1986 Masters: Tiger thought Nicklaus had a ‘pretty cool’ pose

Jack Nicklaus watches his putt drop for birdie on the 17th hole at The Masters in Augusta, Ga., April 13, 1986. The shot gave him the lead and he would go on to win his sixth Masters title.

Jack Nicklaus watches his putt drop for birdie on the 17th hole at The Masters in Augusta, Ga., April 13, 1986. The shot gave him the lead and he would go on to win his sixth Masters title.

Tiger Woods, the man chasing Jack Nicklaus’ record for career majors, was 10 years old and in fifth grade (and still three years away from getting his first recruiting letter from Stanford) when Nicklaus captured his sixth Masters and 18th professional major.

Woods said he doesn’t remember much about that Sunday in 1986, but he does remember one particular birdie Nicklaus made.

“I just remember the putt on 17, that was it,” Woods said. “I was . . . 9 or 10, whatever it was, and I just remember him hitting that putt on 17 and his arm going up, and I thought that looked pretty cool.”

Woods was asked if he immediately put the putter raised toward the sky into his own childhood repertoire.

“I just thought it looked kind of cool,” he said, laughing. “I had never seen anyone do that, because obviously I was only 9 or 10 at the time.”

By the time Jack got his green jacket, Woods was probably off skateboarding somewhere.

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