Top 5: The Most Iconic Golf Photos

My colleague raised this debate at lunch the other day, after noticing the iconic photo of Payne Stewart hanging on the restaurant wall.

And so over lunch, using our iphones and google, we debated the most iconic golf photos of all time, finally agreeing on these five: Jack’s Walk, Payne’s Pump, Tiger’s Explosion, Arnie’s Throw, and Phil’s Leap.

Others on our list included Ben Hogan’s one-iron at Merion (’50 U.S. Open), Arnie’s winning putt at the ’64 Masters, and Seve Ballesteros’ win at St Andrews (’84 Open), among others.

As something of a #WaybackWednesday-type post, here’s a look at our choices for the five most iconic golf photos of all time.


1. JACK’S WALK

Who: Jack Nicklaus
What: 1986 Masters
When: Sunday, April 13, 1986
Where: Hole 17, Augusta National GC
Photographer: Phil Sheldon, Popperfoto

ORIGINAL CAPTION: Jack Nicklaus of the United States sinks a birdie putt at the 17th hole during the US Masters Golf Tournament held at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia on 13th April 1986. Nicklaus won the tournament by one stroke, his record-breaking 18th Major Championship victory over a record-breaking 24 years. (Photo by Phil Sheldon / Popperfoto / Getty Images)

TIGER’S EXPLOSION

Who: Tiger Woods
What: 2008 U.S. Open
When: Sunday, June 15, 2008
Where: Hole 18, Torrey Pines GC
Photographer: Robyn Beck, AFP

ORIGINAL CAPTION: Tiger Woods of the US celebrates his birdie putt on the 18th hole in the fourth round of the 108th U.S. Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California on June 15, 2008. Woods’ finished tied for the lead with compatriot Rocco Mediate, forcing a playoff which will take place on June 16. (AFP PHOTO / ROBYN BECK / Getty Images)

ARNOLD’S THROW

Who: Arnold Palmer
What: 1960 U.S. Open
When: Saturday, June 18, 1960
Where: Hole 18, Cherry Hills CC
Photographer: John G. Zimmerman, SI

ORIGINAL CAPTION: 6/18/1960 – Denver, CO – Arnold Palmer came in with a 4 under par 280 to win the U.S. Open at Cherry Hills Country Club, Englewood, Colo. After holing out his final putt on the 18th green, he winds up to throw his sun visor high in the air. One of the leading money winners this year, Palmer also won the Masters Tournament. (Photo by John G. Zimmerman / Sports Illustrated / Getty Images)

PAYNE’S PUMP

Who: Payne Stewart
What: 1999 U.S. Open
When: Sunday, June 20, 1999
Where: Hole 18, Pinehurst No. 2
Photographer: Al Tielemans, SI

ORIGINAL CAPTION: Payne Stewart victorious after winning U.S. Open golf tournament on Sunday June 20, 1999 at Course No. 2 of Pinehurst Resort in Pinehurst, NC. (CREDIT: Al Tielemans / Sports Illustrated/ Getty Images)

PHIL’S LEAP

Who: Phil Mickelson
What: 2004 Masters
When: Sunday, April 11, 2004
Where: Hole 18, Augusta National GC
Photographer: Dave Martin, AP

ORIGINAL CAPTION: Phil Mickelson celebrates after winning the Masters golf tournament with a long birdie putt on the 18th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga on April 11, 2004. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)

Credits: Getty Images, The Masters, USGA


Kevin Reid

Kevin Reid is a Pro Golf Weekly producer and contributor. Kevin calls himself a professional golf fan.

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