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Reflections
Farrell Evans
April 04, 2011
Carl Jackson, 64, first caddied in the Masters in 1961, when he was 14. Next week's Masters—during which he will carry for Ben Crenshaw, as he has since '76—will be Jackson's 50th. Today Jackson is the caddie master at the Alotian Club outside Little Rock. There he looked back on all things Augusta National with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED writer-reporter Farrell Evans
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April 04, 2011

Reflections

Carl Jackson, 64, first caddied in the Masters in 1961, when he was 14. Next week's Masters—during which he will carry for Ben Crenshaw, as he has since '76—will be Jackson's 50th. Today Jackson is the caddie master at the Alotian Club outside Little Rock. There he looked back on all things Augusta National with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED writer-reporter Farrell Evans

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"You're away, Jack"

At Ben Hogan's last Masters, in '67, he was playing a practice round with Nicklaus. They were at the 10th tee with a big gallery. The wind was howling into the players' faces, but Nicklaus got up there and flew his drive to the bottom of the hill. Hogan's drive was a low dart that probably carried less than 200 yards, but the ball had so much spin on it that when it hit the ground, it took off. There were two balls down at the bottom, but one was 15 yards ahead of the other. Hogan and Nicklaus were walking side by side, and they both went to the longest ball. Nicklaus said, "Oh, that's my ball back there." He had hit this booming crowd-pleaser, but Hogan had hit it by him because of his experience. He did the same thing to Nicklaus on the 15th.

Tiger's first green jacket

That week in '97 reminded me of a couple of the times when Nicklaus was winning, where I thought he might shoot 25 under. In '96 Tiger had played with Ben for two practice rounds, and he really did his homework. For two days Tiger hit the same putts as Ben did. A lot of guys start practice rounds following Ben around the greens, but Tiger was trying to absorb everything Ben could teach him. After Tiger missed the cut that year, he came up to me to say thank you because all of the pins were exactly where we told him they would be.

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