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Tiger Woods tied Jack Nicklaus in all-time PGA Tour wins in spectacular fashion yesterday — sinking a near-impossible flop shot to seize the lead with just two holes to play.Nicklaus — who hosts the tournament — was astonished by the shot, calling one of the best he’s ever seen in the game of golf.
“That was one of the most incredible golf shots I think you’ll ever see played,” Nicklaus said during the CBS broadcast. “It wasn’t just the pitch shot — it was where he had to land it, what he had to do, and what the penalties were if he didn’t make it…. I don’t think under the circumstances I’ve ever seen a better shot.“
Wow, high praise.
At first glance, it looks like a relatively straight-forward chip, but the degree of difficultly was incredibly high.
Tiger blew his approach shot over the back of the green and his ball buried into ankle-high rough. He had to delicately lob the ball onto the fringe, as the green sloped downhill all the way to a pond on the other side of the green.
“If I hit it short, it’s going to roll down to the left. If I hit it long, it’s going to be in the water….. If I had a good lie, it wouldn’t have been so bad,” Woods said to Peter Kostis after his round.
The surprise birdie on No. 16 was one of Woods’ three birdies over the last four holes on the course. He punctuated the round with a cool putt on No. 18 to stretch his lead to two shots.
Here’s the video of one of the best shots ever, according to one of the best players ever:
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