Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
iacas

Best Bunker Shots

Note: This thread is 5246 days old. We appreciate that you found this thread instead of starting a new one, but if you plan to post here please make sure it's still relevant. If not, please start a new topic. Thank you!

14 posts / 3104 viewsLast Reply

Recommended Posts

Next Tuesday we're going to have a new weekly feature on the site, called "The Trap 5." It's like the "top 5" but with a little play on words.*

The first week will be: best bunker shots . I'm going to pull a list from this thread, so post your thoughts here. Off the top of my head, here are mine:

  1. Tiger Woods, 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine - that 3I from the sidehill lie in the fairway bunker
  2. Ernie at Muirfield
  3. Azinger at the Memorial to beat Payne
  4. Someone holed one at the Ryder Cup, right? I'm blanking. I swear it was corey pavin, but his may have just been a chip...
If you have URLs for the things you submit, that is even more helpful. We'll post the final list on the site next Tuesday.

*Yeah yeah, let's see you think of a better name !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

Register for free today and you won't see this ad spot again!

I had the best bunker shot, and it happened just today. Landed in the front greenside bunker, pin was in the back. About 30 yards. I lobbed this shot straight up in the air, it took one bounce, then dropped straight into the hole for birdie!

As far as the pros go. I don't have that god of a memory to pick 5. Hell, the one I do remember I don't even remember the guy's name, or the tournament. But, he had about a 30 yarder, like mine, and had to get up and down to win the tournament, or maybe it was to give himself to be in a playoff, and the guy got up and down. I remember it was last year, and he was not a well-known player. Under those circumstances, it was one of the best bunker shots I'd seen in a while.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well, the two that instantly come to my mind both involved Tiger Woods.

The first one was at the Canadian Open in 2000 on the 18th hole. Tiger was in a fairway bunker on the famed 18th hole at Glen Abbey I believe. He didn't hole the shot, but it was the best bunker shot I have ever witnessed. He hit it onto the green after clearing the water and then went on to birdie it. That was a great shot, and even more importantly, he won the event..

The second one was also in 2000 I believe and was at Firestone CC. It was Jim Furyk vs. Tiger in a playoff and Tiger had just put the pressure on Furyk and looked to have the win sealed up. Then Furyk holed out from the bunker and forced another hole. That was the most excited I think I've ever seen Furyk.

I will try to get some URL's for those soon, but I just wanted to put those while I was thinking of them.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

[*]Someone holed one at the Ryder Cup, right? I'm blanking. I swear it was corey pavin, but his may have just been a chip...

I think it was Azinger who holed out on the 18th a few years ago in singles matches at the Ryder Cup. At the time there was still hope of an American comeback. In the very next group, Furyk hit it in the same trap and nearly holed it. I believe that sealed it for the Europeans. #1 on my list would have to be the Azinger hole out at Muirfield.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Any others? I've got to write this article tomorrow, so it's time to get your suggestions in now!

I really can't think of any that are better than the ones already listed. I think Brian Watts (not sure on first name) almost chipped in on the 18th hole in the 1998 British Open to win it all. He ended up losing to O'Meara in a playoff. That was one I remember really well. I just can't think of any earlier than 1996 or 1997 because I didn't watch much then. But the ones listed are definitely the most popular ones. I'll keep trying to think though.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Awards, Achievements, and Accolades

There are so many you could consider categories - majors/other, greenside/fairway, holeout/other? Short of that I'll throw out follow-on votes for a couple and add a couple - as you can see from the list I'm partial to late heroics (and the bigger the tourney the better)

1) Bob Tway - holes out on the last hole of the '86 PGA at Inverness to nip Norman by 1
http://www.pga.com/pgachampionship/2...tory_1986.html

2) Sandy Lyle - wins '88 Masters with an up-and-down from the fairway trap on 18 on Sunday to nip Calc

3) David Frost - Won '90 USF&G; Classic by holing out on the last hole to defeat that guy Greg Norman (again by one shot) - and this was no ordinary greenside trap, this was 40-50 yards from a waste bunker - awesome shot (distance rates it slightly higher than Zinger's below)
http://www.pgatour.com/players/bio/132016

4) Brian Watts - just misses a hole-out on the 72nd hole at Birkdale - loses in a playoff to O'Meara (should you be on this list if you lose the playoff? )
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sport/golf/135592.stm

5) Daly at the Buick on the first playoff hole last year (and it was amazing to watch Luke Donald and Chris Riley - two excellent putters - both miss after he hit it) - nobody hits it stiff from that bunker
http://www.pgatour.com/players/bio/149697

5b) Zinger at the '93 Memorial to beat Corey by 1 and Payne by 2
http://www.pgatour.com/players/bio/131952

5c) Furyk holes out at the WGC to save par and extend the playoff (after leaving his first one in the bunker)
http://www.golfweb.com/players/bio/132018

Seems like there should be one from the US Open there somewhere that we're forgetting - anyone?

Potential topics for top 5s

1) Top 5 last-hole holeouts (playoff or 72nd hole) - some already in the list above, can be from traps or fairway (i.e. Robert Gamez' 7-iron to beat that guy Norman again at the '90 Nestle; Craig Parry's bomb at Doral last year in the playoff; Mize's chip at the '87 Masters against Norman - again!)

2) Top 5 final putts (Payne at Pinehurst; O'Meara's Masters putt; others?)

3) Top 5 last hole shots (would include bunkers or fairways - again, some above - this would extend to include Shaun Micheel at the '03 PGA)

4) Top 5 left-handed caddies?

So many lists, so little time ...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Note: This thread is 5246 days old. We appreciate that you found this thread instead of starting a new one, but if you plan to post here please make sure it's still relevant. If not, please start a new topic. Thank you!

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  



  • Want to join this community?

    We'd love to have you!

    Sign Up
  • 2019 TST Partners

    PING Golf
    FlightScope Mevo
  • Posts

    • And it is worth discussing why this is.  There really are 2 different components to the increasing strength of field. 1) the first is the increase in the sheer numbers of golfers through globalization, i.e, and expanding pool.  There is still a fair amount of room for growth here.  As widespread as the growth of golf has been there are still some pretty untapped places with large population, like China and Russia. 2) the second applies to Tiger/Jack comparisons, but will not apply to Tiger/future comparisons.  And that is the concentration of the very best global players in the 8-10 most important events (i.e., the majors, the WGCs, and the Players.  It is hard for people to grasp the fact that until the very last days of Jack's competitive career neither he nor anyone else ever played in an event where substantially all of the best players in the world played.  Whereas now and, presumably for the future, virtually every one of the big events routinely draws all of the best players other than players sidelined by injury.
    • Day 17 In process of regripping my clubs, so did some putting in my living room with my kids.
    • Day 683 continous. It's probably closer to well over 900 days of continuous practice, and/or play, but this thread only goes back to 01/01/18. I don't post here daily, as it's too repetitive for me. I only use 6-8, different practice routines. Today I hit 40 practice chips from 6' off the reen. 40, 30+/- yard pitches. All these were hit to different pins, from a few different locations. Actually holed out a few. After the green side stuff, I hit seveal full swing shots out of a bunker with my SW,  7 iron, and 7 metal wood. . Used range balls for this. I don't get many opportunities to to hit out of fair way bunkers.  After the sand stuff, i finished up with some d-range shots to to different targets as I meandered through my bag of clubs.  Every practice shot had a purpose, and a specific target was used for all of them. Some I used my preshot rountine on. Others, not so much. I spent alot of time focused on my swing tempo, timing, and speed. I wanted the balls to go consistent distances, per each club/shot I hit. I rely heavily on consistency in my game. Some days are better than others. I was out early, and probably spent 2+ hours practicing. The weather is great, course conditions are great, and I feel great, so the extended practice time was more of a fun adventure than anything else. I didn't rush things.  Later on today I will hit some practice putts. Would've done the putting thing this morning, but those greens were being mowed, and pins rearranged. Not a big deal, since my chipping, and putting strokes are identical. I practice one, I am practicing the other. 
    • I appreciate this perspective.  I do not debate any of the empiricism that underpins these dictates, and to be sure I spend most of my practice time working out my full swings. I just do not see why one can't do both.  It's not like I can be swinging a club while on this forum.
    • Me too. Imposter syndrome.  It's not a nice feeling.  The fact that you are most definitely being watched makes it even more ominous. A bucket is what, $10.00?  The downside just seems to outweigh the up. I may be out on a limb here.  But I think there is something untoward about an adult who does not get such a feeling at times like that. 
  • TST Blog Entries

  • Blog Entries

  • Today's Birthdays

    1. Mike Longacre
      Mike Longacre
      (74 years old)
    2. Nila Sodano
      Nila Sodano
      (67 years old)
    3. rfeight
      rfeight
      (46 years old)
    4. Robert Sanders
      Robert Sanders
      (73 years old)

×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

Welcome to TST! Signing up is free, and you'll see fewer ads and can talk with fellow golf enthusiasts! By using TST, you agree to our Terms of Use, our Privacy Policy, and our Guidelines.

The popup will be closed in 10 seconds...