Major Moments: Earliest Masters Memory

From Greg Norman's collapse to Tiger Woods' breakthrough, recalling the moments that have made the Masters special.

Released on 4/7/2015

Credits

Executive Producer: Harris Levinson

Produced by: Emoticon Productions

Transcript

00:09
My earliest memory is watching on television,
00:11
it was 1963 it turns out,
00:13
and it was Jack Nicklaus who won
00:15
but Tony Lema who was a local guy from the Bay Area
00:17
was coming out of nowhere to make a late challenge
00:20
and he birdied 18, made like a 20-footer,
00:22
and I remember my parents just getting so excited
00:24
when he made it cos he danced around,
00:25
he was charismatic, and it was just really
00:27
a memorable celebration.
00:28
The only things we watched on television
00:30
were the NFL games, the Indianapolis 500,
00:32
so if it was on TV and it was a sports event,
00:34
you knew it was a big deal.
00:35
For a golf tournament to be that big
00:37
it kind of spoke to golf being important
00:39
and it made me pay more attention to golf definitely
00:42
and probably want to be a golfer a little bit more.
00:44
More so than any specific player winning or losing
00:47
it was the majesty of this miracle course,
00:50
it was so green, it was so bright,
00:53
and there was this whole half of it they wouldn't
00:54
even show you, it just sort of added to the big mystique.
00:57
2003 Mike Weir, being Canadian and him
01:00
outlasting Len Mattiace there, on the 10th hole,
01:05
and for at least a week anyways he was a Canadian icon,
01:09
above Wayne Gretzky, which isn't easy to do.
01:12
I think I was in college,
01:14
it was the one where DiMarco and Tiger were going at it,
01:17
and then Tiger made that chip on 16, unreal.
01:20
I mean, I remember where I was when that happened,
01:23
that was my first Masters moment.
01:26
It was 1996, the famous Greg Norman collapse,
01:29
I was just getting into golf,
01:30
I liked Greg Norman, he was the flashy number one player
01:34
at least the biggest star at the time.
01:37
And the first three days were really fun to watch
01:39
but the last day not so much.
01:42
I think it was the first time I realized
01:44
just how helpless you can be as a golfer
01:47
I remember the '97 Masters,
01:50
I think that's probably going to be the answer
01:51
for a lot of people my age, I was 12 years old,
01:54
really just starting to get into golf
01:56
and watching Tiger win in such an impressive fashion
01:59
was incredible.
02:00
To see a guy that was athletic, and he was powerful,
02:03
and everything exciting and it was special,
02:06
it was awesome and it was definitely the first
02:08
memory I have of Augusta.
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