A True Legend Has Retired

(DailyEmailNews.com) – After an illustrious career that spanned decades, the recent Masters Sunday was not just about hailing a new champion but also about saying goodbye to a broadcasting legend.

From his usual station at the par-3 16th, Verne Lundquist marked the end of an era with his final commentary, his 40th, at Augusta National.

“What a scene … at this gorgeous par-3 16th hole,” Lundquist remarked as the leading group approached the 16th. “What a reception for Scottie Scheffler and Collin Morikawa.”

As Scheffler and Morikawa made their way to the 16th green, the spectators’ cheers went through the roof.

CBS’s leading broadcaster Jim Nantz suggested that the applause might have also been a tribute to Lundquist in his final Augusta National broadcast.

“Thrilled to be here Jim,” Lundquist stated. “Absolutely thrilled.”

Scheffler secured a birdie on the 16th to expand his lead to four strokes. Lundquist commented, “Why not? Why not get in the hole?”

Currеntly 83, Lundquist has lent his voice to an array of sports during his renowned career, covering football, basketball, tennis, golf, track and field, swimming, diving and horse racing.

He bеgan his career at KTBC-TV in Austin, then went on to become the sports director at WFAA-TV in Dallas.

He was also the radio announcer for thе Dallas Cowboys for 16 seasons.

On a national scale, Lundquist spent eight years at ABC Sports and three years at TNT Sports as a play-by-play announcer.

His tenure at TNT saw him cover NFL, NBA, golf and figure skating between 1995 and 1997.

During his first gig at CBS (1983 to 1985), Lundquist broadcasted NFL and NBA games and was the lead commentator for figure skating at the 1992, 1994 and 1998 Winter Olympics.

He is also renowned for calling the NCAA Tournaments, with his most memorable call being Christian Laettner’s “The Shot” during the 1992 Duke-Kentucky Elite Eight game.

However, it was in gold that he found his spot, as he has called several Masters and PGA Championships.

Bidding farewell, Nantz said, “Thank you for a wonderful soundtrack for all of our lives.”

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