9 Greatest Recovery Shots In Golf History

By Cameron DaSilva 04/21/2014

  • Matt Kuchar finished in the top-five in his previous three starts before claiming that elusive victory at the RBC Heritage on Sunday, but it didn't come easy. He's tripped himself up several times, even holding a share of the lead in the final round of the Masters, but finished tied for fifth. It was almost déjà vu all over again at the RBC Heritage, but Kuchar hit an amazing recovery shot on the 18th hole to seal the victory.

    After three-putting from inside 10 feet on 17, Kuchar fell back into a tie for the lead with one hole to play. He bounced back in dramatic fashion on the final hole of the tournament, chipping in for birdie from the bunker.

    Kuchar's chip-in to win got us reminiscing about some of the best recovery shots of all-time.

    “Bubba Hook” During the 2012 Masters

    Apparently, playoff holes bring out the best shots in golfers; at least for Bubba Watson. The famous 40-yard Bubba hook-shot on the second playoff hole at the 2012 Masters will go down as one of the most spectacular shots in golf history.

    Bill Haas From the Greenside Pond

    At the 2011 Tour Championship, Bill Haas played a shot that we have all been tempted to do: hit the ball out of the water. The only difference is that Haas spun his shot to two feet, helping himself go on to win the championship.

    Kyle Stanley From Beneath a Cactus

    At the Waste Management Phoenix Open in 2012, Kyle Stanley’s ball found its way under a cactus, making it difficult to see the ball, let alone make a clean swing. Stanley took a stab at it and somehow hit it to 15 feet.

    Charl Schwartzel Goes Off the Road

    It isn't often that you see a golfer hit a shot off of a road, but Charl Schwartzel pulled off an incredible shot by doing so. During the third round of the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions, Schwartzel found his ball lying on a road, with no clear path to the green. He decided to play it from the road, and he nearly holed out from this ridiculous position, sticking it to two feet.

    Sergio Has No Fear of Trees

    Sergio Garcia’s famed running-jump came after he hit a bending shot around the base of a tree at the 1999 PGA Championship. Garcia landed his ball on the green, continuing his pursuit of Tiger throughout the tournament.

    This wasn’t Garcia’s only famed encounter with a tree. In the 2013 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Sergio climbed a tree to not only retrieve his ball, but play it from between the branches.

    Phil From the Augusta Pine Straw

    It wouldn’t be a list of miraculous shots if Phil Mickelson wasn’t on it, right? Phil found himself in the pine straw on the 13th at Augusta during the final round of the 2010 Masters. With no hesitation, Mickelson hit the shot of a lifetime around a tree, over the stream and onto the green within five feet of the pin. Mickelson would go on to win, with this shot playing a big role in the victory.

    Ballesteros from His Knees

    The legendary Seve Ballesteros played one of the more creative shots we’ve seen, hitting his ball through the trees from his knees. Although the ball didn’t reach the putting surface, Ballesteros gave us a shot to remember.

    Miguel Angel Jimenez Plays Wall-Ball

    At the 2010 British Open, Miguel Angel Jimenez found his ball a little bit too close to the stone wall for his liking. Jimenez decided to get creative and knock his ball off of the wall, flying it over the rough and onto the green.

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