Never thought I’d see another one like it. Ever.
When Jack Nicklaus won the 1986 Masters at the age of 46 with a dramatic back nine, I thought that was it.
There’s my all-time golf memory.
Then CBS golf analyst Ken Venturi told a young Jim Nance “remember this day kid, you’ll never see another one like it.”
It happened Sunday at Augusta.
Tiger Woods finally broke through and won that elusive 15th major, on a day that arguably goes down as the most memorable day in golf history.
It is for me. Sorry Jack.
Woods played like the Augusta veteran that he is, patiently working his way around the course waiting for competitors to make mistakes, and then jumping at the opportunity to go get another jacket.
Tiger got that big break on the 12th, when The seemingly unflappable Francesco Molinari finally made a huge mistake. Molinari hit his tee shot into Rae’s creek and made double. Tiger played it smart, hit his tee ball to the middle of the green and make a clutch putt for par. He was tied for the lead and never looked back.
Tiger nearly aced the 16th hole as his closest competitors continued to stumble, and suddenly the door swung wide open for him to win.
And he did.
As the patrons chanted “Tiger, Tiger, Tiger!” in unison, you couldn’t help but think about the enormity of the moment.
Woods let out several triumphant screams, smiled, hugged his kids, and fist bumped patrons along his path to Butler Cabin.
That’s where he went to collect his 5th green jacket.
And all was good with golf again.
Now the pursuit of Jack’s 18 majors is now once again in play. With the PGA coming next at Bethpage Black, and the US Open at Pebble, two venues where he’s won majors- Tiger could get another one this year.
Sure, he’s 43 and it’s going to be super tough.
Still, one thing’s for sure. Counting Tiger Woods out is a big mistake.
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