The 1986 Masters

The 1986 Masters

Jack Nicklaus is widely considered to be one of the greatest golfers of all time. He has won 18 majors and over 100 professional golf tournaments. But it is his last major win with one of the most iconic bits of broadcasting coverage that sticks in the memory.

Jack Nicklaus was past it in 1986, 46 years old and well beyond his prime. Playing in the 50th Masters Tournament and starting the final day at two under par, by the 9th Hole Nicklaus had not made up any ground on the leaders.

Whilst stood over his birdie putt on the 9th green a huge cheer echoed across the course. Before Nicklaus could reset and hit his putt, another soon followed as both Tom Kite and Seve Ballesteros holed eagle chip ins. After the cheers had subsided, Nicklaus spoke to the gallery, something of a rarity, “Let's see if we can make a roar of our own”.

The putt hit the centre of the hole and up went the roar from the gallery.

“There’s life in the old bear yet!” announced the commentary team of Tom Weiskopf and Jim Nantz perfectly capturing the turnaround of Nicklaus’ tournament. The next 9 holes at Augusta were some of the most electrifying golf the game has ever seen, and some of Nicklaus’ finest. There was the long-range birdie at 11, the second shot at 15th to set up the eagle, the tee shot at the par-3 16th to 3 feet and the putt on the 17th.

The putt on the 17th, an 18-footer for birdie, combined with one of the most famous calls in golf history and you have an iconic golfing moment.

As soon as Nicklaus hit the putt, the commentator Verne Lundquist, asked “Maybe…?”.

Nicklaus knew it was good before it disappeared, raising his putter with his left hand as it fell.

"Yes, sir!" Exclaimed Lundquist.

Iconic.

It is this moment that we have captured in our Jack Nicklaus - "Yes, sir!" design.

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