Tiger Woods' Masters victory: The story behind the iconic images at Augusta

Dan Kilbridge, Golfweek
Published 5:17 p.m. ET April 22, 2019 | Updated 5:21 p.m. ET April 22, 2019

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The Phantom Punch.

The Dunk.

Two iconic moments forever frozen in time thanks to the still images that captured Muhammed Ali’s first-round knockout of Sonny Liston in 1965 and Michael Jordan’s soaring takeoff from the free-throw line to defeat Dominique Wilkins in the 1988 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Few can recall the exact details and events that led up to these defining moments. After so many years, the image becomes the story.

The specifics from Tiger Woods’ remarkable Masters triumph last week at Augusta National are still fresh. The momentum-swinging iron shot at No. 7. The short-game touch to save par at No. 9.

Those key pieces will fade in time. What will we remember 30 years from now, when the story is conveyed to a new generation?

The red mock turtleneck. Black trousers. Arms raised in triumph, putter in left hand, right foot raised ever-so-slightly above the putting surface. The unburdened…

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