After Jon Rahm's ace, Sportsmail takes a look at golf's greatest shots

If you thought Jon Rahm’s ace at Augusta was special, why don’t you take a look at these heroics? From Louis Oosthuizen’s crazy Masters hole-in-one, Phil Mickelson’s ridiculous reverse flop shot from the bunker, and Seve Ballesteros playing off his knees

  • Jon Rahm celebrated his 26th birthday in style on Tuesday at the Masters
  • Rahm sank an incredible hole-in-one by skimming the ball over water on the 16th
  • Sport fans were left in awe following the world No 2’s astonishing trick 
  • Here, Sportsmail takes a look at other remarkable shots down the years 

Jon Rahm had a birthday to remember on Tuesday after sinking an astonishing hole-in-one on the par-3 16th at Augusta.

The Spanish world No 2, celebrating his 26th birthday in style, skimmed the ball 224 yards over water before it trickled onto the green and incredibly rolled back down into the hole.

Social media was awash with excitement following Rahm’s trick shot, and it wasn’t just golf fans that were left in awe by his magic. It’s just a shame no patrons were allowed to watch the Spaniard’s trickery in all its magic at Augusta.

Following Rahm’s moment of genius on Tuesday, Sportsmail has decided to take a look back at some of the most spectacular hole-in-ones and trick shots from down the years…

Jon Rahm produced a spectacular hole-in-one during a practice round on the 16th at Augusta

Oosthuizen’s crazy hole-in-one on 16 at Augusta  

Let’s start off by sticking to the Masters theme, and cast our minds back to Louis Oosthuizen’s crazy hole-in-one on the 16th during his final round of the Masters back in 2016.

While credit rightly goes to the South African, it must be mentioned that there was a huge slice of luck involved.

As with all players during the final round at Augusta on 16, they look to land their approach shot up the hill on the green, before letting it trickle down to the hole – just like Rahm did during his practice round. 

As Oosthuizen’s ball raced back towards the hole, the murmurs in the crowd started to gather pace but then the unexpected happened.

Oosthuizen, who was on six over at the time, saw his ball incredibly bounce off JB Holmes’ before rolling straight into the hole. 

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Tiger’s magic touch… also on 16!

We can’t go a whole story regarding the most incredible shots down the years without mentioning 15-time major winner Tiger Woods.

Back in 2005, Woods claimed his fourth Green Jacket and ninth major title, in which his victory over Chris DiMarco will always be remembered for one moment of magic on the 16th. 

Woods let a three-shot advantage slip in his final round after DiMarco posted back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15, before the drama unfolded on the very next hole.

After Woods hit his tee shot long into the rough on the left of the green, he faced an extremely tough up-and-down from about 50 feet for par.

But Woods defied the odds as he pitched his second to some 20 feet left to the hole before it rolled down with the pin in sight. 

The ball appeared to stop ever so agonisingly short of the hole as it came to a rest on the lip, but a moment later it incredibly dropped in for a birdie two. There were more up and downs to follow but Woods would go onto secure victory over DiMarco in a play-off.  

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Marcel Siem’s slam-dunk

Away from the Masters now and let’s take a look back at Marcel Siem’s ridiculous ace at the Porsche European Open in Hamburg back in July 2017. 

It is extremely rare to see an ace go straight into the hole but that’s exactly what happened to Siem on the 17th hole at the Green Eagle GC.

Hitting a 7-iron in with his tee shot, his ball astonishingly landed straight into the cup without bouncing back out.

And for his incredible efforts, the German golfer won himself a €133,000 Porsche at the European Open. Not a bad day’s work.  

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The flukiest ace you’ll ever see?

While it won’t go down as the most spectacular ace ever, we must take a look at this  extremely lucky effort on the European Tour.

During the 2002 Alfred Dunhill Championship, James Kingston couldn’t believe his own luck on the par-3 15th.

Kingston hit a wayward tee shot into the trees on the left but what followed was simply ridiculous.

His ball ricocheted off the trees before bouncing on the edge of the green and racing straight into the hole.

And it clearly wasn’t just Kingston himself who couldn’t get his head around it. ‘Well that is unbelievable, I haven’t seen that in such a long time,’ said the commentator on duty during the event.

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Seve’s magic on his knees

Time after time, Seve Ballesteros would continue to amaze and during the 1997 Open de France, the late Spaniard defied the odds once more.

After seeing his ball nestle behind trees, with no escape route – Ballesteros improvised to an extent no one thought possible.

The Spaniard took to his knees with a fairway wood and after several cautious practice swings, managed to strike the ball under the trees.

Remarkably, the ball bounced back onto the fairway before finishing up just short of the green for a birdie opportunity.

The most magnificent improvisation. 

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Mickelson’s reverse flop shot

Mickelson’s signature move is his famous flop shot. We have seen so many work wonders down the years but one in particular stands out.

Back in 1995 on the PGA Tour, Mickelson produced the spectacular by performing a reverse flop shot… from a bunker!

The then fresh-faced American, without a stance in the bunker, decided to hit from the sand with his back towards the pin.

He then proceeded to hit off the lip of the bunker before the ball bounced over his head and incredibly back onto the green.

For a moment, it looked as if the ball was racing straight for the hole but it drifted just past. An absolutely heroic effort.

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Jimenez off the wall at St Andrew’s

Now off to the iconic roadside 17th at St Andrew’s and this time we take a look back at some magic from the ever-charismatic Miguel Angel Jimenez.

At the Open Championship 10 years ago, the Spaniard found himself in a daunting position, faced by many down the years on the 17th.

His ball nestled inches away from the roadside wall adjacent to the green and he only had one option.

It could have gone horribly wrong but Jimenez managed to bounce his ball off the wall before it spectacularly landed on the green. The roar was immense as those lucky enough to be in attendance were left in awe of his magic.

Jimenez ended up dropping two shots but if there was ever an opportunity to say it was an amazing double bogey, then this certainly is the time.

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Garcia climbs the trees

From one Spaniard to another and this time to 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia, who has unfortunately had to withdraw from the tournament due to testing positive for coronavirus.

Back in 2013 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Garcia stunned spectators after his ball somehow lodged 15 feet up a tree on the 10th.

Garcia then proceeded to climb up the tree before playing an astounding reverse one-handed shot back onto the fairway at Bay Hill.

But despite his heroics, Garcia was later forced to withdraw from the tournament after injuring himself while playing the shot.

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Nicklaus drains a miraculous putt

Even at the age of 70, golf’s greatest Jack Nicklaus still managed to wow those lucky enough to watch him play back in 2010.

Nicklaus played a ceremonial round in August 2010 alongside Johnny Miller, Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer to mark the grand opening of the former’s new course – The Golf Club at Harbor Shores, the ‘Golden Bear’s’

And on the 10th hole, Miller faced an uphill double-breaker of more than 100 feet and wanted to chip the ball instead.

But Nicklaus decided to take control of the situation and prove to Miller that putting was the right course of action.

Nicklaus casually walks down to where Miller is standing prior to throwing a ball to the surface before taking a quick glance at the hole and nonchalantly coasting it straight into the cup. 

Nicklaus proceeds to shrug his shoulders. All too easy for The Golden Bear. 

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