This weekend was supposed to mark one of the greatest weekends of the year, but with the Masters being pushed out of its usual April spot and postponed until November, various networks have been showing full final-round replays throughout what was supposed to be Masters week.
ESPN recently looked back at Jack Nicklaus’ 86 Masters win and this weekend the replays move over to CBS. First up on Saturday will be Phil Mickelson’s win in 2004 and then on Sunday, the network will re-air Tiger Woods’ win from a year ago.
CBS’ Jim Nantz took part in a video call with Woods to recount that magical Sunday. Nantz spoke with CBS Sports’ Kyle Porter about the discussion he had with Woods and two things really stuck out, being that he’s re-watched the broadcast ‘many, many times’ since and that the greatest memory of that day was being able to celebrate the win with his kids behind the 18th green.
“Tiger did tell me he’s watched the broadcast many, many times. It was like he knew the entire traffic flow of the broadcast. I had to circle back and talk about the scene behind the 72nd green and what that was like for him,” Nantz said via Porter. “There’s a tremendous amount of emotion, much more emotion for him expressing it now than there was last year at Butler Cabin.
Even Tiger says, ‘I’m emotional just even looking at it now and talking about it.’ You can hear him. You can hear a little catch in his voice. It’s not tears, it’s not bawling, but for Tiger, he doesn’t usually take us there, but he was really struck.”
There are countless memories about Woods’ final round that day. He birdied holes 13, 15 and 16 to grab a two-shot lead that afternoon and then bogeyed his final two holes to win by a single shot. For most, though, that stretch isn’t the first memory that pops into mind when recalling that Sunday afternoon.
Instead, it’s Woods tapping in his putt for the win on his 72nd hole and him embracing his son and daughter behind the green just like his dad embraced him after his first win at Augusta in 1997.
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