1986 Masters: Tiger thought Nicklaus had a ‘pretty cool’ pose
Jack Nicklaus at the Masters
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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.