5 best pressure shots by Champions Tour stars


5 best pressure shots by Champions Tour stars

The Mitsubishi Electric Classic on the Champions Tour is at TPC Sugarloaf in Duluth this weekend, with competitive rounds on Friday through Sunday.

Several of the competitors shared their views about a variety of topics with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Today, five of the stars provide their single best career shot under pressure. It’s no surprise that Georgia’s own Larry Mize would recall a certain shot in 1987 at Augusta National Golf Club.

  • COLIN MONTGOMERIE: “Dubai Desert Classic, 1996. I was one ahead — had to hit a driver off the fairway to a green that wasn’t suitable for a driver, and it stopped dead. It was a good shot. Best shot I’ve ever hit.” 
  • PAUL GOYDOS: “I would probably have to say my tee shot, my second shot, my putt when I shot 59 (July 9, 2010, John Deere Classic, first round). I couldn’t have hit any of those shots any better. If I would have hit those shots on the range, I would have said, OK, I’m done. I don’t need to practice anymore.” 
  • ESTEBAN TOLEDO: “1993. I chipped it in for birdie to get my PGA Tour card. That was the toughest shot I remember.”
  • JEFF SLUMAN: “Might’ve been the 72nd hole in the Players Championship in 1987. It wasn’t do or die, but I hit a beautiful 5-iron about 12 feet left of the hole and tied for the lead. That was about as much stress at that time that I was going to face in my life, not having won at that point.”
  • LARRY MIZE: “It’s got to be the pitch-and-run there at Augusta. Even though I have fond memories of the 4-iron I hit into 18 [in Tucson] to win back in ‘93 — it was a really good shot I hit there — but it’s got to be the shot at Augusta.”
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