Fred Couples hits his Masters dream into the water, Jim Nantz collapses
Fred Couples is the one who sent his Masters dream into the drink, but CBS announcer Jim Nantz felt it like a 7-iron to the head.
Couples was charging on Masters Sunday, giving hope to all 50-year-old multi-millionaires who've been divorced twice and just don't give a damn. Those tennis shoes Couples insists on wearing were scorching Augusta National's pristine greens. The former University of Houston star was within two shots of the lead with only eight holes to go on his balky back, with Phil Mickelson anything-but-the-surest-of-closers ahead. Then, Couples bogeyed 11, stepped to the tee on the par-3 12th and ...
"Oh no," Nantz wailed with the force of a performer on the stage at the Houston Grand Opera. "Oh no. Oh no."
As Couples golf ball settled to the bottom of the pond, Nantz was probably still screeching. I have the feeling CBS mercifully cut off his microphone at some point.
Yes, Couples and Nantz are former U of H roommates — a tidbit Nantz tries to work into every single story he tells. Yes, they're close. So close that Nantz probably calls Freddie to bid him good night (or at least dreams of doing it) at every opportunity. They are better buds than the crew from The Hangover. Understood.
At some point, don't you have to divorce yourself from your personal allegiances and focus on making a good, objective, national TV call.
Nantz seemed much more hurt by Couples double-bogey water find on No. 12 than even the golfer himself. Freddie mostly just seemed to groan/shrug, a gesture that can be translated into, "What the hell did you expect? I'm freaky 50!"
Couples still performed better than Tiger Woods, in many ways, under this immense Sunday majors pressure. He's still in range of finishing in double digit red numbers as he heads to 18.
That's nothing to go opera tragic sad over.