The Greatest Putts (And Chips) In Golf’s History

The putt is the last stroke to finish a hole and to determine the score. Naturally, over the years, they were responsible for game-winning and simply awe-striking moments. Here are some of the greatest putts of all time (though they weren’t all done with a putter;):

Tiger Woods, 2005 Masters: Let’s start with an unconventional putter (a wedge) and what might be one of the most famous golf-shot in history. Woods’ chip-in birdie on the 16th hole of Augusta National during the final round was nothing short of miraculous, featuring a dramatic pause at the lip of the cup before it fell in that later was turned into a commercial by Nike.

Larry Mize, 1987 Masters: On the second playoff hole against Greg Norman, Mize chipped in from 140 feet on the 11th hole for birdie to win the Green Jacket.

Bob Tway, 1986 PGA Championship: On the final hole of the tournament, Tway holed a bunker shot to beat Greg Norman and claim his only major title.

Jack Nicklaus, 1970 Open Championship: Nicklaus sank a birdie putt on the final hole of regulation to tie Doug Sanders, then won the subsequent playoff, proving why he’s regarded as one of the best putters in history.

Payne Stewart, 1999 U.S. Open: Stewart sank a 15-foot par putt on the final hole to win the championship. His reaction is one of the most memorable in golf.

Tom Watson, 1982 U.S. Open: Watson’s chip-in on the 17th at Pebble Beach to beat Nicklaus is one of the most famous shots in golf history.

Ben Crenshaw, 1984 Masters: His 60-foot birdie putt on Augusta’s 10th hole is still remembered as a defining moment in his career and a staple of Masters’ highlights.

Justin Leonard, 1999 Ryder Cup: His 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole in the final day’s singles matches helped the U.S. team complete one of the most significant comebacks in Ryder Cup history.

Tiger Woods, 2008 U.S. Open: You have seen this celebration! Tiger’s 12-foot birdie putt on the 72nd hole forced a playoff with Rocco Mediate, which Woods won for his 14th major.

Phil Mickelson, 2004 Masters: His 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole gave him his first major championship victory, ending years of near-misses.

Each of these moments not only showcases incredible skill and precision but also demonstrates the intense pressure these golfers faced and the calm determination they needed to sink those unforgettable putts.