It stopped inches short, but allowed Jack Nicklaus to tap in for the clubhouse lead of nine-under par.
And then the wait for the Green Jacket began, with Greg Norman and Seve Ballesteros storming up the back nine on seven-under.
Victory was by no means secured but Nicklaus plucked his ball out of the hole, waved his hand and briefly took in the adulation of the hundreds of fans packed tightly around Augusta’s 18th green.
What followed is an enduring image for millions of golf fans around the world; Nicklaus embracing his son, and caddie that day, Jack Nicklaus II.
“I turned around and the crowd is just, you know, just embracing Jack Nicklaus for all the things that were going on today and in…