There was still a dim chance that Jacobs could make up two strokes on Nicklaus and force a sudden-death playoff, but the odds against it were overwhelming. Lou Scanna, the engineer, had set in motion the sudden-death preparations when Nicklaus and Jacobs had been tied through the front nine. Now he had a question.
"Is sudden death canceled?" he asked.
Chirkinian laughed and said, "Lou, you're beautiful."
"Well is it?" Scanna said. "My guy's on the headset, and he says it's not only dark out there, they have taken out the pins everywhere and are watering the greens." The truck exploded with laughter befitting a merciful ending.
Had Nicklaus not maintained his lead and won the 1966 Masters, it would surely have been the most interesting sudden death in golf history. It would have been played Tuesday morning, and CBS could have done it as a two-minute commercial on a Leave It to Beaver rerun.
Several weeks later, after all concerned had recovered from the battleground that was Augusta, Frank Chirkinian was in Shor's one evening and happy as an Armenian dry cleaner who had discovered the white knight. He had accepted an Emmy for CBS sports. It had not been won for the Masters—which was a shame—but for the
CBS Golf Classic. And CBS and Chirkinian had not won it alone. The awards committee had also presented one to NBC and ABC—a three-way tie, like Augusta. Still, it was an Emmy.
"Anyhow," said Frank, "who'll ever know? It doesn't look bad on the hood of the car."