Monday, April 2, 2012

CBS special on 1987 Masters golf tournament

The latest edition of Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta will focus on the 1987 Masters tournament. CBS will air this one-hour special on Sunday 4/8 at 1 pm. This episode will feature original CBS footage from this telecast and commentary from Larry Mize on the 25th anniversary of his playoff victory. The CBS broadcasters who covered the 1987 Masters included Pat Summerall, Ken VenturiJim Nantz, Verne Lundquist, Gary McCord, Ben Wright, Steve Melnyk, and Bob Murphy.

During the 2006 inaugural Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta special on the 1986 Masters, CBS did not include any audio clips of (or any mention of) McCord and I assume this was intentional. McCord has not been part of the Masters TV crew since the infamous 1994 "bikini wax"/"body bags" comments. I will be interested to see how CBS treats (or ignores) the involvement of McCord in the 1987 telecast.

The Jim Nantz Remembers Augusta series has become an annual tradition since 2006 leading into the final round coverage of the Masters. For completeness, here is a list of the previous episodes, all of which contained original CBS footage which had never before been rebroadcast:
  • 1986 Masters (aired in 2006)
  • 1960 Masters (aired in 2007)
  • 1978 Masters (aired in 2008)
  • Seve at the Masters (aired in 2009)
  • 1977 Masters (aired in 2010)
  • 1975 Masters (aired in 2011)

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