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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  • Open Qualifying Series kicks off with Aussie Open

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 4:24 pm

    The 147th Open is nearly eight months away, but there are still major championship berths on the line this week in Australia.

    The Open Qualifying Series kicks off this week, a global stretch of 15 event across 10 different countries that will be responsible for filling 46 spots in next year's field at Carnoustie. The Emirates Australian Open is the first event in the series, and the top three players among the top 10 who are not otherwise exempt will punch their tickets to Scotland.

    In addition to tournament qualifying opportunities, the R&A will also conduct four final qualifying events across Great Britain and Ireland on July 3, where three spots will be available at each site.

    Here's a look at the full roster of tournaments where Open berths will be awarded:

    Emirates Australian Open (Nov. 23-26): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    Joburg Open (Dec. 7-10): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    SMBC Singapore Open (Jan. 18-21): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    Mizuno Open (May 24-27): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    HNA Open de France (June 28-July 1): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    The National (June 28-July 1): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 12 and ties

    Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (July 5-8): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    The Greenbrier Classic (July 5-8): Top four players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open (July 12-15): Top three players (not otherwise exempt) among top 10 and ties

    John Deere Classic (July 12-15): Top player (not otherwise exempt) among top five and ties

    Stock Watch: Lexi, Justin rose or fall this week?

    By Ryan LavnerNovember 21, 2017, 2:36 pm

    Each week on, we’ll examine which players’ stocks and trends are rising and falling in the world of golf.


    Jon Rahm (+9%): Just imagine how good he’ll be in the next few years, when he isn’t playing all of these courses for the first time. With no weaknesses in his game, he’s poised for an even bigger 2018.

    Austin Cook (+7%): From Monday qualifiers to Q-School to close calls on the, it hasn’t been an easy road to the big leagues. Well, he would have fooled us, because it looked awfully easy as the rookie cruised to a win in just his 14th Tour start.

    Ariya (+6%): Her physical tools are as impressive as any on the LPGA, and if she can shore up her mental game – she crumbled upon reaching world No. 1 – then she’ll become the world-beater we always believed she could be.  

    Tommy Fleetwood (+4%): He ran out of gas in Dubai, but no one played better on the European Tour this year than Fleetwood, Europe’s new No. 1, who has risen from 99th to 18th in the world.   

    Lexi (+1%): She has one million reasons to be pleased with her performance this year … but golf fans are more likely to remember the six runners-up and two careless mistakes (sloppy marking at the ANA and then a yippy 2-footer in the season finale) that cost her a truly spectacular season.


    J-Rose (-1%): Another high finish in Dubai, but his back-nine 38, after surging into the lead, was shocking. It cost him not just the tournament title, but also the season-long race.  

    Hideki (-2%): After getting blown out at the Dunlop Phoenix, he made headlines by saying there’s a “huge gap” between he and winner Brooks Koepka. Maybe something was lost in translation, but Matsuyama being too hard on himself has been a familiar storyline the second half of the year. For his sake, here’s hoping he loosens up.

    Golf-ball showdown (-3%): Recent comments by big-name stars and Mike Davis’ latest salvo about the need for a reduced-flight ball could set up a nasty battle between golf’s governing bodies and manufacturers.

    DL3 (-4%): Boy, the 53-year-old is getting a little too good at rehab – in recent years, he has overcome a neck fusion, foot injury, broken collarbone and displaced thumb. Up next is hip-replacement surgery.

    LPGA Player of the Year (-5%): Sung Hyun Park and So Yeon Ryu tied for the LPGA’s biggest prize, with 162 points. How is there not a tiebreaker in place, whether it’s scoring average or best major performance? Talk about a buzzkill.

    Titleist's Uihlein fires back at Davis over distance

    By Golf Channel DigitalNovember 21, 2017, 12:59 am

    Consider Titleist CEO Wally Uihlein unmoved by Mike Davis' comments about the evolution of the golf ball – and unhappy.

    In a letter to the Wall Street Journal, the outlet which first published Davis' comments on Sunday, Uihlein took aim at the idea that golf ball distance gains are hurting the sport by providing an additional financial burden to courses.

    "Is there any evidence to support this canard … the trickle-down cost argument?” he wrote (via “Where is the evidence to support the argument that golf course operating costs nationwide are being escalated due to advances in equipment technology?"

    Pointing the blame elsewhere, Uihlein criticized the choices and motivations of modern architects.

    "The only people that seem to be grappling with advances in technology and physical fitness are the short-sighted golf course developers and the supporting golf course architectural community who built too many golf courses where the notion of a 'championship golf course' was brought on line primarily to sell real estate," he wrote.

    The Titleist CEO even went as far as to suggest that Tiger Woods' recent comments that "we need to do something about the golf ball" were motivated by the business interersts of Woods' ball sponsor, Bridgestone.

    "Given Bridgestone’s very small worldwide market share and paltry presence in professional golf, it would seem logical they would have a commercial motive making the case for a reduced distance golf ball," he added.

    Acushnet Holdings, Titleist's parent company, announced in September that Uihlein would be stepping down as the company's CEO at the end of this year but that he will remain on the company's board of directors.

    Class of 2011: The groups before The Group

    By Mercer BaggsNovember 20, 2017, 9:00 pm

    We’ve been grouping things since the beginning, as in The Beginning, when God said this is heaven and this is earth, and you’re fish and you’re fowl.

    God probably wasn’t concerned with marketing strategies at the time and how #beastsoftheearth would look with a hashtag, but humans have evolved into such thinking (or not evolved, depending on your thinking).

    We now have all manner of items lumped into the cute, the catchy and the kitschy. Anything that will capture our attention before the next thing quickly wrests said attention away.

    Modern focus, in a group sense in the golf world, is on the Class of 2011. This isn’t an arbitrary assembly of players based on world ranking or current form. It’s not a Big Pick A Number.

    There’s an actual tie that binds as it takes a specific distinction to be part of the club. It’s a group of 20-somethings who graduated from high school in the aforementioned year, many who have a PGA Tour card, a handful of who have PGA Tour wins, and a couple of who have major titles.

    It’s a deep and talented collective, one for which our knowledge should continue to expand as resumes grow.

    Do any “classes” in golf history compare? Well, it’s not like we’ve long been lumping successful players together based on when they completed their primary education. But there are other notable groups of players, based primarily on birthdate, relative competition and accomplishment.

    Here’s a few on both the men’s and women’s side:

    BORN IN 1912

    Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
    Feb. 4, 1912 Byron Nelson 52 5
    May 27, 1912 Sam Snead 82 7
    Aug. 13, 1912 Ben Hogan 64 9

    Born six months within one another. Only a threesome, but a Hall of Fame trio that combined for 198 PGA Tour wins and 21 majors.

    BORN IN 1949

    Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
    Sept. 4, 1949 Tom Watson 39 8
    Dec. 5, 1949 Lanny Wadkins 21 1
    Dec. 9, 1949 Tom Kite 19 1

    Only 96 days separate these three Hall of Fame players. Extend the reach into March of 1950 and you'll get two-time U.S. Open winner Andy North.

    BORN IN 1955

    Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
    Jan. 30, 1955 Curtis Strange 17 2
    Jan. 30, 1955 Payne Stewart 11 3
    Feb. 10, 1955 Greg Norman 20 2

    Another trio of Hall of Fame players. Strange and Stewart were born on the same day with Norman 11 days later. Fellow PGA Tour winners born in 1955: Scott Simpson, Scott Hoch and Loren Roberts.


    Birthdate Player LPGA wins Major wins
    Feb. 22, 1956 Amy Alcott 29 5
    Oct. 14, 1956 Beth Daniel 33 1
    Oct. 27, 1956 Patty Sheehan 35 6
    Jan. 6, 1957 Nancy Lopez 48 3

    A little arbitrary here, but go with it. Four Hall of Famers on the women's side, all born within one year of each other. That's an average (!) career of 36 tour wins and nearly four majors.


    Birthdate Player Euro (PGA Tour) wins Major wins
    April 9, 1957 Seve Ballesteros 50 (9) 5
    July 18, 1957 Nick Faldo 30 (9) 6
    Aug. 27, 1957 Bernhard Langer 42 (3) 2
    Feb. 9, 1958 Sandy Lyle 18 (6) 2
    March 2, 1958 Ian Woosnam 29 (2) 1

    The best 'class' of players Europe has to offer. Five born within a year of one another. Five Hall of Fame members. Five who transformed and globalized European golf.


    Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
    Sept. 12, 1969 Angel Cabrera 3 2
    Oct. 17, 1969 Ernie Els 19 4
    May 12, 1970 Jim Furyk 17 1
    May 12, 1970 Mike Weir 8 1
    June 16, 1970 Phil Mickelson 42 5

    Not a tight-knit group, but a little more global bonding in accordance to the PGA Tour's increased international reach. Add in worldwide wins – in excess of 200 combined – and this group is even more impressive.

    BORN IN 1980

    Birthdate Player PGA Tour wins Major wins
    Jan. 9, 1980 Sergio Garcia 10 1
    July 16, 1980 Adam Scott 13 1
    July 30, 1980 Justin Rose 8 1

    Could be three future Hall of Fame members here.

    Editor's note: Golf Channel's editorial research unit contributed.