Our Favorite Week Of The Year
Celebrities and professionals discuss what makes the Masters the most anticipated week on the golf calendar.
Released on 3/28/2016
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I don't want anyone to think I'm slighting the other,
but I just called Superbowl 50,
and it meant the world to me to call the 50th Superbowl,
but I've been consistent with this.
The one event in my career that I would never
ever want to let go of is the Masters.
That was the one event that was the impetus for me to want
to get into broadcasting, to be a storyteller,
to be able to attend these fascinating events
all over the world,
but it always got back to the one place, Augusta National.
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My voicemail is Hello friends, Jim Nantz, CBS Sports.
Chris O'Donnell is not here today,
he's out at Bel Air making birdies,
but in a tradition unlike any other,
leave your name and number and he'll call you back.
The Masters, it's the best week of the year.
Sunday, I've got to be at home,
no one can be disturbing me,
and I've gotta be focused on the tournament.
And I make my own pimento cheese sandwiches at home
as I watch it.
The Masters is incredible because that's the biggest
of all the biggest. I never watched it
until I played golf, and this guy introduced me to golf.
Johnny introduced me to golf,
him and Olly took me to Riviera for the first time,
and I was like this isn't a sport.
But I kept watching them and it was all kind of effortless
for them, they were hitting these beautiful shots,
and I said let me try that.
I couldn't hit the ball, and I said,
you know what?
I'm gonna figure this out,
then I became obsessed.
Johnny and I were roommates, we put a cup down at the
end of the hallway and we'd put all day and chip all day,
in the house on the carpet.
But I never really watched the Masters
until I played the game, then I was like wow,
I want to play that course.
My dad was a golfer.
He would bring us and send my brother down on fairway
and then send me down another fairway,
and we would pretty much work as his spotters throughout
the course of the round.
So we had a great respect for the game.
I remember every Masters, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
we were glued to that TV.
That's something that I think my father and I
had some bonding time.
I don't think you can be a golf fan and not watch
the Masters and hear Jim Nantz in that iconic voice of his.
The tournament that hooked me really,
was all the way up to the '86 Masters
when Jack Nicklaus made that run, yes!
You know, I mean that was, it just made golf on TV
really fun for me to watch.
I think most people, kind of in their late 30s, 40s, 50s,
one of their big memories of the Masters is '86.
It was a pretty special day clearly.
But I definitely remember '87 because that was Greg Norman.
From then on that was the tournament I had to watch
every year because everybody talked about it,
and in Australia it was that Greg Norman's going to win
this year and then it kind of morphed into the
Jason Day Adam Scott, da da da da da.
That was how big a deal it was when Adam won the tournament
because we'd been waiting 25, 30 years.
Ever since I growing up I watched almost every round
even the par 3 on TV.
My memories are a lot of Tiger Woods' winning by a million,
you know, Phil Mickelson's leap where he only leaped
about an inch off the ground.
I'm playing with him this week, hopefully I can give him
a little crap about that jump.
I actually have a picture of that in my office, signed.
Just watching it, through the different shots you've seen,
Phil hitting it out of the trees on the par 5,
the Bubba hook on the par 4 10th in the playoff,
it's one of those events that if you follow golf
but you don't play it professionally,
you need to go and experience it, you have to go see it
at least once.
What a pleasure it's been broadcasting it
already 30 times.
It's all moving along too quickly.
I'm on the back nine, or the second nine
I guess you could say.
The second nine at Augusta is pretty good.