Masters 2017: 5 best shots of the tournament so far

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With plenty of drama still left to play out on Sunday, here are the best of the best so far at the 2017 Masters.
By Matt S. Craig

Published: Sunday, April 09, 2017 | 2:03 p.m.

5. After opening 71-76 in the first two rounds, Kevin Chappell needed a spark on moving day. And he absolutely got one on the 7th hole Saturday, holing out from 131 yards for eagle, the first since 2012 to do so on the hole. Solid play the rest of the round led to a third round 70, not good enough to get into contention but certainly putting him in position for a strong finish.


4. Rory McIlroy has put himself in many scoring positions this week, with low scores appearing just out of his reach. That seemed to be the case at the par-3 sixth hole, when a near-perfect tee shot failed to cover the false front and rolled down off the front of the green. However Rory handled the 54-foot chip as well as you can, using the flagstick to stop the ball and watching it drop into the bottom of the cup for birdie. However, his round never really got going and ended in a 71, six shots behind the leaders.


3. Rickie Fowler sits just one shot behind the leaders going into Sunday's final round, in good position to potentially capture his first major championship. That's thanks in no small part to excellent shots like this one. Short sided and in the bunker at the par-5 second hole during the second round, Fowler splashed the ball out perfectly, rolling gently into the hole for eagle. Fowler gave a little wave, knowing there's a lot of work still to be done.


2. The story of Masters Saturday was definitely Jordan Spieth. During a first round charge that included a 44-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole, he faced a 288-yard approach shot two holes later at the par-5 eighth. Whether it be luck or skill, or invariably both, this 3-wood gem flew like a rocket, bounched, skipped, and rolled up to just 10 feet from the hole. Spieth would go on to shoot a blistering 68 on Saturday and now sits just two shots back heading into the final round.


1. It was inevitable that the best shot of the tournament would come at the par-5 15th hole. It has already claimed as victims Jordan Spieth, who carded a first round quadruple-boget there, as well as Fred Couples, whose third round double-bogey dampened his dreams of wearing another green jacket. But Branden Grace tamed the beast during Friday's second round, electing to lay up before spinning this wedge shot perfectly back into the hole. Bonus points for the great celebration.


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