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Top Five: Memorable Masters playoffs

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Golf,Kevin Dunleavy

Where does Adam Scott's victory over Angel Cabrera rank among the most memorable Masters playoffs? Here are five of the best:

5. Nick Faldo (1989) » After shooting a final-round 65, Faldo won on the second playoff hole over Scott Hoch, making a 25-foot birdie putt at No. 11. His victory had a lot in common with the win by Scott, who became the first Australian to win; Faldo became the first Brit to capture the Masters.

4. Arnold Palmer (1962) » In an 18-hole playoff with fellow major champions Dow Finsterwald and Gary Player, Palmer was down by three strokes at the turn but fired a 5-under-par 31 on the back nine to post a 68 and pass Player (71).

3. Bubba Watson (2012) »

With a hooking corkscrew wedge out of the trees to within 10 feet for perhaps the most memorable recovery shot in golf history, Watson won on the first playoff hole at No. 10 over Louis Oosthuizen.

2. Sam Snead (1954) » Imagine an 18-hole playoff between the two greatest players of their generation -- Snead (70) and Ben Hogan (71). Both were on the downside of their career at age 41. It was the seventh and final major for Snead and the closest nine-time major winner Hogan would come to another.

1. Larry Mize (1987) » The journeyman, born and raised in Augusta, had won one PGA Tour event when he holed a ridiculously difficult chip shot at No. 11. Mize was the unlikely winner in a playoff against the glamorous duo of Seve Ballesteros, who made a bogey on the first playoff hole, and Greg Norman.

- Kevin Dunleavy

kdunleavy@washingtonexaminer.com

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