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For lessons in golf, and life, I watch highlights from the 1996 Masters ...: She doesn't know much about golf, b...

For lessons in golf, and life, I watch highlights from the 1996 Masters ...: She doesn't know much about golf, b...

Every year I partake in my own little Masters tradition. It’s an odd and somewhat morbid ritual, but it prepares me like nothing else for the azaleas and dogwoods of Augusta National. A few nights ago my wife spotted me in the middle of my annual rite of spring. She doesn’t know much about golf, but she knew enough to recognize the golfer in the big hat on my computer screen. “You’re watching Greg Norman again?” she asked. “How many times have you watched that?” I’ve watched the 1996 Masters highlight video too many times to count and it always ends the same way: Norman defeated, Nick Faldo victorious, and the gallery at Augusta National stunned. Why do I watch this video every year? There are happier highlights to watch. Jack in 1986. Tiger in 1997. Phil in 2004 (though not if you’re Theodore Ernest Els). The 1996 Masters speaks to me more than the others do. It teaches m...

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