Masters Moment #14: Larry Mize Chips-In
I am not from Augusta, Georgia. But if I was, I would imagine the Masters would be a big part of my life growing up. Seems like the sort of thing that would seep into every part of your daily life.
You eat, sleep, and breathe golf and when springtime rolls around your life becomes all about the Masters. It just has to be that way.
Larry Mize is one of those guys. Born and raised in Augusta. Attended Georgia Tech. He worked the scoreboard at Augusta National as a kid. He is a hometown boy.
It must have been the fulfillment of a lifetime goal just to play in the Masters, but Mize took it one step further.
At the 1987 Masters, Mize was tied with Seve Ballesteros and Greg Norman after four rounds of play. After the first hole, it was down to Mize and Norman.
Mize came up well short of the green while Norman had a reasonable look at birdie. The most likely outcome, however, was Norman making par. Mize, on the other hand, was looking at a difficult up and down to continue the playoff.
But then, one of the most miraculous shots in golf history happened. Mize landed his ball on the fringe just short of the 11th green and it started speeding towards the hole. The ball hit the flagstick and dropped straight down for an improbable birdie. Norman missed his putt and just like that, the hometown hero stole a Green Jacket and put himself on the front page of the Augusta National history book.