Jun
3
2012
Video: The chip heard ’round the world
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

I’m sure you’ve all seen “the most unbelievable, gutsy shot” that Jack Nicklaus has ever seen and he added during the 18th green trophy presentation at Muirfield Village, “I’ve seen a lot of shots in golf and I don’t think I’ve seen a better one.”

That’s a bold statement, but I’ve wasted a lot of time hit the replay button so many times that I’ve lost track.

It was pretty cool (and a privilege) to see it in person. Of course, by “pretty cool,” I mean “mind-blowingly awesome.”

When he blew it over the green, I, along with the rest of the world, thought he was screwed. Then, he hit arguably the best shot in history under the circumstances.

I’ll never forget the vintage Tiger right-arm fist-pump and roar. The last time I can actually recall him reacting similarly was at the 2009 Arnold Palmer Invitational when he rolled in a long putt (30-40 feet I think) for a walk-off birdie to win.

As for the actual shot it was apparently very similar or reminiscent of Tiger’s chip-in on No. 11 when he won here in ’09.

I shook my head after I was nearly knocked off balance from the crowd’s reaction. I thought to myself, did that just happen? Of course it did — after all, I felt something shift around the 14th hole, where I started to feel like I was watching vintage Tiger.  I tweeted after he hit his tee shot on No. 15: “Tiger looking as confident as I’ve seen since back nine of third round at 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach…”

Wait, that happened? Two-down with four to play, Tiger birdied three of the last four holes. to win his 73rd PGA Tour victory and tying Jack Nicklaus’ record at Jack’s tournament. It couldn’t have been scripted better.

Oh yeah, golf also won today.