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Anonymous Pro: I think we asked last year, Does Bubba win this Masters and ride off into the sunset, or does he have the drive to win more? He's a natural, but if you don't put in the work, you can fall into a rut.
Bamberger: The thing about Bubba is, a lot of fans are invested in him. I was buying stamps at the post office the other day and a woman at the counter saw my envelope, which had SPORTS ILLUSTRATED on it. She had no interest in golf, but she watched the last round of the Masters and she started crying just talking about how Bubba won the tournament.
Shots to Remember
WHAT'S THE BEST SHOT YOU'VE EVER SEEN AT THE MASTERS?
Anonymous Pro: Given the situation, I like the Jack Nicklaus five-iron to 16 when he won in '86, the one that landed by the hole and almost went in. The shot, the situation, the drama, the fact that it was Jack—it's all wrapped into one unforgettable package.
Bamberger: I'd say Tiger's much-replayed chip-in at 16 against Chris DiMarco in 2005. I'd rate that higher than Bubba's shot out of the pines last year. To have all the insight Tiger needed to play that shot, that's significantly better than Bubba's shot.
Shipnuck: Tiger's shot was great, but it wasn't even original. Davis Love III did the exact same thing six years earlier.
Bamberger: Was there ever a more dramatic shot than Larry Mize's chip-in?
Shipnuck: You could say the same thing about half the shots Nicklaus hit on the back nine in '86. Phil's shot from the pine straw on 13 in 2010 has to be a contender. Tiger's chip-in, any of those other shots, they weren't in sudden-death playoffs. They weren't do or die. If Bubba doesn't pull off that crazy wedge shot, he doesn't win the Masters. He had one chance and he did it. A sudden-death playoff raises the stakes.
Garrity: I didn't see either shot, and I don't know anybody who did, but Nicklaus made two eagles on number 5 in the same year ['95], a couple of days apart, on one of the course's most difficult holes.