And from the history of The Masters...
It was called the “shot heard ‘round the world.” This shot wasn’t taken with a musket, but by Gene Sarazen with his 4-wood – it was called a spoon from 235 yards on the 15th hole in the fourth round of the 1935 Masters. It flew straight as any shot in Lexington and Concord and found the cup for the rarest one of all – a double eagle – a 2 on a par-5.
Gene Sarazen, paired with his pal and rival Walter Hagen, was playing an hour behind Craig Wood and was three shots down coming to the par 5, 15th hole at Augusta. Hitting a fine drive of some 265 yards to the right side of the 15th fairway, Sarazen had a full 4-wood of some 230 yards off a close, wet lie in cold, heavy air to a green fronted by water.
Bobby Jones, perhaps realizing the moment, decided to come down from the clubhouse to see if Sarazen could catch Wood, thinking he needed three birdies in the final four holes to force a playoff. He reached Sarazen and Hagen just as a young Byron Nelson, playing the adjacent 17th hole, pushed his drive near where Sarazen’s ball had come to rest.
So, all four of those golf immortals – the hallowed Jones, the flamboyant Hagen and the soon-to-be great Nelson, watched as Sarazen’s arrow-like 4-wood hit a foot before the green, then bounced once - twice - and settled to a smooth roll, while the ripple of sound from the gallery crescendoed to a thunderous roar – and in one swing Gene Sarazen made up the three stroke difference as the ball rolled gently into the cup.
Gene Sarazen parred the final three holes to tie Craig Wood at 282, six under par. In an almost anti-climatic 36-hole playoff the next day, Sarazen defeated Wood by five strokes, 144 to 149.
Grantland Rice, America’s first great sports writer and a founding member of Augusta National, called it “ … the most thrilling single golf shot ever played.”