Saturday, April 11, 2009

Masters one-liner from Dan Patrick

The 1996 Masters Tournament brought one of the biggest meltdowns in major golf history as Greg Norman - always the bridesmaid at the Masters - lost a six shot lead to eventual winner Nick Faldo.

Norman returned to the 2009 Masters after a strong finish at last year's British Open. Unfortunately, he didn't make the cut, missing by two strokes with a 3 over par.
His return is a reminder of his '96 tournament appearance, which also resulted in a really funny line by former ESPN sports anchor Dan Patrick.

With a six shot lead going into the final round on Sunday, Norman - also known as "The Shark" - was surely going to get the Masters green jacket that had eluded him after several second place finishes.

The front page headline on The Augusta Chronicle stated his chances succintly: "Shark Smells Blood."

On the Sunday night ESPN Sportscenter recapping the tournament, Dan Patrick, on site in Augusta, held up a copy of Sunday's front page.

"Shark smells blood?" Patrick asked.

After a slight pause, Patrick said: "Yes, the Shark smelled blood ... his own."

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