A Potpourri of the Pros’ Fave Masters Moments
By Stephanie Wei under The Masters

Clearly, here at WUP, we have a gigantic Masters hangover. Apologies for the lack of posts over the past few days, but we needed to catch up on much-needed shuteye. With the rush of last week at Augusta (and feeling a little overwhelmed since it was my first trip), I didn’t have the chance to post some of the material I collected in the previous weeks. Since the 2011 Masters will surely go down in the history books as one of the most memorable, let’s turn to the pros and hear which was the most unforgettable for them. *************

*”It’s gotta be Jack (Nicklaus) winning in ’86. I was 6. I remember his pure 6-iron into 16 to like three-feet. I also remember Larry Mize chipping in on Greg Norman in ’87.” — Steve Marino

*”When Tiger made that chip on 17 (in 2005), that’s gotta be the coolest thing ever. Then he winds up winning the golf tournament. It just showed moxy at it’s purest and rawest form.” –Jeff Overton

*”Growing up, it would be the Faldo-Norman in ’96. I was 16. That’s probably the one I really remember standing out and watching it. I looked up at Faldo at the time and he was the guy I wanted to emulate, so to see him come from six back and win by five, that was a pretty incredible day.” –Justin Rose

*”In ’98 I played with Nicklaus. It was one of his last hurrahs. You just go ‘Oh My God.’ These guys are partners in crime, Augusta and Jack Nicklaus. I was just absolutely honored playing with a guy seeped in history. Then I was playing again with him a few years later where he could have had a top-ten finish and the crowd was lifted and excited by what he was doing. Obviously the crowd was 40, 50+ in age and had been there in ’86. Everyone thinking, ‘What if, what if?'” –Stuart Appleby on the most memorable Masters he’s played in

*”I remember watching a tape replay of the 1996 Masters when Faldo won it. It was very special.” –Matteo Manassero

*”Nicklaus’ back nine in ’86. The magic that was there even then. I was 12. My dad was a club pro. All I ever watched was golf. It inspired me to want to be there someday. The putt he made on 17 — the iconic putt. That pretty much gave him the win. That was it. That was the moment.” –Heath Slocum

*”I think it was ’88 when I had just started playing golf. Sandy Lyle won in ’88 when he hit that bunker shot on 18 out of the fairway bunker. I can’t remember who he was going against, but he hit a shot from the fairway bunker and won by 1 or 2.” –Henrik Stenson

*”I loved watching ’92. Freddie Couples was one of my heroes growing up and just watching him win and obviously his ball stand-up on No. 12 — that was a good one.” –Johnson Wagner

*”1997 Masters was my favorite and the most memorable. I could tell you every shot Tiger hit that week! His 1st tee shot was waaayyy left. I used to watch the video of it all the time. He hit wedge into No. 15 on Saturday and made eagle.” –Rory McIlroy


Merf touched on this topic last week. I mentioned in my dossier on McIlroy that the first Masters I remember watching live was the Faldo-Norman showdown (namely Norman choking). But my favorite has to be ’92 when Fred Couples’ ball stayed up on No. 12 — the golfing gods had Freddie’s back that day as he went on to win.

What’s yours?