5 of the best announcer calls in golf history

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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, December 17, 2018 | 11:34 a.m.

The greatest moments in sport often start with a dramatic, high-pressure situation. They're then etched into history with a poetic call from some of the most legendary commentators to sit behind the mic.

We can often recite the call better than we can describe the moment itself.

While there are many calls in the history of golf that we remember for one reason or another, here are five of the top ones that we think stand out above the rest:

5. "Is it his time? Yes! At long last..." -- Jim Nantz on Phil Mickelson holing a 15-foot birdie on the final hole to win the 2004 Masters -- his first major -- by one shot over Ernie Els. Previously, Mickelson went 0-42 in majors as a professional. You can hear the Nantz call at the 3:43 mark of the video below:

 

4. "A win for the ages" -- Jim Nantz on Tiger Woods, 21 at the time, destroying the field en route to his first major victory at the 1997 Masters. Hear the call at the 1:43 mark below:

 

3. "It's better than most..." -- Gary Koch on Tiger Woods hitting a 60-foot putt from the back of the 17th green at TPC Sawgrass in 2001. Thanks to Koch's amazing call, that putt is forever known as the "Better than most putt." That was the first of Tiger's two Players Championship victories.

 

2. "In your life!" -- Verne Lundquist at Augusta National's par-3 16th hole when Tiger Woods hit what may just be the best chip in golf history on his way to winning the 2005 Masters.

 

 

1. "Maybe... Yes, sir!" -- Verne Lundquist at the 1986 Masters when a then 46-year-old Jack Nicklaus holed a birdie putt at the 17th green -- famously raising his putter as the ball dropped in -- for sole possession of the lead and one hole later became the oldest champion in tournament history.

 

 

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T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for PGA.com and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.