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Super Shots

Our ranking of the best PGA Tour players since 1980 inspired a second list: Who hit the best shots in the same period. Here, club by club, are the best of the best

February 2014

What are the best shots ever hit with each club? The question coalesced while following Shaun Micheel during Q school a year ago. As you'll see, we think Micheel owns the 7-iron.

But who hit the most wonderful one, the most thrilling three, the most fantastic four, and so on? To complement Brett Avery's analysis of the best players on the PGA Tour since 1980, we considered the 45 million or so shots struck by the roughly 5,500 men (and three women) in the world's best golf league during the same period.

Context counts. Micheel, for instance, holed a 3-iron for double eagle on the sixth at Pebble Beach in the fourth round of the 2010 U.S. Open. But his stroke of genius earned him only a T-22. The albatross lacked the backstory to make our list of the best of the best.

Angel Cabrera

Angel Cabrera

No. 18, Oakmont CC, fourth round, 2007 U.S. Open
Oakmont's 484-yard closer has a testing tee shot: narrow fairway, chip-out bunkers, high rough on both sides. Cabrera was leaking oil, having bogeyed the previous two holes to fall into a tie with Jim Furyk. But the barrel-chested Argentinian took a mighty rip and hit a massive home run to deep center. His 346-yard gem led to a par and the trophy.
Honorable mention: Andrew Magee, No. 17, TPC Scottsdale, first round, 2001 Phoenix Open
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