The US Masters is underway and has already provided some stunning images from the breathtakingly beautiful Augusta National Golf Club.

As the golfing competition moves into its final stages and Britain's Rory McIlroy desperately fights to get back in contention, News Shopper takes a look back at the five greatest moments in Masters history.

5. Jack Nicklaus wins aged 46 - 1986

Many people take up golf because it is one of the few sports which can still be enjoyed during their retirement.

Nicklaus, who was still mixing it with the best at the ripe old age of 65, proved that you can go one step further.

Jack, who hung up his golf gloves in 2005, is probably best remembered for a stunning victory at Augusta in 1986.

Plenty assumed this would be the American's last tournament and that he would miss the cut or fade away in the contest's dying stages. But Jack had other ideas.

Playing some of the greatest golf of his career, Nicklaus finished nine under par, beating nearest rival Greg Norman by a single stroke.

Ronald Guell

4. Bubba Watson - Out of the trees - 2012

After hooking his t-shot into the trees on the second hole of his play-off with Louis Oosthuizen, Bubba stared down at the fairway, shook his head in disgust and looked a finished man.

However, the American spotted the smallest of gaps in the trees and wedged a 160-yard shot onto the green to the amazement of the Augusta crowd.

Oosthuizen, now under enormous pressure, choked his putt, leaving Watson to scoop the green jacket.


3. Gary Player - Last minute madness - 1978

Probably the greatest comeback in Masters history.

Player went into the final round seven strokes behind, but shot a stunning 64  (eight-under-par).

This round was made particularly memorable by the fact that most of the comeback occurred on the back nine - with a grand total of seven birdies.

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2. Faldo blows the White Shark away - 1996

Despite all his career accolades Greg Norman has never won a Masters title.

When he looks back on his incredible career it will be the final day of the 1996 Masters which will haunt him.

Teeing off on the Sunday with a six-shot lead, the Australian collapsed in spectacular style allowing Britain's Nick Faldo to seize the green jacket and get one over his long-term rival.

Norman shot a cringe-worthy 78 in that round with Faldo going on to clinch his third Masters title by five shots.

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Nick Faldo

1. Tiger Woods - Take a deep breath! - 2005

With a one-shot lead, Tiger had a tricky chip onto the green at the 16th hole on the final day.

With the ball lying awkwardly on a ridiculously steep bank, Woods' shot initially appeared to have been under-hit and well off the line.

But as the ball reached the apex of a small mound on the green it took a dramatic turn to the right and edged closer and closer to the hole.

The ball stopped a matter of millimetres away from the cup leaving the crowd gasping of breath. However, after a two-second pause, the ball dropped into the hole prompting wild celebrations.

Tiger Woods went on to defeat Chris DiMarco in a play-off to claim his fourth Masters title.