The 5 Most Impressive Golf Shots of 2016
Golf is one of those sports that you can never quite perfect. The way it challenges players day in and day out is what keeps people coming back. Even the best players in the world have bad days, but they are usually few and far between. The following list is my take on the best 5 golf shots of 2016.
5. Jimmy Walker Holes Out in the Final Round of the PGA Championship
Jimmy Walker entered the final round at 11 under with both Jason Day and and Henrik Stenson trailing by one stroke. With nine straight pars, Walker couldn’t seem to pull ahead, and he found himself in a bunker needing to get up and down for par. Instead of playing it safe, he went right at the pin and holed out with his first birdie of the round. Day would also birdie the hole, but that’s as close as he would get to Walker who claimed the first major championship of his career.
4. Jordan Spieth’s chip in for birdie on the 71st hole of the Dean & DeLuca Invitational at Colonial
Jordan Spieth secured his first tournament victory in his home state of Texas after an impressive final round where he drained three straight birdies to seal the win. On the 17th hole it looked like Spieth was in some trouble after his second should keramed off of a marshal and went behind the green. Spieth ran his chip up onto the green and dropped it into the cup to all but seal the deal on the tournament. His 34-foot birdie putt on 18 was icing on the cake.
3. Dustin Johnson’s approach shot on the final hole at Oakmont on his way to winning the U.S. Open
Dustin Johnson all but handed Jordan Spieth the U.S. Open Championship in 2015 by falling apart and three-putting on the 18th hole. He knew that 2016 would be different if he could put himself in position to win. Johnson held a controversial lead going into 18, and he knew he needed a birdie to win the major. He put his second shot within four feet of the hole and sank the birdie putt to put Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy away.
2. Rickie Fowler holes out from the bunker in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship
Rickie Fowler claimed his second European Tour title by holding off Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson who surged late. After a double bogey on seven, Fowler was only one shot ahead of McIlroy and Stenson when he shanked a shot into the bunker to the right of the green. Fowler opened his club face completely and went right at the hole. He sank the chip for an eagle and used the momentum from that shot to hold off the rest of the field.
1.Rory McIlroy’s eagle on №16 at East Lake in the Tour Championship
Rory McIlroy teed off on the 16th at East Lake trailing leader Kevin Chappel by three strokes. With $10 million on the line, he needed to make something happen to close the distance, and he did just that with his second shot. McIlroy holed out from 137 yards for an eagle and to pull within one of the lead. He would go on to win the tournament and the $10 million prize.
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