Golfweek reflects on the 1986 Masters
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Even 25 years later, Jack Nicklaus' improbable win at the 1986 Masters resonates as one of golf's greatest moments. On the anniversary of the victory, Golfweek writers reflect on some of the day's shining moments.
• In case you forgot the shots of the back nine on that incredible Sunday, take a look at the video recap below.
• Babineau: Twenty-five years later, Nicklaus' win still magical: Twenty five years have passed, and still, Jack Nicklaus’ epic charge that rumbled through the tallest pines at Augusta National and turned the 1986 Masters – and the golf universe – upside-down echo through the Georgia air.
• Achenbach: I was there to watch Jack: On an April Sunday 20 years ago at Augusta, Jack Nicklaus created memories for a lifetime.
• Barbara, Jack had special connection: Throughout the magical final round, Jack would steal peeks at his wife, Barbara – ultimately his biggest supporter.
• Chirkinian caught up listening to ‘valley’ sounds: Frank Chirkinian was working as executive producer and director of the Masters for CBS Sports in 1986, and his most vivid memories are the sounds he heard that Sunday afternoon.
• Toughest shot on back nine? All of them: After the fact, Jack Nicklaus explained just how tough the back nine was that Sunday.
• Love III: All about Nicklaus' caddie: Davis Love III was glued to the TV for a different reason, watching former college teammate Jackie Nicklaus tend to his father's bag.
• Babineau: Tiger thought Nicklaus had 'pretty cool' pose: Before there was the Tiger fist pump, there was Jack's iconic pose at the '86 Masters.
• Lyle's hair-raising experience: Sandy Lyle had never played with Jack Nicklaus before the final round of the 1986 Masters. And they’ve never been paired together since.
• Rude: Norman just wants a mulligan: Even after a long, storied career, Greg Norman wishes he could have one shot back from that day in 1986.
• Tait: Lyle's caddie had a ringside seat: Even after being on the bag for two major winners, Dave Musgrove had never seen anything like Nicklaus' 1986 performance.
• 'He's got no chance if he putts like that': Tom Meeks of the USGA remembers reading too much into one missed putt.
• Miceli: Koch knew to hurry up and hit: Gary Koch and Bob Tway found themselves hurrying on the final four holes just to stay out of Jack's way.
• Kite was only a birdie away: Tom Kite needed to birdie one of the last two holes to tie Jack Nicklaus. Both he and those last two birdie putts came painfully close.
• Babineau: 'Nobody that old wins the Masters': Tom McCollister, longtime golf writer at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, wrote off Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters. Oops.
• Jackie Nicklaus was cool and calm – until the 15th: Making victory extra sweet for Jack Nicklaus was the fact he was able to share it with his oldest son, Jackie, who was on the bag. Jackie held his emotions together until his dad made eagle at the 15th.
• Martin: Randolph remembers electricity in the air: Despite earning low amateur honors for the second straight year, Sam Randolph knew the trophy ceremony on Augusta National’s 18th green belonged to Jack.
• Ernie Els' late-night treat: As a teen growing up in South Africa, Ernie Els had strict rules for bedtime: It was lights out by 10 p.m., with few exceptions.
• Photos: Nicklaus at Augusta: Take a look at a collection of images of Jack Nicklaus at the Masters.