Tiger Woods Aims For First US Masters Win In 7 Years: Here's 5 Magical Moments From Augusta (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post UK  |  By Posted: 3/04/2012 15:54 Updated: 3/05/2012 10:23

Four days of glorious golf commences on Thursday when Augusta hosts the 76th US Masters and the year's first major championship.

Tiger Woods, fresh from his victory at the Arnold Palmer International at Florida's Bay Hill a fortnight ago, has been installed as favourite with the bookies as he seeks his first major since 2009.

Britain meanwhile occupies the top three spots in golf's world rankings, with Luke Donald, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood all vying to wear the green jacket for the first time.

McIlroy capitulated in Georgia last year having led the leaderboard for three days, and the Northern Irishman admitted on Monday he cried on the phone to his mother after capitulating on the course.

He does however have a major to his name, having recovered to win the US Open at the Congressional Golf Club in Maryland two months later. Donald and Westwood are still yet to win one of golf's four grand slams, while Nick Faldo was the last Briton to sample victory at the Masters in 1996.

So ahead of four rounds of tension and drama, sit back and enjoy some luscious golf shots from some of Augusta's finest...

Gene Sarazen's double-eagle, 1935

Heralded as “the shot heard around the world”, Sarazen was three down at the 15th but holed his second shot, a 4-wood from 235 yards, to draw level with Craig Wood. The feat helped Sarazen defeat his opponent in a playoff the following day.

Jack Nicklaus, 1986

The Golden Bear's antics on the back nine of the final round are legendary, as he entered the club house in 30 strokes. He birdied at 9, 10 and 11 and hit an eagle at 15, but remained two behind leader Seve Ballesteros.

He then hit his tee shot at 16 to four feet and sunk another birdie. Ballesteros, one hole behind, cracked, as he topped his second shot into the lake. Nicklaus went on to birdie at 17 and ultimately won the green jacket for a sixth and final time at the age of 46 years and three months.

Sandy Lyle's bunker shot at the 18th, 1988

Having driven into a fairway bunker at the final hole, Lyle's ball nestled awkwardly near the lip. Opting for a 7-iron, he adroitly set up an eight-foot birdie which he downed, becoming Scotland’s first Masters champion.

Tiger Woods at the 16th, 2005

One of the greatest shots in golf's history. This Woods dink boasted staggering technique and sheer tension, for he was one shot behind Chris DiMarco in the final round.

Including a flawless advertisement for Nike, the pioneering approach admittedly yells "just do it" and Woods defeated his compatriot in a play-off.

Phil Mickelson's 6-iron through the tress on the 13th, 2010

“Listen, there’s an opening in the trees, and it’s just a 6-iron,” Mickelson told caddie Jim Mackay. “All I have to do is execute. It’s not like I have to hit a big hook or big cut. I have to hit a 6-iron on a big ol’ green.”

And hit the green he did. He actually missed his put for eagle, but five holes later Mickelson was donning the green jacket for a third time.

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