The greatest shot of all time?
We close off this little trip down memory lane with the greatest shot of all time.
Crans Montana in Switzerland in 1993.
On the last day after 12 holes Seve is 5 off the pace.
He then birdies 13,14,15,16 and 17. As you do.
Now he’s now tied for the lead with one hole to play.
On 18 playing for safety, Seve brings the tres madera out and carves it left to right into the rubbish where it hits the wall of a swimming pool on one of the adjoining houses and finishes 7 feet from an 8 foot wall nearly in someone’s backyard with pine trees everywhere.
Billy Foster (caddy) thinks the tournament is gone so just “offers him the bag” thinking he’ll chip it out, wedge it on the green and still be in with a chance. Seve is down on his hands and knees looking over the wall at a chink of daylight in the canopy the size of a dinner plate and Billy has no idea what he’s looking at.
Billy pleads with him to chip it out. “No, no, no – I see the shot Billy. Give me wedge”.
He has half a back swing because there is a tree behind him. Then he has to get it up over an 8 foot wall and he is 7 foot from the wall.
Over the top of the wall it’s a complete canopy with the exception of the afore-mentioned tiny gap.
Billy pleads again for chip out.
Seve hits the shot with half a back swing and dust flies up.
There’s no noise – over the wall , through the”hole” in the trees, over the swimming pool on the other side of the wall, over four 80 ft pine trees 20 yards short of the green and lands one yard short of the green behind a bunker. He then chips the ball over the bunker into the hole for a birdie to win the tournament.
First and third shots can be viewed on youtube but no footage of the greatest shot of all time alas.