2017 Masters Champion Danny Willett in action

With the 2018 Masters less than a month away, SportsByte takes a look at ten of the most famous moments in history from Augusta National.

10. Danny Willet – 2016

After three rounds American Jordan Speith led at Augusta by five shots.

The 22 year old started to crumble on the back nine with bogeys on 10 and 11, followed by a collapse on the iconic par 3 12th as he found the water twice resulting in a quadruple bogey.

Willet meanwhile shot 34 on the front nine and with Speith only managing to shoot 71, Willet led the tournament on the 16th tee which he later went on to birdie.

2016 was only Willet’s second appearance at Augusta national but with 4 consistent rounds he managed to hold onto victory.

9. Mark O’Meara – 1998

The 41 year old finished nine under for the last 36 holes with a 68 on Saturday and a 67 on Sunday.

Fred couples and David Duval looked set for a shoot out for the green jacket, but O’Meara birdied 17 and 18 on Sunday to win by one.

O’Meara never led the 1998 Masters until sinking a 20 foot putt for birdie on the 72nd hole.

8. Bubba Watson – 2012

Bubba had to survive a playoff with South African Louis Oosthuizen who once led by 5 strokes.

He even made history with an albatross two, holing out from 260 yards the first ever at Augusta.

In the playoff Watson held his nerve, both players made par on the first playoff hole. On the second Bubba hooked his drive left, but managed to swipe his ball from the trees to inside 10 feet of the pin.

Louis meanwhile made a mess of the hole coming up short and failing to get up and down giving  Bubba to putts for the win to claim his fifth victory on tour.

7. Bernhard Langer – 1985

After 54 holes the German found himself four shots behind leader Curtis Strange and two shots behind Seve.

Langer had to be aggressive and he was. Taking a one shot lead into Amen Corner, then striking a three iron to 12ft on the par five 13th to hole out for eagle.

The German bogeyed  the last hole to win by one. Langer took many risks when hitting greens on his final round to clinch the 85 tournament.

6. Tiger Woods – 2005

Woods famously missed the green on 16 only to produce a stroke of genius, he chipped in for birdie but pitched the ball so far up the slope of the green to let it roll down and drop dead weight into the hole.

Arguably the greatest ever golf shot as seen here.

That birdie gained Woods a one shot lead over Chris DiMarco, but he went onto bogey 17 and 18. Woods then birdied the first playoff hole to eventually beat DiMarco.

5. Phil Mickelson – 2004

Ernie Els looked set to secure the 2004 championship, with two eagles on the 8th and 13th. He played his final 18 at five under par.

Little did he know Phil Mickelson birdied 12, 13 and 14 to draw level.

Mickelson’s efforts earned him an 18ft uphill birdie putt on the last for the win which he holed to beat Ernie by one. This victory was Phil’s first major he went on to claim two more green jackets in 2006 and 2010.

4. Arnold Palmer – 1960

Palmer led all three rounds of the Masters that year, but Ken Venturi was in the clubhouse at five under on Sunday with Palmer yet to play his final four holes. At 16 Palmer had a long birdie putt which rattled off the pin and stayed out. This meant Palmer had to finish birdie birdie to win his second major. On 17 Palmer was left with a 20 foot putt which trickled down the slope in the center of the cup, followed by an excellent approach on 18 leaving him four foot away. He holed the putt.

3. Arnold Palmer – 1962

Palmer dropped five shots in 15 holes on Masters Sunday with sloppy play, but managed a two on 16 to reach a Monday playoff with Gary Player and Dow Finsterwald.

On Monday Palmer fell three shots behind Player but made birdies on the long uphill 10th, the difficult 12th as well as 13 and 14, to lead by one.

Around 40,000 watched Arnie’s surge to victory but not many realise just how tense the pressure was in modern day golf.

2. Sergio Garcia – 2017

Fresh in the memory of many golfing fans, the Spaniard beat Justin Rose to claim his long awaited maiden major.

Rose and Garcia were both tied at nine under after 72 holes after shooting a pair of 69’s. Garcia had to sink a five foot putt on the last to reach a playoff with Rose.

On the first playoff hole, Rose made bogey leaving Garcia two putts for victory, he only needed one. The scream that followed was the relief that Garcia had finally won a major as you can see here.

1. Jack Nicklaus – 1986

One of the most unexpected outcomes in golfing history, Nicklaus never looked like winning the tournament.

Spaniard Seve Ballesteros took the early lead with two eagles but famously found the pond at the 15th, taking him out of contention.

Greg Norman made four birdies but a miss hit approach on 18 left too far right to salvage par. T

hen came Texan Tom Kite who missed a putt on the last to force a playoff with Nicklaus.

Of course the last man standing was the golden bear Jack Nicklaus who started the day four shots back but held on to claim his sixth masters title.