Tiger Woods received his first main match in 11 years Sunday on the Masters, and longtime broadcaster Jim Nantz was on the decision for CBS. “The return to glory,” Nantz intoned as Woods’s championship-sealing putt settled into the 18th gap. Following the putt, Nantz let the pictures of the aftermath converse for the second; he remained silent on air for practically three minutes as viewers watched Woods have fun together with his household — together with his younger youngsters and his mom.
Nantz isn’t any stranger to having a front-row seat for iconic moments that includes the world’s most well-known golfer. He was within the broadcast sales space for Woods’s first main title on the 1997 Masters, and he punctuated that victory with a legendary line, “A win for the ages.” The Put up caught up with Nantz to talk in regards to the two occasions and whether or not Woods’s win Sunday is probably the most memorable occasion he’s ever lined (spoiler: it’s).
The transcript has been edited for size and readability.
The Put up: Okay, Jim, first issues first. Was “the return to glory” line off the cuff or had been you planning it down the again 9 and even earlier than that?
Nantz: It got here to me proper on the very finish. I didn’t have something locked up in my head as a result of it might have gone so many alternative methods on Sunday. It was completely different in 1997 when Tiger received. I known as it “a win for the ages.” That win was a lot greater; it had a social significance that transcended the game. In 1997, he had a nine-shot lead going into Sunday so on Saturday night time . . . I assumed via what that final scene was going to seem like and what I’d say during the last putt. That night time I bear in mind sitting in my lodge room and feeling the load of nice broadcasters who had come earlier than me — Dick Enberg, Jim McKay — so many giants golf broadcasters peering over my shoulder asking, “How are you going to deal with this?” I felt rigidity, anxiousness over what I used to be going to say.
This one, Tiger was two pictures again going into Sunday, and he was nonetheless a pair again on the 12th gap. . . . I didn’t know when it left my lips, however I believe it’s been fairly good primarily based on the a whole bunch of texts I’ve gotten that thought “glory” captured the spirituality of the second. That captured the glory that’s in his life, the truth that he’s a remade man — at the very least from what we will inform. A part of the explanation I went with the phrase glory is as a result of when he was on the 18th, [my director] Steve Milton discovered his household behind the inexperienced. Once I noticed the shot of his mother and son and daughter — assuming he might end the take care of a 5 to win — I knew it was going to be an unbelievable scene that was going to be one thing much like ’97. I assumed the phrase glory captured this accomplishment and comeback that was actually was unimaginable.
The Put up: After Woods’s profitable putt, there was 2:43 of silence on the air and also you didn’t say something as Woods hugged his children. Was that a acutely aware option to let the second converse for itself?
Nantz: That was a simple one. . . . I used to be feeling it. I don’t imply to sound like a wacko who’s spinning off in some loopy hippie orbit, however I used to be feeling the second. I name golf with my head and my coronary heart, and there was no method I used to be going to say something over that. The chanting was within the background and the scene was wealthy. I knew instinctively I wished to sit down again and revel in it. All I might do was break it.
The Put up: Are there different occasions you’ve taken that strategy — silence — with a broadcast?
Nantz: When Arnold Palmer performed his final gap ever on the Masters in 2004 we had been on stay on CBS. And we made the choice we had been going to observe him all the way in which up the 18th. He was such a beloved demigod or icon or no matter you wish to name it. . . . He obtained on the 18th tee and I mentioned we’re going to sit down again and we’re going to look at this final gap of his Masters’ profession and we’re going to allow you to stroll with him. And I didn’t say something for the following 20 minutes. Not second shot, not third shot, by no means mentioned a factor. It didn’t take a regular three or 4 minutes as a result of he was stopping and singing autographs, hugging individuals. Didn’t say a phrase for 20 minutes. That felt like the proper factor.
The Put up: The place does Sunday rank by way of most memorable occasions you’ve known as?
Nantz: Once I walked out of there Sunday night time I mentioned it could be the best occasion I’ve ever lined. . . . Possibly there’s a little bit little bit of you’re caught up in it and also you haven’t digested. The one I examine it to can be 1986 once I did my first Masters and Jack Nicklaus’s historic [sixth Masters title]. I assumed I’d by no means stay to see one other day like that. However I believe we simply did. I believe I might go a lifetime and never beat it.
The distinction is Sunday had the scene on the 18th. Nicklaus was 4 teams from the tip. He nonetheless needed to look ahead to [Tom] Kite and [Greg] Norman to come back via. . . . We didn’t get to have Jack have a celebration scene. Inform me while you’ve seen a greater celebration scene than this one Sunday? The chanting and the second together with his household, I’d should rank that primary.
I’ve finished 34 Ultimate Fours, had Tremendous Bowls, Peyton [Manning’s] farewell. It’s been 48 hours because it ended, and I’d say it’s going to really feel about the identical 10 years from now. It’s greatest occasion I’ve ever lined. And I really feel very lucky to have been in that spot. It impressed thousands and thousands, watching individuals see what he did. And the visuals that got here with it — it was a showpiece for the world that I believe is relatable to individuals and reveals the ability of the human spirit. I’m veering off message now however he might contact nearly each individual that noticed that. It’s religious and I’m into that.
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