Best Putt of the Decade

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Best Putt of the Decade - Voting Results
  • David Toms' par putt on the 72nd hole to win the 2001 PGA Championship - 4%
  • Tiger Woods' 'Better Than Most' putt on 17 at the 2001 Players Championship - 29%
  • Phil Mickelson's putt on the 72nd hole to win the 2004 Masters Tournament - 32%
  • Tiger Woods' putt to force a playoff on the 72nd hole of the 2008 U.S. Open - 33%
  • Hilary Lunke's birdie putt on the 90th hole to win the 2003 U.S. Women's Open - 2%

Rocco Mediate was one putt from being crowned 2008 U.S. Open champion. Unfortunately for him, Tiger Woods was the one holding the putter. Faced with 12 feet to force an 18-hole Monday playoff, Woods buried the birdie for what you voted as the Best Putt of the Decade.

Over the years, Woods has certainly made longer putts, even more difficult ones, but none more dramatic or more defining than the one on the 72nd hole at Torrey Pines.

Playing on a bum left leg and facing a scrappy veteran in Mediate, Woods was one down with one to play. One bad drive and one sloppy iron shot later, Woods found himself in the gnarly rough, 101 yards from the hole. On the advice of caddie Steve Williams, Woods played a wedge, muscling it onto the front surface of the green.

With Mediate watching in the scorer's trailer on a TV monitor and everyone else in the golfing world watching along with him, Woods made the right-to-left curler and released one of his most emotional outbursts ever.

Woods went on to win the next day, making a birdie on the par-5 18th once again to force sudden death, where he finally captured the trophy with a par on the 91st hole.

It took everything Woods had to win his 14th major championship – including the best putt of the decade.


December 18 results: Best Quote

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Best Clutch Shot [Men]
Best Clutch Shot [Women]
Best Record-Setting Performance