Seven iconic golf shots that everyone wishes they could play 3 years ago

Seven iconic golf shots that everyone wishes they could play

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Your friend will soon be hitting shots like Rory McIlroy and perhaps more importantly, will stop whinging and moaning about their latest terrible round of golf!

Check out some of our most favourite iconic golf shots below and the golfer in your life will be hitting shots like these in no time.

Rory McIlroy - Fairway wood approach at the Honda Classic

During the 2014 Honda Classic, four players were in contention for the tournament, including our own Rory McIlroy. Under huge pressure to make at least a birdie or perhaps an eagle on the Par-5 18th, McIlroy decided to hit a risky fairway wood for his second shot.

With a huge amount of water and bunkers surrounding the green, this was a dangerous shot to say the least. He nailed it and put himself within an excellent chance for a birdie. Check it out below.

Tiger Woods - Chip shot at the 2005 US Masters 

Arguably one of the most famous shots in the history of golf, this just reminds us why Tiger Woods is one of the greatest players of all time.

During the final round of the US Masters at Augusta in 2005, Woods and playing partner Chris DiMarco were both tied on -15. DiMarco was set-up perfectly in the centre of the green but Woods found himself a large distance away on the green's edge.

What happened next is now the stuff of legend.

Woods chipped 20 feet to the left of the pin, only for the ball to make it's way towards the hole before dramatically dropping in.

Woods went on to beat DiMarco in a playoff to secure the green jacket.

Padraig Harrington - Tee shot at 2015 Honda Classic

At the 2015 Honda Classic in Florida, Padraig Harrington won his first PGA Tour since 2008.

He did this in the most dramatic of fashions in a playoff against then rookie, Daniel Berger.

Harrington stood on the 17th tee, knowing that just 45 minutes previously on the same hole, he had hit his tee shot into the water.

Talk about performing under pressure. This excellent tee shot left him with a two-putt to win the title.

Phil Mickelson - Pine-straw shot at the 2010 US Masters 

What is it with 'Big Phil' and the US Masters? The five time major winner seems to always bring his best at Augusta.

It takes bravery and determination to win the Green Jacket. Mickelson showed this in abundance here on the infamously unforgiving Augusta course.

Mickelson's ball lay amongst some heavy pine-straw. Not only this but there were three trees in front of him.

Most players would have chipped this out onto the fairway and taken their medicine.

But most players haven't won three US Masters titles. Check out this incredible bit of play below.

Tiger Woods - Draw shot at the 2005 US Masters 

It's hard not to have Tiger feature more than once in this list.

At the 2005 US Masters in Augusta, Woods hit a tee shot into the trees at the Par-4 9th.

He was left with no sight of the green and most players would've accepted their fate and laid themselves up on the fairway in an attempt to salvage par.

However, Woods attempted an audacious draw, one which he hit onto the green and subsequently made birdie.

Sergio Garcia - TREE shot at the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Yes, that's tree not tee.

Sergio Garcia brought a whole new meaning to the 'play the ball where it lies'.

He, hilariously, hit a shot which ended up in a tree and, rather than take a drop, the Spaniard decided to climb the tree and hit the handed and backwards.


Vijay Singh - Practice Round at 2009 US Masters

Practice rounds at majors can always offer up some excellent entertainment for fans.

At the 2009 US Masters in Augusta, Vijay Singh completed a shot we all dream of playing but would never have the courage to do.

Frankly, when we see a water hazard, we try to avoid it.

Not for Singh.

Here he excellently hit the ball across the surface of the water and onto the green - brilliant.

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