The Masters

The Shots That Defined the Masters

The Masters doesn't begin until...ah, you know how it goes. But really, a golf tournament has pivotal moments that extend as far back as Thursday morning. Here are our picks for the Masters' most important shots.

April 8, 2012
Phil Mickelson

Mickelson's birdie putt, 18th hole, Thursday

For all of his early-season momentum and positive vibes at Augusta National, Mickelson began this Masters with a thud, playing his first 10 holes in 4-over par. But he inched his way back over the back nine, and when he rolled in his birdie putt on 18 to close out a 74, the day felt like a victory.
Tim Dominick/The State/MCT
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