Everybody is saying Oostie's shot was lucky, but that's kind of the point. It had to be perfectly struck, plus it had to be magical after it landed, all after a perfect drive. Bubba was almost as lucky, but he got his luck before he hit the shot, in having a good lie, no trees or branches or roots hindering his swing, and a nice wide corridor to hit the shot, all after a horrendous drive. Of course it took a lot of skill to bend it the way he did, but it didn't have to be perfectly struck; it just had to be good enough. All he needed was to be able to get up and down from where it landed.
It seems simple to me. Could I make the shot Bubba made? Yes. It was a 150-yard snap hook. I do that all the time;, without even trying
. I realize there's no comparison to doing it at will with the Masters on the line, but I find it very difficult to believe that there weren't 50 players in the field who could get down in three from where Bubba was. Not every time, of course, but maybe 50-50, and surely one time in three or four.
The fact that it helped him win the Masters makes it maybe the most *important* shot of the tournament, but IMO any of several monster drives he hit were more impressive.
Could I make the shot Oostie made? Not a chance in hell. It was a 260-yard four iron that was perfectly struck. If I stood there hitting balls for the rest of my life, I could never hole out from there --- not even if I teed it up and hit driver, and certainly not with a four-iron. A pro could, but it would be like one time in a few hundred, not one time in three or four.
It was by far the best shot of Oostie's life. He has never hit a better shot, and he never will.
Bubba's shot wasn't even the best has hit in the last month. He hit the same type of shot at Doral, but it was much longer, had a much narrower corridor, had to go over water, and stopped closer to the hole. And he made the putt.
Oostie's shot was perfect, and only the best players in the world could have come close to what he did. Bubba's shot was good enough, and millions of golfers could have come close to what he did.
There were probably a dozen shots similar to Bubba's hit on 18 this week. Nobody else in the history of the Masters has ever made a double eagle on two.