Nicklaus at No. 16

April, 9, 2011

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The roars at Augusta are different. I know it's been said, over and over again, but that's because it's true. Yesterday, Rory McIlroy walked off the 18th green with the tournament under control. Then he heard the echoes from the other side of the golf course. He knew right then: Tiger. His night got immediately more restless. Yes, McIlroy said he's not scared. I can't see inside a man, but I'd bet anything that isn't true. I bet he was thinking of Tiger when he went to sleep and again when he awoke. That roar had to have gone home with him. There's no other noise like it in sports, and few people know what it's like to have that directed at you, to be in the eye of the storm.

One man who does know is Jack Nicklaus.

This is a television essay I wrote about a few of his roars from 1986.

Wright Thompson | email

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
Wright Thompson (@wrightthompson) is a senior writer for and The Magazine. He has been featured in seven editions of Best American Sports Writing and lives in Oxford, Mississippi.




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