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October 19, 1998|PETER YOON

What: "Roy Firestone's Greatest Moments in Golf" video.

Price: $14.99

Running Time: 50 minutes

Billed as the first retrospective on the greatest moments in golf, this video attempts a journey through the great rivalries, clutch shots, dramatic situations and amazing shots in golf history, but fails to capture any intensity in the moments presented.

More a collection of short clips--there are 44 moments shown in 50 minutes--not nearly enough time is spent setting up the circumstances that have taken four rounds of golf to develop.

We see Nick Faldo chip in during the 1990 British Open and are told that the shot clinched the victory, but never why or who his nearest pursuers were. We see Greg Norman hit the flag stick on the 14th hole in the 1986 British Open, but were are not told the significance of the shot.

This lack of situational detail even leads to a factual error at one point.

The video shows Hale Irwin sink a 60-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole in the final round of the 1990 U.S. Open then run around the green and high-five the gallery.

"They all hail Hale for his third U.S. Open conquest," Firestone says as the clip runs.

We are led to believe that Irwin's putt won the tournament, we are not told that it only got Irwin into an 18-hole playoff the next day and only because Mike Donald later missed a two-foot putt that would have won the tournament.

Another drawback is the focus on men's golf. There is only one moment taken from the LPGA--Betsy King's victory in the 1987 Dinah Shore Classic. Obviously a token inclusion.

The major tournaments, as expected, are featured. Jack Nicklaus at the 1986 Masters, Tom Watson at the 1982 U.S. Open, Lee Trevino at the 1972 British Open and, of course, Tiger Woods at the 1997 Masters.

But some moments are missing. Most notably, Paul Azinger holing out from the sand to win the 1993 PGA Championship. And the Ryder Cup, which has produced more than its share of golf's greatest moments, is omitted.

The video deserves some praise for its well-detailed, three-minute, shot-by-shot presentation of Nicklaus and Watson on the 18th hole in the final round of the 1977 British Open.

But, true to form, the shortcomings resurface. We see Nicklaus and Watson both make birdies on the hole, but never find out who won the tournament (it was Watson).

Cross this video off your Christmas wish list--it's not worth it.

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