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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    Rose: T-2 finish renewed my love of The Open

    By Jay CoffinJuly 22, 2018, 9:00 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Justin Rose made the cut on the number at The Open and was out for an early Saturday morning stroll at Carnoustie when, all of a sudden, he started putting together one great shot after another.

    There was no pressure. No one had expected anything from someone so far off the lead. Yet Rose shot 30 on the final nine holes to turn in 7-under 64, the lowest round of the championship. By day’s end he was five shots behind a trio of leaders that included Jordan Spieth.

    Rose followed the 64 with a Sunday 69 to tie for second place, two shots behind winner Francesco Molinari. His 133 total over the weekend was the lowest by a shot, and for a moment he thought he had a chance to hoist the claret jug, until Molinari put on a ball-striking clinic down the stretch with birdies on 14 and 18.

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    “I just think having made the cut number, it’s a great effort to be relevant on the leaderboard on Sunday,” said Rose, who collected his third-career runner-up in a major. He’s also finished 12th or better in all three majors this year.

    In the final round, Rose was well off the pace until his second shot on the par-5 14th hole hit the pin. He had a tap-in eagle to move to 5 under. Birdie at the last moved him to 6 under and made him the clubhouse leader for a few moments.

    “It just proves to me that I can play well in this tournament, that I can win The Open,” Rose said. “When I’m in the hunt, I enjoy it. I play my best golf. I don’t back away.

    “That was a real positive for me, and it renewed the love of The Open for me.”

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    Woods does everything but win

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 22, 2018, 8:57 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – For a proud man who spent the majority of his prime scoffing at silver linings and small victories, Tiger Woods needed little cajoling to look at the bright side Sunday at Carnoustie.

    Sure, after taking the solo lead at The Open with nine holes to go, the first words out of Woods’ mouth were that he was “a little ticked off at myself” for squandering an opportunity to capture his 15th major title, and his first in more than a decade. And that immediate reaction was justified: In the stiffest winds of the week, he played his last eight holes in 2 over, missed low on a 6-footer on the final green and wound up in a tie for sixth, three shots behind his playing partner, Francesco Molinari.

    “Today was a day,” Woods said, “that I had a great opportunity.”

    But here’s where we take a deep breath.

    Tiger Woods led the freakin’ Open Championship with nine holes to play.

    Imagine typing those words three months ago. Six months ago. Nine months ago. Twelve months ago.

    The scenario was improbable.



    At this time last year, Woods was only a few months removed from a Hail Mary fusion surgery; from a humiliating DUI arrest in which he was found slumped behind the wheel of his car, with five drugs in his system; from a month-long stay in a rehab clinic to manage his sleep medications.

    Just last fall, he’d admitted that he didn’t know what the future held. Playing a major, let alone contending in one, seemed like a reasonable goal.

    This year he’s showed signs of softening, of being kinder and gentler. He appeared more eager to engage with his peers. More appreciative of battling the game’s young stars inside the ropes. More likely to express his vulnerabilities. Now 42, he finally seemed at peace with accepting his role as an elder statesman.

    One major, any major, would be the most meaningful title of his career, and he suggested this week that his best chance would come in an Open, where oldies-but-goodies Tom Watson (age 59) and Greg Norman (53) have nearly stolen the claret jug over the past decade.

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    But success at this Open, on the toughest links in the rota?

    “Just need to play some cleaner golf, and who knows?” he shrugged.

    Many analysts howled at Woods’ ultra-conservative strategy across the early rounds here at big, brawny and brutish Carnoustie. He led the field in driving accuracy but routinely left himself 200-plus yards for his approach shots, relying heavily on some vintage iron play. Even par through 36 holes, he stepped on the gas Saturday, during the most benign day for scoring, carding a 66 to get within striking distance of the leaders.

    Donning his traditional blood-red shirt Sunday, Woods needed only six holes to erase his five-shot deficit. Hearing the roars, watching WOODS rise on the yellow leaderboards, it was as though we’d been transported to the mid-2000s, to a time when he’d play solidly, not spectacularly, and watch as his lesser opponents crumbled. On the same ancient links that Ben Hogan took his lone Open title, in 1953, four years after having his legs crushed in a head-on crash with a Greyhound bus, Woods seemed on the verge of scripting his own incredible comeback.

    Because Jordan Spieth was tumbling down the board, the beginning of a birdie-less 76.

    Rory McIlroy was bogeying two of his first five holes.

    Xander Schauffele was hacking his way through fescue.

    Once Woods hit one of the shots of the championship on 10 – hoisting a 151-yard pitching wedge out of a fairway bunker, over a steep lip, over a burn, to 20 feet – the outcome seemed preordained.

    “For a while,” McIlroy conceded, “I thought Tiger was going to win.”

    So did Woods. “It didn’t feel any different to be next to the lead and knowing what I needed to do,” he said. “I’ve done it so many different ways. It didn’t feel any different.”

    But perhaps it’s no coincidence that once Woods took the lead for the first time, he frittered it away almost immediately. That’s what happened Saturday, when he shared the lead on the back nine and promptly made bogey. On Sunday, he drove into thick fescue on 11, then rocketed his second shot into the crowd, ricocheting off a fan’s shoulder, and then another’s iPhone, and settling in more hay. He was too cute with his flop shot, leaving it short of the green, and then missed an 8-footer for bogey. He followed it up on 12 with another misadventure in the rough, leading to a momentum-killing bogey. He’d never again pull closer than two shots.

    “It will be interesting to see going forward, because this was his first taste of major championship drama for quite a while,” McIlroy said. “Even though he’s won 14, you have to learn how to get back.”

    Over the daunting closing stretch, Woods watched helplessly as Molinari, as reliable as the tide coming in off the North Sea, plodded his way to victory. With Woods’ hopes for a playoff already slim, Molinari feathered a wedge to 5 feet on the closing hole. Woods marched grim-faced to the bridge, never turning around to acknowledge his playing partner’s finishing blow. He removed his black cap and raised his mallet-style putter to a roaring crowd – knowledgeable fans who were appreciative not just of Woods making his first Open start since 2015, but actually coming close to winning the damn thing.

    “Oh, it was a blast,” Woods would say afterward. “I need to try to keep it in perspective, because at the beginning of the year, if they’d have said you’re playing the Open Championship, I would have said I’d be very lucky to do that.”

    Last weekend, Woods sat in a box at Wimbledon to watch Serena Williams contend for a 24th major title. Williams is one of the few athletes on the planet with whom Woods can relate – an aging, larger-than-life superstar who is fiercely competitive and adept at overcoming adversity. Woods is 15 months removed from a fourth back surgery on an already brittle body; Williams nearly secured the most prestigious championship in tennis less than a year after suffering serious complications during childbirth.

    “She’ll probably call me and talk to me about it because you’ve got to put things in perspective,” Woods said. “I know that it’s going to sting for a little bit here, but given where I was to where I’m at now, I’m blessed.”

    But Woods didn’t need to wait for that phone call to find some solace. Waiting for him afterward were his two kids, Sam, 11, and Charlie, 9, both of whom were either too young or not yet born when Tiger last won a major in 2008, when he was at the peak of his powers.

    Choking up, Woods said, “I told them I tried, and I said, 'Hopefully you’re proud of your Pops for trying as hard as I did.' It’s pretty emotional, because they gave me some pretty significant hugs there and squeezed. I know that they know how much this championship means to me, and how much it feels good to be back playing again.

    “To me, it’s just so special to have them aware, because I’ve won a lot of golf tournaments in my career, but they don’t remember any of them. The only thing they’ve seen is my struggles and the pain I was going through. Now they just want to go play soccer with me. It’s such a great feeling.”

    His media obligations done, Woods climbed up the elevated walkway, on his way to the back entrance of the Carnoustie Golf Hotel & Spa. He was surrounded by his usual entourage, but also two new, younger additions to his clan.

    Sam adhered to the strict Sunday dress code, wearing a black tank top and red shorts. But Charlie’s attire may have been even more appropriate. On the day his dad nearly authored the greatest sports story ever, he chose a red Nike T-shirt with a bold message emblazoned on the front, in big, block letters:


    After this unbelievable performance, after Tiger Woods nearly won The Open, are there really any left?

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    Molinari hopes to inspire others as Rocca inspired him

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 8:43 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Francesco Molinari was 12 years old when Costantino Rocca came within a playoff of becoming Italy’s first major champion at the 1995 Open at St. Andrews.

    He remembers being inspired by Rocca’s play and motivated by the notion that he could one day be the player who would bring home his country’s first Grand Slam title. As he reflected on that moment late Sunday at Carnoustie it sunk in what his victory at The Open might mean.

    “To achieve something like this is on another level,” said Molinari, who closed with a final-round 69 for a two-stroke victory. “Hopefully, there were a lot of young kids watching on TV today, like I was watching Constantino in '95 coming so close. Hopefully, they will get as inspired as I was at the time, watching him vie for the claret jug.”

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    Molinari had already made plenty of headlines this year back home in Italy with victories at the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, and the Quicken Loans National earlier this month on the PGA Tour.

    A major is sure to intensify that attention. How much attention, however, may be contingent on Sunday’s finish at the German Grand Prix.

    “It depends on if Ferrari won today. If they won, they'll probably get the headlines,” Molinari laughed. “But, no, obviously, it would be massive news. It was big news. The last round already was big news in Italy.”

    Molinari won’t have any competition for the front page on Monday; Ferrari didn’t win the German Grand Prix.

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    Schauffele on close call: Nothing but a positive

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 22, 2018, 8:41 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Playing in a final group at a major for the first time, Xander Schauffele awkwardly splashed out of three pot bunkers, went out in 40 and still somehow had a chance to win at Carnoustie.

    Playing the 17th hole, tied with Francesco Molinari, Schauffele flared his approach shot into the right rough and couldn’t get up and down for par. He dropped one shot behind Molinari, and then two, after the Italian birdied the final hole.

    Just like that, Schauffele was doomed to a runner-up finish at The Open.

    “A little bit of disappointment,” he said. “Obviously when you don’t win, you’re disappointed. Hats off to Francesco. I looked up on 17 and saw he got to 8 under, which is just incredible golf and an incredible finish.”

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    Schauffele did well to give himself a chance. The 24-year-old was in the final group with Spieth, but both youngsters fell off the pace after rocky starts. The Tour’s reigning Rookie of the Year birdied the 14th but couldn’t convert a 15-footer on the treacherous 16th that would have given him a one-shot cushion.

    “It’s going to go in the memory bank as a positive,” he said. “I had a chance to win a major championship. I was in the final group. I had to face a little bit of adversity early in the round, and I still gave myself a chance. Anyone can look at it however they want to, but I’m going to look at is as a positive moving forward and try to learn how to handle the situations a little better next time.”