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Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia climbed a tree to play a shot during the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Even for the best golfers in the world, errant shots can and do happen relatively frequently. It's the ability to become escape artists and recover from those shots that gives the professional golfer a big advantage over us weekend warriors.

Over the years, the pros have found themselves in precarious situations that required them to hit seemingly impossible recovery shots to salvage a decent score. Here are nine of our favorites:

The "chip" from Tiger Woods in the 2005 Masters. Given the circumstances, this is arguably the greatest shot in the game's history. As Woods was staring at what would have been an amazing par, he instead went ahead and made the most unlikely of birdies on the par-3 16th hole at Augusta National on his way to winning the Masters.


Miguel Angel Jimenez on the Road Hole. One of the most daunting holes in all of golf -- the 17th at St. Andrews, the Road Hole -- has had an endless list of victims through the years.

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In the 2010 Open Championship, Jimenez found himself over the green in three shots and up against the wall along the road. No problem:


Bill Haas from the water in the 2011 Tour Championship. Remember this? There was only $10 million hanging in the balance -- the bonus given to the winner of the PGA Tour FedExCup playoffs.

Haas calmly entered the water to the left side of the 17th green at East Lake Golf Club and delivered this remarkable shot to set up a short par. He would go on to defeat Hunter Mahan to win the tournament and the $10 million bonus:



Victor Dubuisson makes two incredible par saves from the desert at the 2014 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. This little-known Frenchman -- who would go on to be a force for Europe in that year's Ryder Cup -- channeled his inner Seve Ballesteros in the Match Play Championship to pull off two of the most impressive up and downs you'll ever see.


Vijay Singh on the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the final round of the 2001 Players Championship. Check out how creative Singh got with his putter for this spectacular hole-out from just off the green:


Phil Mickelson on No. 18 in the 2008 Colonial. OK. It's said that trees are 90 percent air, but you're just not supposed to be able to do what Mickelson did here on his way to winning the tournament -- on the final hole no less:


Phil Mickelson from a cart path at Doral in 2013. When it comes to Lefty, we always expect the unexpected. But, to nail this up-and-down from a cart path for birdie was something special... even for him:


Rory McIlroy goes lefty at the 2014 PGA Grand Slam of Golf. After getting a little unlucky with his tee shot, McIlroy had to play his second shot on the par-5 17th at Port Royal left handed so not to stand in the water. He had a remarkable recovery on his way to a par:


Sergio Garcia from a tree at Bay Hill. If there's anything you should have learned in this piece, it's that players loathe having to give away shots. There's arguably no shot that highlights that thinking more so than this one from Sergio Garcia -- in a tree -- during the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, going one-handed and backwards:



9 incredible golf recovery shots