How Walter Hagen played a role in the shot 'heard round the world'

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How Walter Hagen played a role in the shot 'heard round the world'

Most golf fans will have heard of Gene Sarazen's double eagle on the par-five 15th during the 1935 Masters. It has come to be known as "the shot heard 'round the world."

However, what many people don't know is that Walter Hagen played a big part in this memorable Masters moment.

Hagen was playing alongside Sarazen that afternoon and Sarazen could not decide on a club for his second shot while standing in the middle of the 15th fairway.

Finally, Hagen yelled over from the side of the fairway, "Hurry up, will ya? I've got a date tonight."

This caused Sarazen to finally decide on a 4-wood, which he then belted 235 yards and right into the hole for a double eagle.

What many don't know about the 1935 Masters is that Sarazen's double eagle on 15 only helped him come back and tie Craig Wood for the lead after 72 holes.

Wood and Sarazen would take part in a 36-hole playoff the following day, which Sarazen won by a score of 144-149.