Woods' Cadillac Win Proves He's Still the Cadillac of Golfers
We all know about Tiger Woods' record in golf's major championships. For years now, we've been pounded over the head with Woods' pursuit of Jack Nicklaus' record major championship haul. But Tiger has a record of his own that even the Golden Bear would envy.
On Thursday at the Honda Classic, Tiger Woods had to disrobe from the shins down, wade into ankle-deep water and execute a shot that very few would likely attempt. It resulted in a par, and it also prompted us to think about some of the other great escapes throughout Tiger's unparalleled career. Here is a small sample of some of the best.
Woods knows every nook and cranny of Augusta National, so he knows better than to be in this position on No. 15. No problem, though — he just pulls off the best hook shot this side of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Ugly but Effective
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Tiger's follow-through contortions on this amazing recovery from the trees would pull every ribcage muscle belonging to a normal human. Just a day at the office for El Tigre.
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Tiger can make like Mickelson if he needs to. Here, he plays left-handed from the trees, turning trouble into a routine recovery.
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This is just sick. Anyone else would be scrambling to save par; for Tiger, it's a routine birdie.
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Here, Tiger risks life and limb, sacrificing his club to get the ball back out in the fairway.
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Seemingly dead in the woods, Tiger simply goes under some limbs, over some others and into birdie range on this epic iron shot.
The Great Escape
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This is beyond ridiculous. From an impossible spot behind a tree, Tiger generates enough power on a half swing to propel the ball onto the green. He even saves the club.
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On Thursday at the 2013 Honda Classic, Tiger did his best Jean Van de Velde imitation, except he made a par instead of a triple bogey.
Golf trick shots are a uniquely awe-inspiring category. The game is hard enough played the normal way. But when we see someone do the seemingly impossible, it's truly like a magic trick, with a club and ball instead of a rabbit and a hat. We start with an impressive show-off shot from Phil Mickelson.
Lefty is probably the game's greatest short game practitioner, but this is ridiculous. Mickelson's backward pitch shot has to be seen to be believed.
9 Balls, 1 Cup
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Not sure what the big deal is — I've 9-putted a green before.
Tiger's Magic Clubface
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We know Tiger Woods has always been an artist with a club in his hands; here he proves it. Tiger was fooling around in between shots for a Nike commercial, when the commercial's directors realized that what he was doing was far better than whatever they had planned. See if you don't agree.
John Daly & The Clown's Mouth
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This one's not so much a trick shot by Long John as an amazing display of trust from David Feherty. Feherty's either very brave, or very stupid.
Ben Witter Puts on a Show
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Ben Witter should be famous. He's turned trick shots into an art form, and the practice tee is his canvas.
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Tiger can't walk on water, but he can make his golf ball do it.
Vijay's Water Hole-in-One
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Vijay does Tiger one better and skips his ball across the pond and into the hole at No. 16 during a practice round at The Masters.
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A video rundown of some of Mickelson's most amazing golf shots
Phil Mickelson added to his legacy with his 41st career PGA Tour win this weekend at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. But he also added to his career-long litany of miraculous shots with his unlikely bomb through the fringe on No. 7 in the final round that all but clinched his sixth win in the Valley of the Sun.
Sure, he's lost his share of tournaments, many of them in heartbreaking fashion. But he's also escaped from disaster countless times with creative flops, clutch putts and a nearly unmatched flair for the dramatic.