It was the mission of all missions, but Golf Monthly has given it a go! Through hours of research, we have brought together our list of the 100 greatest golf shots ever played. From old-school legends like Ben Hogan to the modern-day mavericks of John Daly, it’s time to pour yourself a brew, sit back and enjoy…
9. Costantino Rocca – Putt on 18th at St Andrews, final round, 1995 Open
After John Daly had posted a final round of 71 and a 72-hole total of six-under-par, only one man could catch the renegade American. Italian Costantino Rocca came to the home hole needing a birdie to force a four-hole play-off. He hit a fine drive just short and left of the green from where an up-and-down looked a distinct possibility. Daly watched anxiously on TV coverage as Rocca stood over his chip shot. He fluffed it and the ball dribbled into the treacherous Valley of Sin. Rocca slapped his head in frustration while Daly smiled, hugged his wife and prematurely celebrated victory. Rocca still had a chance, but he needed to hole from 65 feet from the Valley of Sin, unlikely to say the least. He struck the putt firmly and it ran up onto, and across, the green towards the hole. Incredibly it dropped, as did Rocca – to his knees with his arms aloft. He took off his hat, fell forward to the ground and began beating the turf with his fists. Neither he nor Daly could believe it. But Rocca’s emotional energy was spent and the American went on to win in the play-off.
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