I hope lots of people find inspiration in this as much as I do. Enjoy!
There's nothing better than settling in on Sunday afternoon and watching the final nine holes of The Masters. My first memory of the Masters was 1986, and I'm so glad I had that as my first memory. Funny thing, I don't remember Bernhard Langer in 1985. So for that reason, the list is my Top 10 Masters since 1986 to 2011. Over the last few years, though I've enjoyed The Masters, I feel it's lacked that edge of your seat feeling. Not that it hasn't been dramatic with Charl Schwartzel in 2011 making birdie on each of his final three holes to win. Or Zach Johnson laying up on all the par 5's to have the highest winning score since Sam Snead's 289 in 1956. Then there's Fred Couples great run in 2006 where he finished T2 and Kenny Perry's bogey - bogey finish then a bogey on the first playoff hole to eventually bow out to Angel Cabrera. My least favourite in recent memory has to be Trevor Immelman in 2008, where he posted a 75 on the final day to win by 3. Here's my Top 10 and I would love to know what you think....
"Yes Sir!" 1986
Well today was a long day and at the facility we had a nice corporate function that was well needed with this early start to the golf season. However, while I was behind the bar and had a few moments, a gentleman asked me when I first remember playing golf. I told him I first remember going to the course when I was 6. That made me think back to a funny moment revolving around the 1986 Masters. Most of us know what happened on that Sunday in April. I distinctly remember sitting around the tv with my dad and two brothers. Not long before that my dad had just got a brand new VCR. So, after finally learning how to work the thing, he decided to tape the Masters that year. Of course he had no idea Jack Nicklaus would put together one of the greatest Sunday back nine's in the history of the sport. I can remember watching many of the shots that day and thinking how awesome it will be to watch this again. My dad was extremely excited after the Masters finished, as he had one of the finest finishes recorded... or so he thought. A few days after, we sat down and re-watched the broadcast. For the first 17 and a half holes, it was even more amazing then the real event. As Nicklaus got over his famous and magical "Yes Sir!" putt on 17 and does his little re look of the line... The screen goes blank. The look on my dad's face was priceless. What has now become one of the most memorable calls in golf, was lost because my dad didn't set enough time on the recording. I know my dad still has that recording, and I know my brothers and I will come across it again someday. I feel it's early memories as these, that have made me such a better player today.
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