Saturday, March 26, 2011

Looking Back: The 1986 Masters

With The Masters coming up in a couple weeks it's hard to believe it has been twenty five years since Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters at age 46. I was in the gym yesterday about to hop on the stationary bike. Before doing so I grabbed the current issue of Golf Digest for my entertainment over the next thirty plus minutes. I'm glad I did as I found a great article about that Masters (see below). Golf Digest sat down as Nicklaus and his son Jackie reminisced about that historic final round. When you click on the link, it will take you away from this page and lead you to the Golf Digest web site. Enjoy the article and as a bonus there are audio highlights to the right of the article which I recommend listening to. Great commentary from the greatest in the game.

The Masters: A Father and Son Moment

My flashback to that day in April 1986: I was sharing a house with a couple friends in Bethesda MD and a buddy and I had nothing much to do that day (Translated: Hungover from Saturday night) so we were tuned into the television coverage. Normally we'd talk about other sports or stuff going in our lives, make a bet or two and channel surf to the Orioles game. As Nicklaus started to make his move up the leaderboard, we shut up and just soaked up the telecast. The best call of the tournament was CBS's Verne Lundquist yelling out "YES SIR!" as Nicklaus's putt dropped in the hole on #17 and he seized the lead. I still get chills hearing this call.

When the tournament was over my buddy and I looked at each other knowing we just saw one of the coolest sports stories ever. To this day I still feel this. Nicklaus shot a 30 on the back nine of Augusta National to win his sixth Masters at 46 years old. Amazing!

Here is a ten minute video of the 1986 Masters

Spring is here on the calendar. The coolest month of sports arrives on Friday. Enjoy!

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