Impact: He wore plus fours, but he'll be remembered for his 2
__By Alex Holmes
Countdown to Augusta - Each Friday from now through the Masters we take a look back at impactful images from the tournament's storied history.
"The more I practice, the luckier I get." -- Gene Sarazen
It's April 1935, and Gene Sarazen is playing in a nascent invitational tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. He stands in the middle of the fairway on the par-5 15th hole in the final round. Craig Wood had just tapped in for birdie on 18, and Sarazen is now three strokes back. Stuck between clubs, he pulls his turf rider 4-wood, makes a pure pass and watches as the ball carries the pond guarding the green and into the hole for a double-eagle 2. He follows the miraculous shot with three solid pars, then bests Wood in a 36-hole playoff the following day.
Sarazen's swing on the 15th became known as the "shot heard 'round the world" and helped provide the moment to turn the Augusta National Invitation Tournament into the Masters.
Photo: Getty Images (1936)