"Vijay means victory!"
Not a bad exclamation point to Vijay Singh winning his first major at the 1998 PGA Championship at Sahalee Country Club outside Seattle. And "Vijay" really does mean victory in Hindi.
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"The Bear has come out of hibernation." Jack Nicklaus makes birdie after almost acing the 16th hole on Sunday at the 1986 Masters.
Nantz's best call comes during the most legendary Masters Sunday when Nicklaus made an improbable back-nine charge to win at age 46. "I must confess that I was so nervous my teeth were chattering involuntarily. I was worried that the noise emanating from my clicking molars would be picked up by my open microphone," Nantz told CBS.
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"It's a perfect fit! ... Fred Couples ... Masters champion."
Nantz and Couples were close friends and teammates at the University of Houston and, amazingly, they had practiced a Butler Cabin interview when in college together. "I cannot imagine ever witnessing a moment that will touch me more deeply than this perfect fulfillment of a glorious dream that was shared by intimate friends for so many years," Nantz told CBS.
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"A win for the family." Phil Mickelson wins the 2010 Masters.
One of the benefits of a long, successful career like Nantz's is that you can make self-references work. Nantz echoed his "a win for the ages" call from 1997 to describe the deeply personal nature of Mickelson's win following a terrible year in which both his wife and mother battled breast cancer. Nantz also drew a subtle contrast between the family man Mickelson and the post-scandal Tiger Woods.
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"Yes you May!"
Bob May sinks a 15-foot putt on 18 to force a playoff with Tiger Woods at the 2000 PGA Championship at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky. (Woods won the tournament in a three-hole playoff.)
Nantz's only PGA Championship call to crack the top 5. Maybe it was the thrilling head-to-head battle, but the name pun really worked here.
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"A win for the ages!" Tiger Woods wins the 1997 Masters by 12 strokes and golf history is changed forever.
As a description of an African-American athlete's triumph at a bastion of Old South tradition, and also Woods's arrival as the athlete of his generation, Nantz's call came up aces.
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"Is it his time? Yes at long last!" Phil Mickelson wins the 2004 Masters and claims his first major victory.
We're into the good stuff now, the Masters calls. Nantz's Mickelson call was simple and elegant and it became as much a part of this moment as Mickelson's 3-inch vertical leap.
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"As grand as it gets."
Tiger Woods wins 2001 Masters, his fourth-straight major victory.
Tiger holding all four major championships at one time might be as close as we'll ever get to seeing a grand slam in the modern era, as Nantz's call gracefully suggests.
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"Rich... and famous!" Rich Beem wins the 2002 PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota.
While name puns are outlawed by all self-respecting copy editors, Nantz uses them freely and without remorse when free from the constraints of the green jackets. At Hazeltine, Nantz captured the moment of a journeyman pro winning one of the game's biggest prizes, even if the fame proved fleeting.
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"Y.E. Yes! Y.E. Yang wins the PGA Championship"
You could see this one coming a 206-yard hybrid away, but sometimes the obvious choice is best, especially when delivered with Nantz's infectious enthusiasm. There's a reason he's been doing this for 25 years.
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The One That Got Away
Justin Rose wins the 2010 Memorial
"This is the putt that wrapped it up. And what's that Bette Midler song? How does that go? Think about his journey here.
When the night has been too lonely and the road has been too long ... Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snows lies the seed that with the sun's love in the spring becomes the rose."
In 25 years on the air, you're not going to always hit home runs, but a sports broadcaster as experienced as Nantz should know to be sparing with the Bette Midler references.
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