FSGO #15: Top Three Masters Moments

By on April 15, 2015

Please check out the podcast below.  I go over my favorite Masters memories.

My Top Three:

  1. 1986 – Jack Nicklaus Wins his 6th Masters at age 46
  2. 1987 – I was there when Larry Mize chipped in to beat Larry Mize
  3. 1997 – Tiger wins his first Masters as a pro and breaks the record by shooting 18 Under


Please type your Top Three in the comment section below. Thanks.


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  1. Paul Flowers

    April 15, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Bubba Watson congratulating Mr. & Mrs. Spieth as Jordan approached the 18th green on Sunday. Watson is a class act!

  2. Rick Connet

    April 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    1. Jordan Speith’s 2nd shot on 13 on Sunday.
    2. Ben Crenshaw playing his last Masters, and reading/hearing about his relationships with Carl Jackson, as well as Harvey Penick..
    3. Jack getting a hole in one at the Masters!

  3. Janet

    April 15, 2015 at 11:35 am

    Only one “top moment” for me–watching Jack Nicklaus win in 1986–we were sitting in a hotel bar in Albuquerque NM trying to catch the final round before catching our flight back to Calif. It was the perfect ending to a brief vacation in Santa Fe.

    • Charlie King

      April 25, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      I was on the phone with my best friend from hole 12 through 18 in ’86. It is a special memory.

  4. William Lacy

    April 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Favorite Masters moment… Wed practice round, watching the players skip balls across the pond at #16 (at the strong encouragement of the patrons).

  5. Rich Hohler

    April 15, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Jack making put on 16 to win in 1986.

    Larry maize chip in during playoff in 1987

    Freddie Couples ball holding on the hill on #12 and going on to Win in 1992

    Also, my visit in 1999. I wish I could get back.

  6. Peter Kashatus

    April 15, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    1. My first visit to Augusta in 2005 for the Tuesday practice round when I saw this beautiful course for the first time and see some of my favorite golfers up close.
    2. My second visit to Augusta in 2007 again for a Tuesday practice round when I was able to appreciate this course even more as I noticed more of its subtleties.
    3. Watching Phil Mickelson’s first Masters win on TV and how much it meant to him.

    • Charlie King

      April 25, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      I’m glad you got to go. It’s hard to understand the elevation changes and how great the event is until you’ve been there.

  7. JJ Cardosi

    April 15, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    Top 3 Masters Moments

    1. Watching Arnie slice a drive on 17 during a practice round and allowing his ball to bounce off my foot into the fairway. My touch with greatness.
    2. Watching Tiger miss the green where I was standing during the Par 3 contest his first year and being unimpressed with his shotmaking…..until he casually walked up and chipped it in.
    3. Faldo’s win over Norman was the most agonizing on one hand yet brilliant on the other depending who you were rooting for. Extremely entertaining.

    • Charlie King

      April 25, 2015 at 8:16 pm

      Great stuff! Norman’s collapse was agonizing for me.

  8. Cary Walker

    April 15, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    1986 Nicklaus’s last Masters victory!! I cried sitting on my couch when he won!!
    1964(?) I was there on the Thursday round when Nicklaus went low early 65 0r maybe 66 or 67 in the opening round and romped to victory. May have been his first? Not sure.
    2015 Speith’s first of probably many. Great victory for a great guy and well deserved!!

  9. Tom Ayers

    April 16, 2015 at 2:38 am

    Hi, Charlie.
    My two favorite Masters memories are not so much individuals as the course itself. From age 10 I began my love of golf with seeing the Masters for the first time on TV with a friend whose father was a scratch golfer. I grew up in Atlanta and had no clue as to where the Masters was played. From that beginning I followed this tournament every year since never thinking I’d ever see it in person. The spring of 1971 I returned from a year in Vietnam as an Infantry Platoon Leader and was stationed in Columbia, SC at Ft. Jackson. There was a lottery for Masters tickets given by the Masters for servicemen and women and I was lucky enough to win the Sunday badge! The only requirement was that you had to wear your summer uniform. I would have gone naked for that badge! Anyway, I go and was awed by the immaculate condition of the course and the tremendous sounds of the “patrons” from every valley, nook, and cranny when great shots were made. Things that the TV crews cannot capture on their broadcasts! I followed a young man (about my age) that day, I was impressed by his length and poise. I watched as his drive on 15 sailed over my head and seemingly out of sight down that fairway. I had not heard of him before (remember I had spent one year in Vietnam plus 11 months prior in training so I was out of following golf for about 2 years). His name is Johnny Miller. Following him to the 18th tee box and down the fairway was my “Masters Moment”! By the 18th Johnny had played himself out of the winner’s circle but into the imagination of many patrons for a young lion to win this tourney. I became a fan of Johnny Miller that day but the course captured my heart. Never before or since has anything made such an impression on me as Augusta National. I never again had tickets or badges for the Masters until 1991. As fate would have it, I returned from 9 months in Saudi Arabia from Desert Shield/ Desert Storm to Ft. Gordon, Ga. the week prior to the start of Masters Week! We were invited for practice rounds that week and I did not turn them down. I saw all three days of practice rounds plus the Par 3 tournament! My greatest memory for that year was on the 9th hole of the Par 3. Sam Snead was still swinging but not as the Sam Snead of the past but I did see him skip one across the pond in front of the green, just past the hole, and then funnel down the slope and into the hole for a one! And those, my friend, are my Masters Memories! Keep up your great work and I look forward to the day you become #1 Teacher and I can say that I had lessons from Golf’s #1 !

    • Charlie King

      April 25, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      Tom, your story just proves how much the Masters means to us for different reasons. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your service to our country!

  10. Bill Dudley

    April 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Hi Charlie.
    My three favorite memories are all from the 2011 Masters: where I parked my car, at which hole I left my Masters chair, and….and, where I parked my car.

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