As we close the week we’re determined to make sure everyone has seen Jason Day’s incredible 2-iron to the final green at Baltusrol.
There are often defining moments in professional golf; particular shots that are singled-out as the moment everything changed. Most often they’re miraculous shots played in the final nine holes of a major golf tournament.
Ben Hogan’s 1-iron to the 18th green at Merion at 1950 US Open has a commemorative plaque in the fairway, Tiger Woods’ chip shot at the 16th on his way to victory at the 2005 Masters will live long in the memories of golf fans and Bob Tway’s bunker shot to win the US PGA championship in 1986 is unfortunately, hard to forget.
Visiting Augusta National earlier this year, I made sure to find the spot on the 10th hole where Bubba Watson played that incredible wedge shot to win the 2012 Masters Tournament.
Soon after we made sure to get a good look the defining shot from the 2010 Masters – Phil Mickelson’s amazing 6-iron from pine straw on the par-5 13th hole, then reluctantly we got a look at the spot where Larry Mize made that crazy ship-in to defeat Greg Norman in a playoff at the 1987 Masters.
Jason Day’s 2-iron to the green at the final hole of the 2016 US PGA Championship was incredible.
No one really uses 2-iron’s anymore, let along hit one this sweetly, under this pressure in the dying stages of a major golf tournament. The resulting eagle forced Jimmy Walker to work hard for the US PGA Championship trophy and make a tense finish.
There is no doubt Day’s shot will be talked about for a long time. But had he won, it would’ve gone down as a major golf tournament defining moment. Perhaps even deserving of a commemorative plaque in the 18th fairway at Baltusrol.