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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.

T.C. Chen

T.C. Chen

No. 2, Oakland Hills CC (South), first round, 1985 U.S. Open
Just 20 people watched by the second green as the fifth-to-last group of the day approached. Chen had 256 yards left on the 527-yard par 5. Four bunkers and a stand of maple trees guarded the back-right pin on the two-tiered green. Chen's sizzling spoon hit on or near the front edge, then rolled in for the first double eagle in U.S. Open history.
Honorable mention: Phil Mickelson, 17th hole, Muirfield, fourth round, 2013 British Open
Stephen Szurlej
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