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The 1975 Masters Tournament always seemed destined for the record books. A veritable Hall of Fame list of competitors had gathered that spring in Augusta, Georgia, for the game's most famous event, including Arnold Palmer, Tom Watson, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, Hale Irwin, Billy Casper, and Sam Snead. The lead-up had been dominated by Lee Elder, the first black golfer ever invited to the exclusive club's tourney. But by the weekend, the tournament turned into a showdown between the three heavyweights of the time: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, and Tom Weiskopf. Never before had golf's top three players of the moment summoned the best golf of their lives in the same major championship. Their back-and-forth battle would rivet the sporting world and dramatically culminate in one of the greatest finishes in golf history.



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Gil Capps

Emmy-award winner Gil Capps is an associate producer on NBC Sports golf telecasts and also managing editor at Golf Channel in Orlando, Florida. His first book -- THE MAGNIFICENT MASTERS: Jack Nicklaus, Johnny Miller, Tom Weiskopf and the 1975 Cliffhanger at Augusta -- was published by Da Capo Press in spring 2014.A golf media veteran for more than two decades, Capps has worked on-site at nearly 500 tournaments worldwide. The 2015 season marks his 18th year full-time on NBC's golf team. In all, he has worked 20 U.S. Opens, 18 Players Championships, and 11 Ryder Cups for the network. Capps has been nominated for eight Sports Emmy Awards in his career and was a winner in 2008 for Outstanding Live Sports Special (the 108th U.S. Open).His primary job during NBC shows is providing statistics, research notes, scoring, spotting, and editorial direction in the main announcer tower. He has worked closely in this manner with noted announcers such as Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks, and Dick Enberg. His other responsibilities include preparing full-page graphics; contributing original ideas for features, teases, and video pieces; and guiding and supporting all editorial and production elements.In the summer of 2012, Capps took over the newly created role of managing editor at Golf Channel, a part of the new NBC Sports Group. At Golf Channel, Capps has been responsible for helping to create the network's Editorial Research Unit. Modeled after NBC's famed Olympic Research Unit, the group provides research material, initiates story ideas, and fosters content development across all of the company's platforms. As director of the unit, he travels as part of network's signature Live From broadcasts to oversee research at the game's major events.In the past, Capps served as statistician for USA Sports' PGA Tour coverage from 2003-2006. He has also worked golf events for CNBC, Golf Channel, and CBS (including the Masters from 2003-2012 and nine PGA Championships), sitting alongside more than 60 different golf announcers.Capps has spent his entire professional career in the golf media business. After graduating from Davidson College, he served a summer internship with the Carolinas Golf Association. In 1992, he founded Metrolina Golf Magazine - a regional golf publication for the Charlotte metropolitan area. He served as publisher and editor for six years until selling the magazine in 1998. He has also written freelance articles for a number of different publications and has been a guest on sport talk radio shows and a speaker at local civic groups.For more information, visit gilcapps.com



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