Jim Nantz has covered a wide variety of events over the years, but it’s impossible for me to hear his smooth timbre without thinking about sitting on the couch for way too many hours over the course of a weekend in April and convincing myself I’ll make the trek to Augusta next year. It is truly a tradition unlike any other.
I’m a fan of all things Nantz, and if anyone ever asks me why, all I’m going to do is show them this video of the CBS staple chilling in his backyard with partner in crime Nick Faldo:
Let’s try to break down the reasons this video is so fantastic. We’ll get the most obvious one out of the way first: Jim Nantz has a scale replica of the seventh hole at Pebble Beach sitting behind his house. The only way I’d respect him more is if he filled his backyard with water and installed a miniature version of the 17th at TPC Sawgrass.
You also can’t overlook their choice of music. I know golfers are all about having silence in their backswing, but even Faldo is willing to make an exception for The Masters theme.
However, the crown jewel of this clip has to be the Pebble Beach Pebble, which features the name of every person to ace the hole— a list that includes Tony Romo and David Feherty. According to Golf Digest, it costs $250 to have each name installed, which makes me love it even more.
It’s Jim Nantz’s world and we’re just living in it.