Hello, friends, the rumors are true! Jim Nantz really does play Masters theme music when people play his backyard replica of Pebble Beach's seventh hole. And now we are forever grateful to Nick Faldo for providing us with video proof.
After Faldo shared a video of him chatting with Nantz from his Pebble Beach home on Tuesday night, we said we hoped the next video would be of Nantz's backyard golf hole. And Faldo delivered by tweeting a 45-second clip of him hitting shots at Nantz's sweet Pebble Beach setup on Thursday. All the while, the silky voice of Nantz provides commentary and sport's most relaxing tune blares in the background. This is peak Jim Nantz. And it's absolutely perfect. Check it out:
"Wouldn't it be nice to put your name on the Pebble Beach Pebble?" Nantz says as Faldo, his partner during CBS' golf coverage, lines up another shot, referring to the plaque by the tee commemorating those who have made a hole-in-one there. Yes, it would, Jim. But we'd happily settle for just being able to take a crack.
How about Nantz's call of one shot: "Wind came up at the last moment! Watch out, watch out! Ohhh." There's also an odd moment when the two break into singing, "Disaster's in the air!" Must be an inside joke. . .
So who has made an "ace" (It's not really an ace if you hit a small bucket at it) there? Six people, including David Feherty, Brandt Snedeker, and Nantz's new NFL partner in the booth, Tony Romo. Unfortunately, Snedeker's name is spelled wrong, but we're sure the PGA Tour winner doesn't mind. Besides, in Tuesday night's chat, Nantz says it costs $250 to put a person's name on there, so it doesn't seem worth it to pay that much just to change one letter.
If we are going to nitpick one thing, it's that we don't get much of a look at the replica hole itself. Let's hope Faldo isn't finished trying to get his name on that plaque -- and that he keeps the camera rolling.