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