Tiger Woods was recently on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Show promoting Tiger Woods 2012, which will be hitting the shelves March 29th, 2011. The two were joined by Amy Poehler on the par three 12th, one of the three holes that make up Amen Corner.
Here’s a quick history lesson for you before we watch the video.. The Masters holes 11, 12, 13 were christened Amen Corner following the 1958 Masters by writer Herbert Warren Wind in an article in Sports Illustrated. That was the Masters where Arnold Palmer earned his first major championship.
Wind gave the monicker “Amen Corner” to holes 11, 12 and 13 because of the spectacular way in which Palmer played those holes on the final day.
The official website of The Masters describes the happenings this way:
“Saturday evening in 1958, heavy rains soaked the course. For Sunday’s round, a local rule was adopted allowing a player whose ball was embedded to lift and drop it without penalty. Sunday on No. 12, Arnold Palmer hit his ball over the green and the ball embedded in the steep bank behind it. Being uncertain about the applicability of the local rule, the official on the hole and Palmer agreed that the ball should be played as it lay and that Palmer could play a second ball which he dropped. Palmer holed out for a 5 with the original ball and a 3 with the second ball. The committee was asked to decide if the local rule was applicable and if so, which score should count.”
“At No. 13, still unsure of what his score was at 12, Palmer sank an 18-foot putt for eagle 3. When he was playing No. 15, Palmer was told his drop at 12 was proper and that his score on the hole was 3, leading to his first major victory.”
Pretty neat, huh?
During the show, Jimmy Fallon also spent some time talking to Tiger Woods and thanked him for such great material for a late night comedian.
I’ve got to say that Tiger Woods was a pretty good sport about the whole thing and I think it was some good publicity for him. My favorite quote was from Jimmy when he referred to Tigers house as the “bat cave for golfers.” 🙂
What do you think?