Big hat tip to Ryan Ballengee for fantastic editing and support over at Golf News Net for my Oral History of the 1986 Masters, my first piece of the week.
Also thanks to Jaime Diaz, Tom Watson, Tom Weiskopf, Art Spander, Kenny Knox and of course to my idol Dan Jenkins, whose book Jenkins at the Majors had his remembrances in it.
From the article:
“Golf commentator Bruce Moulton: “It was the age of Ronald Reagan, not Jack Nicklaus. It seemed the game had finally passed him by.”
Tom Weiskopf, 1973 Open champion, 16-time PGA Tour winner and CBS commentator for the 1986 Masters: “That was the beauty of it – it was so unexpected.”
Tom Watson, eight-time major champion, including the 1977 and 1981 Masters, who finished four shots back in ’86: “Nicklaus turned back the clock. He gave us one of the most iconic moments in sports – not just golf, all of sports. It’s one of those moments where everyone remembers where they were when it happened.”