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“From the minute I stepped foot on the grounds, I could feel that this year was going to be different.”

ESPN commentators, reporters and producers share their personal thoughts on what it was like to cover Tiger Woods' historic Masters victory

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Members of ESPN’s team providing coverage of the 2019 Masters tell Front Row what they will remember most about Tiger Woods’ historic victory in Augusta:

Matt Barrie, (SportsCenter anchor)

What I’ll remember most about the 2019 Masters Tournament is the anticipation that something great was going to happen. Rory [McIlroy] was on top of his game. Tiger was healthy and confident. From the minute I stepped foot on the grounds, I could feel that this year was going to be different. And it was an all-timer.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz ( senior editor)

I have a tradition when I come to Augusta National. It seems everyone does. I go for a morning walk around the course, think about what happened, what is coming next. I think about my dad and what I’d tell him if I could. So I’ll remember Tiger hugging his kids. Tiger had – and has – his issues. So much happened this week — the Women’s Amateur was extraordinary and the start of something special — but a father hugging his kids after a big accomplishment is what I’ll remember.

Michael Eaves (SportsCenter anchor)

The Masters is the closest thing that golf has to a family reunion, and this week, the game’s greatest cathedral welcomed back home one of its greatest and most revered champions. It makes everyone who witnessed it even more excited to come back next year. Plus, the Tiger Effect is back in full effect!

Becca Preston (ESPN production coordinator, golf)

What I will remember most… My runner eating 40 egg salad sandwiches in two days or the fact that my two runners drove over 2,400 miles in one week between two cars. Honestly – I will most remember the 12 people sitting in our tiny bunker watching Tiger make history and the roar of the crowd as he became the 2019 Masters champion.

Scott Van Pelt (SportsCenter anchor, host of live first and second-round coverage)

What I will remember at the end of my favorite week of the year is Tiger Woods hugging his children. I was here when he hugged his dad. Twenty-two years later, with eight of the top 15 players in the world in the Top 10, he beat them all again. It was the loudest, longest roar I have ever heard at Augusta. Absolutely incredible. All of it.

Bob Harig ( senior golf writer)

We’ll remember Tiger winning a 15th major at age 43 very much in the way many think back to Jack Nicklaus’ sixth Masters at age 46 in 1986. It had that same kind of feel. A legend going head to head with some of the game’s biggest names.

Curtis Strange (ESPN golf analyst)

Many top players were playing well going in, and they continued throughout. The best comeback of all time prevailed. Tiger!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Read more about ESPN’s coverage of the 2019 Masters.

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