Reader Poll: Best Pro Golf Shot Ever
29 Sep 2011
by Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

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After letting out a huge "yelp" at the preposterous (and I mean that in a good way) water hazard shot Bill Haas hit in the Tour Championship playoff, I wondered where it ranks on the list of the all-time greats. Johnny Miller called it, but I certainly didn't think that Haas had better than a 1-in-10 chance of getting the ball close. Yet he pulled it off, had the composure to close the deal with a classy two-putt on 18, and entered the history books as the winner of the most lucrative playoff in history.

If you haven't seen it, you can search "Bill Haas water shot" on youtube and be presented with videos from every angle.

Where do you think this shot ranks with the greatest tournament shots of all time?

Before you vote, please take a look at the list of 16 contenders, in chronological order. With apologies to female golfers everywhere, my knowledge of LPGA and Women's USGA history is embarrassing -- I'm open to suggestions at amateurgolf1 (at sign) yahoo.com.

Best Tournament Golf Shot of All Time

What is the best tournament golf shot ever?

Gene Sarazen's double eagle, 1935 Masters
Ben Hogan's 1 iron to 40 feet, No. 18 at Merion, 1950 US Open
Arnold Palmer drives No. 1 at Cherry Hills, 1960 U.S. Open
Jack Nicklaus hits flagstick on No. 17 at Pebble Beach, 1972 US Open
Tom Watson chips in on No. 17 at Pebble Beach, 1982 US Open
Bob Tway holes bunker shot on No 18 against Greg Norman, 1986 PGA
Larry Mize's playoff chip to defeat G. Norman, 1987 Masters
Corey Pavin's 4- wood and run up hill, 1995 US Open at Shinnecock
Justin Leonard's huge cup-clinching putt, 1999 Ryder Cup at Brookline
Payne Stewart's putt on No. 18 at Pinehurst, 1999 US Open
Shaun Micheel's 2nd shot to tap-in, 2003 PGA
Birdie Kim's holed bunker shot, 2005 US Women's Open
Tiger Woods' chip-in on No. 16, 2005 Masters
Tiger's putt on No. 18 at Torrey to force playoff with Rocco, 2008 US Open
Y.E. Yang's hybrid over tree on 18 at Hazeltine, 2009 PGA
Phil Mickelson's gutsy 2nd shot from behind tree on No. 13, 2010 Masters
Bill Haas hits shot from water hazard to 2-feet in playoff, 2011 Tour Championship
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