Legendary CBS sports announcer Verne Lundquist to retire after calling 40th Masters Tournament in April

 February 15, 2024

When legendary TV sports announcer Verne Lundquist calls professional golf's preeminent Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia, it will be his 40th time doing so and also his last, according to Barstool Sports.

CBS revealed Wednesday on social media that this year's Masters in April would be the final time that Lundquist, widely regarded as "the best to ever do it," would provide his inestimable analysis and coverage of the annual major golf tournament.

Decades-long career as a sportscaster

Yahoo! Sports reported that Lundquist, 83, has been a legendary sports broadcaster for decades but nearly chose a completely different career path in his early years.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1940, Lundquist grew up in Austin, Texas, and, after graduating from Texas Lutheran University, briefly attended the Augustana Seminary in Illinois before deciding that the priesthood was not a job he wanted to do for the rest of his life.

Upon returning home to Texas, he took up sports announcing for local stations in Austin and Dallas before landing a gig as the radio announcer for the Dallas Cowboys in 1967, which lasted until 1984.

He also began working for ABC in 1974 but shifted over to CBS in 1982, where he has remained ever since, and for several decades was a key part of that network's coverage of college football and basketball as well as major golf tournaments.

According to Sports Illustrated, Lundquist stepped away from his esteemed role as the voice of SEC football on CBS in 2016 and called his final NCAA March Madness tournament for the network in 2017, leaving just his golf coverage in the intervening years, though he retired from his usual stint announcing the PGA Championship following the 2021 tournament.

One of Lundquist's most memorable calls

While there are undoubtedly many to choose from over his decades-long career, Golf.com highlighted what was arguably one of Lundquist's most memorable calls ever -- an incredible Masters-winning chip shot by Tiger Woods from the edge of the rough along the famed par-3 16th hole at Augusta to defeat Chris DiMarco in 2005.

After co-announcer Lanny Wadkins predicted that the shot was too difficult even for Woods, the golfer proceeded to hit his ball onto the green and everybody watched as it slowly rolled down a slope toward the cup, pause briefly at the edge, and then fall in to great uproar from the crowd and the announcers.

"Oh … my … goodness," Lundquist said as the ball tracked to the cup, then exclaimed as the ball fell, "OH WOW! … In your LIFE have you ever seen anything like that?!?"

Signaled in 2022 that the 2024 Masters "will likely be my last"

Though fans will certainly be sad to no longer hear Lundquist calling the shots at the Masters Tournament after this year, his impending retirement wasn't a complete surprise as he had hinted that this year would probably be his last in a 2022 interview with Barrett Sports Media, in which he recounted a recent discussion he'd had with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus about his future with the network.

"I’m good to go for next year," Lundquist said at the time. "That will be number 39, and he and I have agreed -- and this is not announced and I don’t mean to jump the gun here -- but in all likelihood, number 40 will likely be my last. Just because it will be time. I think that’s the plan."

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