Notes 1960 Masters in Color Two Drivers for Phil

By Associated PressApril 3, 2007, 4:00 pm
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Not to spoil it for those watching the Masters on Sunday, but the winner already has been determined.
Arnold Palmer.
That's partially true, thanks to modern technology and the determination of CBS Sports anchor Jim Nantz.
Nantz dug out of the Augusta National vaults the telecast of the 1960 Masters, which Palmer won with birdies on the final two holes to beat Ken Venturi. He then worked with Legend Films to restore color to the black-and-white picture, a job that required more than 10,000 man hours to colorize more than 60,000 frames.
It will be shown on CBS an hour before the final round of the 2007 Masters.
'No one had ever seen the broadcast, only the highlight film,' Nantz said earlier this year when he showed a preview of the colorized broadcast. 'I wanted people to get lost in the moment again.'
The Masters was televised in 1960 using kinescope, in which the live broadcast was recorded on film by focusing the film camera on a TV set screen. It also wasn't a long show, picking up the leaders on the 15th hole.
Nantz spearheaded research to get some of the colors right, from the pink sweater worn by a 20-year-old amateur (Jack Nicklaus), to the gray sweater and navy blue shirt worn by Palmer.
The style of broadcasting in that era is fascinating, and at one point announcer Jim McKay (with a crewcut, by the way) worries that his voice causes Palmer to back off a putt. One of the commercials was two men talking under the oak tree by the clubhouse.
Some other points of interest -- the candy-cane striped pins, and the rule at the time that the pin could be left in the cup while putting from the green, which adds drama to Palmer's long birdie putt on the 16th that rattled off the pin.
Perhaps the most peculiar scene is Palmer on the 18th. While waiting for Billy Casper to finish, Palmer sits down on the edge of the green. Then he holes the 6-foot birdie for the win and -- before leaping, throwing a visor, anything -- he retrieves the ball from the cup.
The show is called 'Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta: The 1960 Masters,' and it has been reduced from the 76-minute broadcast to 46 minutes, allowing time for conversation between Nantz and Palmer.
Palmer had never seen the broadcast until December.
There also is the live interview in the Butler Cabin with club founders Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts. Jones does the talking, and that rich drawl comes alive when he offers condolences to Ken Venturi, telling him he ran into a 'lionhearted effort' by Palmer.
'I'm so happy people are going to be able to see that,' Palmer said.
Arnold Palmer stopped playing the Masters after his record 50th appearance in 2004.
He's still competitive as ever.
Palmer's record probably won't last much longer. Gary Player is playing his 50th this year, and plans to return next year to break the record. That didn't sit well with the King.
'If he isn't embarrassed, I won't be embarrassed for him,' Palmer said.
Once the laughter subsided, Palmer continued.
'He just wants to do one better, and that's fine,' Palmer said. 'I'm for him. But he can't touch my record. He hasn't even come close to it. You don't know why, though, do you? He missed a year. So that's the end of that.'
Player had surgery in 1973 and missed five months that season, including the Masters.
Someone mentioned that Player, 71, was in pretty good shape, doing 1,000 crunches five days a week. Who knows? This is his 34th straight Masters, and the wee South African could go another 16 years. After all, Player said he wants to live to be 100.
'If you can't win, it doesn't matter,' Palmer said.
No, the gloves weren't ready to come off. Once the laughter died, he added, 'Hey, he's my friend and I love him. I can also have fun with him, too.'
Phil Mickelson will be using two drivers again at the Masters.
He broke from conventional wisdom last year, going with one driver that allowed him to fade the ball better, another for a draw and extra distance. The joke was his caddie, Jim Mackay, had to mark the covers of each driver to know which was which. That won't be the case this year, because one of them will be the square-faced Callaway driver.
'When I need distance, I use the square one,' Mickelson said. 'And when I try to hit little low shows or work it around the trees on 10 or 13, I'll use the regular-shaped driver.'
Mickelson doesn't agree with the longheld belief that right-to-left works better at the Masters, saying there are certain holes where the left-to-right is the way to go.
'Augusta National tests all your abilities for ball-striking, your ability to hit the ball high, as well as hit the ball low; the ability to hit fades, draws, high, left-to-right, right to left,' he said. 'I don't feel as though you can get around this golf course just hitting one shot.'
He also will have a 64-degree wedge, replacing a conventional sand wedge. The extra driver will replace his 3-wood, a club Mickelson says he doesn't use at Augusta National. The only time he might need it is on the par-5 eighth, and he prefers driver off the deck.
Ernie Els felt a kick in the stomach when Phil Mickelson made birdie on the final hole in 2004 for a one-shot victory in the Masters. It was the second time Els has been runner-up at Augusta National, a trend he hopes to reverse.
Asked if it would be a major gap in his resume to end his career without a green jacket, he replied, 'Absolutely, totally.'
'I've had 13 chances at it. I haven't done it quite yet, and I'd love to do it,' he said. 'And if I don't do it ... yeah, definitely would be a bit of a downer.'
But his hopes were buoyed not only by his play, but comments from Gary Player, his idol and practice partner on Tuesday.
'I hit it good this morning, and he just walked up 17 today and was like, 'You know, this is the best I've ever seen you play. This should be your best chance ever.' So, nice words from him,' Els said.
Not everything about Masters week is enjoyable.
Padraig Harrington had to spend part of his Monday at a local dentist's office after chipping one of his teeth. The dentist removed one of the Irishman's fillings, cleaned it and put it back in.
The whole trip took about 90 minutes, Harrington said.
'You know, we do have to go to the dentist,' he said. 'We're not that good. We may be able to hit a little white golf ball, but it does not preclude us from going to see our dentist and things like that.'
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    Tiger's checklist: How he can contend at Augusta

    By Ryan LavnerFebruary 21, 2018, 8:31 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Augusta is already on the minds of most players here at the Honda Classic, and that includes the only one in the field with four green jackets.

    Yes, Tiger Woods has been talking about the Masters ever since he started this latest comeback at Torrey Pines. These three months are all about trying to build momentum for the year’s first major.

    Woods hasn’t revealed his schedule past this week, but his options are limited. He’s a good bet to play at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, where he has won eight times, but adding another start would be a departure from the norm. He’s not eligible for the two World Golf Championship events, in Mexico and Austin, and he has never played the Valspar Championship or the Houston Open.

    So there’s a greater sense of urgency this week at PGA National, which is realistically one of his final tune-ups.

    How will Woods know if he’s ready to contend at Augusta? Here’s his pre-Masters checklist:

    1. Stay healthy

    So far, so good, as Woods tries to resume a normal playing schedule following four back surgeries since 2014. Though he vowed to learn from his past mistakes and not push himself, it was a promising sign that Woods felt strong enough to sign up for the Honda, the second of back-to-back starts on separate coasts.

    Another reason for optimism on the health front: The soreness that Woods felt after his season opener at Torrey Pines wasn’t related to his surgically repaired back. No, what ached most were his feet – he wasn’t used to walking 72 holes on hilly terrain.

    Woods is stiffer than normal, but that’s to be expected. His back is fused.

    2. Figure out his driver

    Augusta National is more forgiving off the tee than most major courses, putting more of a premium on approach shots and recoveries.

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    That’s good news for Woods, who has yet to find a reliable tee shot. Clearly, he is most comfortable playing a fade and wants to take the left side of the course out of play, but in competition he’s been plagued by a two-way miss.

    In two starts this year, Woods has hit only 36 percent of the fairways, no matter if he was using driver, fairway wood or long iron.

    Unfortunately, Woods is unlikely to gain any significant insight into his driver play this week. PGA National’s Champion Course isn’t overly long, but there is water on 15 of the 18 holes. As a result, he said he likely will hit driver only four times a round, maybe five, and otherwise rely on his 3-wood and 2-iron. 

    Said Rory McIlroy: “Being conservative off the tee is something that you have to do here to play well.”

    That won’t be the case at Augusta.

    3. Clean up his iron play

    As wayward as Woods has been off the tee, his iron play hasn’t impressed, either.

    At Riviera, he hit only 16 greens in regulation – his fewest in a Tour event as a professional. Of course, Woods’ chances of hitting the green are reduced when he’s playing from the thick rough, sand and trees, but he also misfired on six of the eight par 3s.

    Even when Woods does find the green, he’s not close enough to the hole. Had he played enough rounds to qualify, his proximity to the hole (39 feet, 7 inches) would rank 161st on Tour.

    That won’t be good enough at Augusta, where distance control and precision are paramount.

    Perhaps that’s why Justin Thomas said last week what many of us were thinking: “I would say he’s a pretty good ways away.”

    4. Get into contention somewhere

    As much as he would have liked to pick off a win on the West Coast, Woods said that it’s not a prerequisite to have a chance at the Masters. He cited 2010, when he tied for fourth despite taking four months off after the fallout from his scandal.

    In reality, though, there hasn’t been an out-of-nowhere Masters champion since Charl Schwartzel in 2011. Since then, every player who eventually donned the green jacket either already had a win that year or at least a top-3 finish worldwide.

    “I would like to play well,” Woods said. “I would like to win golf tournaments leading into it. The years I’ve won there, I’ve played really well early.”

    Indeed, he had at least one win in all of the years he went on to win the Masters (1997, 2000, ’01, ’05). Throw in the fact that Woods is nearly five years removed from his last Tour title, and it’s reasonable to believe that he at least needs to get himself into contention before he can seriously entertain winning another major.

    And so that’s why he’s here at the Honda, trying to find his game with seven weeks to go. 

    “It’s tournament reps,” he said, “and I need tournament reps.”

    Add that to the rest of his pre-Masters checklist.

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    Players winner to get 3-year exemption into PGA

    By Rex HoggardFebruary 21, 2018, 8:01 pm

    Although The Players isn’t golf’s fifth major, it received a boost in that direction this week.

    The PGA of America has adjusted its criteria for eligibility into the PGA Championship, extending an exemption for the winner of The Players to three years.

    According to an official with the PGA of America, the association felt the winner of The Players deserved more than a single-year exemption, which had been the case, and the move is consistent with how the PGA Tour’s annual flagship event is treated by the other majors.

    Winners of The Players were already exempt for three years into the Masters, U.S. Open and The Open Championship.

    The change will begin with this year’s PGA Championship.

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    Thomas: Playing in front of Tiger even more chaotic

    By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:52 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Justin Thomas may be going from the frying pan to the fire of Tiger Woods’ pairings.

    Translation: He’s going from being grouped with Woods last week in the first two rounds at the Genesis Open to being grouped directly in front of Woods this week at the Honda Classic.

    “Which might be even worse than playing with him,” Thomas said Wednesday.

    Typically, the pairing in front of Woods deals with a lot of gallery movement, with fans racing ahead to get in position to see Woods’ next shot.

    Thomas was quoted after two rounds with Tiger at Riviera saying fans “got a little out of hand,” and saying it’s disappointing some golf fans today think it’s “so amusing to yell and all that stuff while we’re trying to hit shots.”

    With 200,000 fans expected this week at the Honda Classic, and with the Goslings Bear Trap pavilion setting a party mood at the 16th green and 17th tee, that portion of the course figures to be quite lively at PGA National.

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    Thomas was asked about that.

    “I touched on this a little bit last week,” Thomas said. “I think it got blown out of proportion, was just taken out of context, and worded differently than how I said it or meant it.

    “I love the fans. The fans are what I hope to have a lot of, what all of us hope to have a lot of. We want them cheering us on. But it's those certain fans that are choosing to yell at the wrong times, or just saying stuff that's completely inappropriate.”

    Thomas said it’s more than ill-timed shouts. It’s the nature of some things being said.

    “It's one thing if it's just you and I talking, but when you're around kids, when you're around women, when you're around families, or just around people in general, some of the stuff they are saying to us is just extremely inappropriate,” he said. “There’s really no place for it anywhere, especially on a golf course.

    “I feel like golf is pretty well known as a classy sport, not that other sports aren't, but it has that reputation.”

    Thomas said the nature of the 17th hole at PGA National’s Champion Course makes it a more difficult tee shot than the raucous 16th at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Typically, players like to hear fans get into the action before or after they hit shots. Ill-timed bluster, however, makes a shot like the one at Honda’s 17th even tougher.

    “That hole is hard enough,” Thomas said. “I don't need someone yelling in my ear on my backswing that I'm going to hit it in the water, to make it any harder. I hope it gets better, just for the sake of the game. That's not helping anything. That's not helping grow the game.”

    Those who follow golf know an ill-timed shout in a player’s backswing is different than anything a fan says at a football, basketball or baseball game. An ill-timed comment in a backswing has a greater effect on the outcome of a competition.

    “Just in terms of how much money we're playing for, how many points we're playing for ... this is our jobs out here, and you hate to somehow see something that a fan does, or something that they yell, influence something that affects [a player’s] job,” Thomas said.

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    Rory: Phil said RC task force just copied Europe

    By Randall MellFebruary 21, 2018, 7:21 pm

    PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – Playing the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am two weeks ago, Rory McIlroy quizzed Phil Mickelson about what the Americans got out of the U.S. Ryder Cup task force’s overhaul.

    McIlroy and Mickelson were paired together at Pebble Beach.

    “Basically, all they are doing is copying what the Europeans have done,” McIlroy said.  “That's what he said.”

    The Europeans claimed their sixth of seven Ryder Cups with their victory at Gleneagles in 2014. That brought about a sea change in the way the United States approached the Ryder Cup. Mickelson called out the tactics in Gleneagles of captain Tom Watson, who was outmaneuvered by European captain Paul McGinley.

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    The Americans defeated Europe at Hazeltine two years ago with that new European model.

    “He said the first thing they did in that task force was Phil played a video, a 12-minute video of Paul McGinley to all of them,” McIlroy said. “So, they are copying what we do, and it's working for them. It's more cohesive, and the team and the core of that team are more in control of what they are doing, instead of the PGA of America recruiting and someone telling them what to do.”