Greatest shot in Masters history? Revisit Sarazen's 'shot heard round the world'

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Gene Sarazen's albatross on the 15th hole of the final round of the 1935 Masters erased a three-shot deficit and goes down as one of the greatest shots in the history of the tournament.
By Matt S. Craig

Published: Friday, April 07, 2017 | 4:02 p.m.

In 1935 the Masters was not yet "THE MASTERS." Each hole was not yet memorized and scrutinized and adored. All of the legends and moments had not yet been made at Augusta National.

But in its second year, on this date 82 years ago, the tournament got exactly that.

During the final round, Gene Sarazen walked up to his second shot on the now-famous par-5, 15th hole trailing by three shots. With 235 yards to go over the body of water that we now know has drowned so many Masters' dreams, Sarazen faced a daunting decision.

He decided to go for it. Weilding a four-wood that Sarazen would've then called a "spoon," the shot cleared the water, took two hops and rolled up the green and into the hole for an albatross.

With a swing of the club, the the three-shot deficit had been erased and Sarazen now stood tied for the lead. After finishing even par after the 72 holes, Sarazen and Craig Wood played a 36-hole playoff the next day.

Sarazen would go on to win 144 to 149, and the Masters had both its first legend and its first unforgettable moment.

Legendary sportswriter Grantland Rice was the one to dub it the "Shot Heard 'Round the World," and would later call it "… the most thrilling single golf shot ever played.”

In the 82 years since there have only been three other albatrosses in Masters history, and none have come on the fateful 15th.

Has there ever been a better shot at Augusta?

Matt S. Craig is a intern and a Digital Sports Production student at Ball State University.