We look back at some of the most memorable Masters images in recent times from Augusta National
1987 - Larry Mize chips in from 140 feet away to win the the Masters in a playoff over No.1 Greg Norman. It was only the second career win for Mize.
1986 - "Yes Sir!" Jack Nicklaus sinks the 18 footer for birdie on 17 to secure his sixth Masters jacket. At 46, he's the oldest winner at Augusta.
1988 - Tied for the lead on 18, Scotsman Sandy Lyle sticks one within 10 feet from the fairway bunker. He would tap in to secure his second major title.
1989 - In the second hole of a playoff, Nick Faldo secures Masters victory. He defeated Steve Hoch who missed a two-foot put on the first playoff hole that would've won the jacket.
1991 - For the fourth straight year, a UK golfer wins the Masters. Tied with two others on the 72nd, Ian Woosnam outlasts the field, and drains his par putt for the victory.
1996 - Another heart-wrenching collapse for Aussie Greg Norman. Norman gives away a five stroke lead on Sunday to lose by five strokes to Nick Faldo.
1997 - The putt that started an era. Tiger Woods lights up Augusta shooting a Masters record -18. He became the youngest (21) and first non-white player to win the tourney.
2005 - Possibly the best chip in Masters history. Tiger aims 20 feet left of the hole on a chip. It slowly rolls to the lip of the cup, stops, and dramatically rolls in.
2005 - After a furious Sunday, Tiger and Chris DiMarco go to a playoff. Woods would roar after sinking his birdie putt to win his fourth Masters title.
2013 - Adam Scott makes Australia proud. With the sun setting, Scott drains a 15 foot birdie on the second playoff hole for his first major victory.
2012 - From 155 yards out and deep in the Augusta forest, Bubba Watson hooks a blind shot out of the woods. It ends up within 10 feet to secure Watsons first Masters title.
2010 - Leading by two strokes on the 13th, Phil Mickleson makes the shot of the tournament through a small gap in the trees. He went onto win by three strokes over Lee Westwood.
In his current role, Neil is responsible for testing drivers and golf balls. Having been a part of the Golf Monthly team for over 15 years and playing off a handicap of 3, he has the experience to compare performance between models, brands and generations. For 2022 he thinks the main trend in drivers is: "In a word, consistency. Whilst all the brands are talking about ball speed (and the new drivers are certainly long), my biggest finding has been how much more consistent the ball flights are. Mishits don't seem to be causing the same level of drop-off or increase in the spin numbers. This means that more shots seem to be flying the way you want them to!" As far as golf balls are concerned the biggest development is in the, "three piece, non-Tour, urethane-covered section. For regular golfers, these models offer superb performance at both ends of the bag without denting your wallet quite as much as the premium Tour-played options."
Originally working with the best coaches in the UK to produce instruction content, he is now the brand's Digital Editor and covers everything from Tour player interviews to gear reviews. In his time at Golf Monthly, he has covered equipment launches that date back well over a decade. He clearly remembers the launch of the Callaway and Nike square drivers as well as the white TaylorMade driver families, such as the RocketBallz! If you take a look at the Golf Monthly YouTube channel, you'll see his equipment videos dating back over a decade! He has also conducted 'What's In The Bag' interviews with many of the game's best players like Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Jon Rahm. Over the years, Neil has tested a vast array of products in each category and at drastically different price-points.
Neil is currently playing: Driver: TaylorMade Stealth Plus Fairway Wood: Titleist TSi2 Hybrid: Titleist TS3 Irons (4-9): Mizuno JPX 919 Forged Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 46˚, 50˚, 54˚, 60˚ Putter: Odyssey Triple Track Ten Ball: Titleist Pro V1X
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