5 best golf tournaments ever
When it comes to picking out the best tournaments ever played, it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to a handful. But we’ve done our best. Here’s our top five picks...
|3. The 1969 Ryder Cup
Not without its drama and controversies, the stormy 18th Ryder Cup ended with a draw at 16 points each between Jack Nicklaus and Tony Jacklin at the 18th hole.
There was nail-biting tension as the game came down to the last hole of the last match.
Nicklaus played the better hole and sank a four-foot putt, leaving Jacklin a three-footer to force the first ever tie in the 42 years of Ryder Cup history.
He then made one of the great sporting gestures, picking up his opponent's ball marker rather than forcing Jacklin to putt out.
Nicklaus said: "I don't think you would have missed that Tony, but I didn't want to give you the chance."
4. 1935 Masters
A classic. In regulation, Gene Sarazen straggled behind Craig Wood by three strokes with four holes to play. But spectacularly Sarazen managed to make up the entire deficit on the par-5 15th hole by holing his second shot with a 4-wood. Going on to defeat Wood and win the game.
This double eagle became known as ‘The Shot Heard Round the World’. This was only the second Masters in history and Sarazen’s incredible shot helped establish this tournament within the sport.
5. 2008 U.S. Open
One of Tiger Woods’ finest majors. Suffering from chronic pain due to a knee injury, Woods still fought to the bitter end to secure his last trophy to date.
The match at Torrey Pines culminated in a nail-biting sudden-death situation, which eventually saw Woods take the round and walk away victorious.