped in the hole to the delirium of a stunned crowd.
5. Ernie Els Bunker Shot At The 2002 Open Championship
Muirfield is famous for its challenging steep ridged bunkers, and on the 13th Ernie Els’ tee shot found the greenside bunker. His position at the top had been under serious threat, but after Els dug out a shot and chipped within inches of the hole, it was all plain sailing from there on out.
4. The Versatility of Greg Norman
Greg Norman looked to have lost his par opportunity as his second shot nestled close to the wall down the right until an unorthodox chip against the wall rebounded behind Norman and onto the green. The shot deserved a par which it what he got after holding for an up and down. Quality stuff!
3. Padraig Harrington Plays Shot Of Career
Gale force winds forced difficult play for Harrington and yet he still managed to produce a shot that retained him his Open Championship. With Ian Poulter applying a little pressure in second place, the Irishman pulled out his 5-wood 272 yards out and put it to four feet.
2. Tiger In His Element
Tiger played a cautious Iron off the tee and then hit a four iron which was shown around the world. Pitching at the front of the green, the ball rolled up and into the hole. A slight blip followed in the third round before Woods held off Di Marco to win by two shots.
1. Tom Watson Battles Good Friend And Wins
The 1977 Open at Turnberry provided a spectacle with two of the world’s best. Tom Watson and Jack Nicklaus traded great shot for great shot before Watson finally availed over his long time friend with a masterful stroke on the 18th. Nicklaus knew his game was done and his modesty in defeat endeared him evermore to the golf faithful in attendance.
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