Faster Master April 15, 2008, 12:39 pm

by Mikem
Here in Britain many commentators have already reflected on what they regard as a dull Sunday finish - and blamed the course alterations otherwise known as 'Tiger proofing'. For me, the back nine was tense rather than dramatic, a tribute to conservative golf and critical putting. But what is hard to take is the tolerance shown for incredibly slow play,another key component in the meandering combat that left many late-night Brit golf fans nodding off in their armchairs. Fat chance of any amateurs heeding the NEXT appeal from club committees to speed up play. What? When five plus hours can secure a Masters' greenjacket?

The 2007 Masters April 15, 2008, 12:27 pm

by Bruce Thom
The Masters has had a habit of producing some strange winners over the years. We remember Snead, Hogan, Palmer, Player, Nicklaus and Woods but forget about relative nonentities such as Johnson, Goalby, Weir (and yes Im a Canadian) It is the weakest field of the year what with amateurs and foreign players no one has ever heard of (or ever will) but the background and the hype makes it very special - just turn the sound off and enjoy. My own pick for best field and action is, and always has been, the TPC at Sawgrass.

Re: April 15, 2008, 12:26 pm

The 2007 Masters April 15, 2008, 12:26 pm

by Bruce Thom
The Masters has had a habit of producing some strange winners over the years. We remember Snead, Hogan, Palmer, Player, Nicklaus and Woods but forget about relative nonentities such as Johnson, Goalby, Weir (and yes Im a Canadian) It is the weakest field of the year what with amateurs and foreign players no one has ever heard of (or ever will) but the background and the hype makes it very special - just turn the sound off and enjoy. My own pick for best field and action is, and always has been, the TPC at Sawgrass.

Masters April 15, 2008, 12:19 pm

by Jim
Everyone wants someone to challange Tiger and when a young guy goes out there and does just that, it isn't that he won a tournement, it was a boring event. I do agree they do not show enough golf at any of the tournements except on the golf channel sometimes. I think the people in charge should realize we like to see the guys that are in trouble as much as the guy that hits it in the middle. How many times do you wonder who the leader is playing with when he has gone to 4 or 5 shots back?????

The Masters April 15, 2008, 12:07 pm

by Kevin Kean
I couldn't agree more. The Masters committee has unfortunately gone too far in the course changes to the point where it's made a last day charge virtually impossible. Tough conditions on the last day or not, the fact that none of the last 22 players could break par in the final round speaks volumes. Jimenez had the best score of the day with a 68 and this included a holed iron shot on 7 and a chip in on 18! A finish like we had in 2004 with Mickelson carding 5 birdies in the last 7 is a thing of the past at Augusta. A handful of players under par at the end of the week is quite refreshing at the US Open as opposed to -24 winning every week, but not at Augusta, it's taken all the excitement away from a great tournament

Master hype April 15, 2008, 11:57 am

by snooze
Well, yet again I turn on the masters to watch superlative golf only to be treated to endless syrupy music, soft-focus timewasting and vacuous comments. What is happening? The CBS coverage is turning a unique sporting event into a third-rate soap opera.
I really don't need to be subjected to fascile attempts at building suspense or giving me tear-jerking backgrounds on people.I, like millions of others I suspect, tune in to the only channel carrying the event live to watch the golfers playing THIS YEAR. Not some endless re-runs of dramatic moments from years gone by.
Oh yes, there are enought cameras and players on the course to be able to provide quality coverage of everything thats going on, not cutting away to watch something we have all seen dozens of times from say 1997 every time Tiger isn't actually hitting the ball. There are a whole field of players who deserve TV coverage or they wouldn't be there....show some of them occasionally.

2008 Masters April 15, 2008, 11:55 am

by Jim Harrison
They "Tiger Proof" the golf course and two years in a row we don't see any excitment on the last 9 holes like we use to. The roaring crowds when someone birdies or eagles a hole puts that much more pressure on the leader. There was none of that on Sunday. I truly thought it was the most boring Masters I have ever seen and thought it was a waste of 6 hours to watch.

Buzzards Bite Masters April 15, 2008, 11:54 am

by Les Layton
I agree with Brandon. The Masters isn't nearly as exciting with players making double bogeys and bogeys rather than birdies and eagles on the back nine Sunday.
I miss the old 15th hole where almost everyone went for the green in two.
Augusta's toughened course has made the Masters too much like the U.S. Open and PGA. Jack's great back nine in 1986 wouldn't have happened at today's Augusta.

Masters April 15, 2008, 11:53 am

by Bob
I guess the Masters is always boring when an American doesn't captivate the crowd.The golf writers that have proclaimed this Masters as boring are idiots. If Snedeker had won,this would have been a monumental win for youth...albeit American youth.

Master's April 15, 2008, 11:44 am

by HD
Thanks for your insight into the weekend watching of the Masters. I did in fact tape the event and watch it on fast forward without the commentary. When is the golfing world going to get the idea that Tiger proofing is not making holes longer but rather making them shorter. Watching birdies and eagles is fun, watching a tournement to see who is going to win by giving back the fewest strokes is boring. The Men of the Masters have created a ho hum event where even the announcers are afraid to be honest. (Give me some Johnny and Gary honesty)

 

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