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

Transcript

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