“That putt on 18 — that's the most memorable and the one that sticks out, obviously,’’ he said. “It had a kind of finality to it. Either I make it and we move on, or I miss it and the tournament is over. That one really stands out in my mind.’’
Weir made the putt that he said later he “wouldn’t wish on anyone” and moved onto the sudden-death playoff with Mattiace, which was anticlimactic when Mattiace got in trouble behind a tree and all Weir needed was a three-putt bogey to win. “On a regular day, a Thursday morning on the 18th hole, an eight‑footer straight up the hill, you're going to make quite a few of them,’’ Weir said. “But a do-or-die putt at a major championship, win or lose it was a big moment, so to be able to step up there — I was proud to be able to do that.’’
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Today, Forsman looks back on his Masters experiences with fondness as well as with a twinge of regret at what might have been.
“That was exciting obviously, and disappointing,’’ he says now. “But it was a great memory and to be able to go to Augusta and meet and mingle with the greatest players in the world.
"I miss going down and spectacle of the Masters and all it represents. There’s nothing like it, there’s no way you can possibly describe it. You have to go and see the beauty and the whole spectacle of the Masters, one of the greatest sporting events I could even imagine, let alone being a participant in. I’ve been there, done that, and now I’m happy to sit back and enjoy it on my HD TV.’’
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Thanks to his 2003 win, Weir gets to return to the Masters every year for the rest of his life, even long after he has stopped playing. When he’s 81, like another transplanted Utahn, Billy Casper, Weir will still be invited to attend the Tuesday night Champions Dinner every year and to hobnob with all the other great Masters’ champions.
“To win that tournament has been such a thrill,’’ he says. “It is hard to believe it's been 10 years, and obviously it was a thrill of my golfing career to win at Augusta National. Winning the Masters was great for me.’’
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