Brandt Snedeker put a ball on a string

Harry How

There is controlling your spin on an approach shot, and then there is doing what Brandt Snedeker did at No. 18.

Golf is truly a game of centimeters at Augusta National, with fractions of an inch making the difference between a great shot and a poor one. That could mean hitting a sprinkler head on an approach shot into the green like Rory McIlroy did, barely staying out of the water like Fred Couples or landing on the perfect spot on the green to catch the slope.

Brandt Snedeker pulled off the latter on the 18th green. His approach shot appeared to be long. It was headed over the back ridge and if it got there, Snedeker would have been left with a very tricky two-putt. Instead, the ball stopped just short of the crest of the slope and slowly began to trickle back to the pin. It picked up a little momentum and rolled all the way back, nearly going in.

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Instead of facing a a possible three-putt, Snedeker tapped in for the easiest birdie you'll find at Augusta. How unlikely was the shot? Snedeker himself had given up on it, turning his back to the green before commotion from the crowd caused him to turn back to watch his near-eagle. It never hurts to be a little lucky on top of being good.

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