GUILFORD, Conn. --- As golf fans prepare for the 2011 Masters Tournament, Globe Pequot Press is putting the finishing touches on a book focusing on the 25th anniversary of the 1986 Masters win by Jack Nicklaus. The 1986 Masters: How Jack Nicklaus Roared Back to Win, by John Boyette, releases on April 1.
The book is a hole-by-hole account of Mr. Nicklaus' victory, illustrated with 50 full-color and black-and-white photographs of the tournament from The Augusta Chronicle. Not the favorite to win that year, and following a slow start, The Golden Bear roared past a who's who of top golfers to win his sixth Masters title, a record that still stands.
Mr. Boyette, the sports editor at The Augusta Chronicle, has covered 23 Masters Tournaments and has directed The Chronicle's award-winning coverage of the tournament since 2001.
Mr. Boyette includes commentary from interviews with the key folks connected to the 1986 Masters. From Mr. Nicklaus' wife and son to CBS announcers to the players -- Greg Norman, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Sandy Lyle, Seve Ballesteros, Gary Player, Arnold Palmer and many more.
The voice of Jack Nicklaus shines in an interview provided exclusively for the book's foreword. Coming into 1986's Masters, he hadn't won anything in two years. He still enjoyed the competition, but says of the time, "Golf was not a number one priority in my life, never was actually. My family was always number one."
Mr. Nicklaus says he headed to the practice tee 98 percent of the time after he played. "Not only to fix what I did wrong but to solidify what I did right. But also, you have a peace of mind, so when I went home that night I didn't have to carry golf with me. Maybe that's why I've been married 50 years."