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Golf – 1986 – Masters Championship – Augusta National – Final Round – Part 2 – Hosts Nance & Musburger


The 1986 Masters Tournament was the 50th Masters Tournament held April 10–13 at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia….as Jack Nicklaus won his record 18th professional major with a historic one-stroke victory….by shooting a final round of 65 (−7)….with a back nine of 30 (−6), for a total score of 279 (−9).  At age 46, he became the oldest winner of the Masters and the second-oldest winner of any major championship behind Julius Boros….who was 48 when he captured the PGA Championship in 1968. The win also gave Nicklaus a record six Masters victories….with the first in 1963, less than ten months after his first major win at the 1962 U.S. Open.  The 23-year span of Masters victories and 24-year span of major victories are also records. The runners-up were Tom Kite and Greg Norman….whose near-misses at the Masters are also noteworthy. The winner’s share was $144,000, up from $20,000 at Nicklaus’ first win at Augusta in 1963.

In one of the most memorable and exciting final rounds in Masters history….five different players held at least a share of the lead in the final round….when Seve Ballesteros gained a share of the lead on the front 9 helped by a hole-out eagle at 8. Jack Nicklaus played his first eight holes in even par….but stormed into contention with birdies at 9, 10 and 11. However, Nicklaus bogeyed the 12th to fall three behind the leaders. Greg Norman, tied for the lead at −7 as he made the turn….then double-bogeyed the 10th hole to give Ballesteros the outright lead by one shot over Tom Kite….then Ballesteros hit his second shot at 13 to within six feet…. and after Kite lagged up his own eagle putt on 13….Ballesteros holed his putt for his second eagle of the day and a three shot lead over Kite…..as Kite then holed his birdie putt to cut the lead back to two.

After a par at 14, Nicklaus began his legendary charge at 15….when he hit his 204-yard (187 m) approach to 12 feet (3.7 m)….and then he buried the putt for eagle to pull within two shots of Ballesteros….that is when Nicklaus hit his tee shot on 16 to within 3 feet and after holing his birdie putt was within one shot of Ballesteros….who was playing the 15th hole…..where Ballesteros was in prime position to go for the green in two….but pull hooked his approach into the water….and after failing to get up and down, he bogeyed the hole, giving Nicklaus a share of the lead. Kite made birdie at 15 to enter into a three-way tie with Ballesteros and Nicklaus. After a wayward drive at the 17th….Nicklaus hit his approach to 18 feet (5.5 m)….and after long deliberation, he holed his putt on 17 for sole possession of the lead for the first time in the tournament. He two-putted for par on 18 to post −9 and a one shot lead…..then as Ballesteros three-putted the 17th to fall out of contention….while Kite had 12 feet for birdie on 18 to tie Nicklaus….as he barely missed his putt on the high side to miss a playoff by one shot.

Norman had been left for dead after his double-bogey on 10….but birdied 14, 15 and 16 to pull within one shot of the lead. After hooking his drive way left on 17….Norman made an incredible shot between two pines to within eight feet and Norman buried the birdie putt to tie for the lead. Norman then hit a perfect drive on 18, needing birdie for his first major championship….however, Norman pushed his approach shot into the gallery and subsequently missed his 15-foot (4.6 m) par putt to finish one stroke behind. Nicklaus had stormed back, shooting 30 on the back nine, to win his sixth Masters title and became the oldest Masters champion at age 46.

For any golf fan anywhere, this final round of the 1986 Masters Tournament is simply MUST SEE TV!!!

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