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post #127 of 1528

Since 2001 the Masters has been somewhat of a Tiger/ Phil Show. Not this year WIth TIger out and Phil's health questionable this proves to be a rather weak field. If Rory can keep his mind on golf instead of his girl friend I would say he could shred this field.

post #128 of 1528
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Since 2001 the Masters has been somewhat of a Tiger/ Phil Show. Not this year WIth TIger out and Phil's health questionable this proves to be a rather weak field. If Rory can keep his mind on golf instead of his girl friend I would say he could shred this field.

 

It's always a pretty weak field. Weakest of the four majors. Even with 20 PGA club pros, the PGA is the strongest.

post #129 of 1528
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It's always a pretty weak field. Weakest of the four majors. Even with 20 PGA club pros, the PGA is the strongest.

 

Thats because of the Amateurs, The Masters is all about the Amateurs and I think thats great. But it probably lowers the strength of the fields.

post #130 of 1528

http://www.geoffshackelford.com/

 

Good blogger who has been chronically his trip to Augusta National - yesterday showed the course along w/ 17th fairway minus Ike's Tree.

 

 

today ---- the Augusta National gift shop.

 

post #131 of 1528

Really enjoying the press conferences.  I'm more of a Stenson fan than I was before.  That was a good interview.  I just hadn't heard much from him before.  Funny guy. 

post #132 of 1528
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Thats because of the Amateurs, The Masters is all about the Amateurs and I think thats great. But it probably lowers the strength of the fields.

No, I think it's the old farts. Both Opens have am champs. There are a fair number of recent PGA winners in the field this year who are outside the top 50 so this years field may be stronger than most.
post #133 of 1528
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No, I think it's the old farts. Both Opens have am champs. There are a fair number of recent PGA winners in the field this year who are outside the top 50 so this years field may be stronger than most.

You are correct.  The Masters really highlights the Amateurs, but it's the classic guys that take up some spots. (Stadler, Lyle, Woosnam, Mize).  I'm not saying that's a bad thing though.  I think the lifetime invitation is one of the awesome aspects of the tournament.  

post #134 of 1528
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You are correct.  The Masters really highlights the Amateurs, but it's the classic guys that take up some spots. (Stadler, Lyle, Woosnam, Mize).  I'm not saying that's a bad thing though.  I think the lifetime invitation is one of the awesome aspects of the tournament.  

 

Well, at least until you get a letter......   ;-)

post #135 of 1528
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Well, at least until you get a letter......   ;-)

Sorry, but I don't follow.  Huh?

post #136 of 1528
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Sorry, but I don't follow.  Huh?

 

The letter from Augusta National suggesting your day has passed and that you should not actually play the tournament itself.

post #137 of 1528
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Sorry, but I don't follow.  Huh?


Not too long ago, old time winners continued to play in the Masters until they were physically unable. I recall watching Doug Ford shot his usual 88-90 at the Masters back in the 1990s....and watch him struggle up the hill on the 18th hole. Thought it was kind of waste of a spot when a younger golfer could be playing in his place and actually competing.   So Augusta National started to politely request the older winners not to actually play - guess they gave them the Par 3 instead. That's what the "letter" is all about.

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The letter from Augusta National suggesting your day has passed and that you should not actually play the tournament itself.

I don't think that happens very often though.  Most of these guys know when to hang it up.  It obviously depends on their popularity.  Palmer, Nicklaus, and Player never got a letter. I can guarantee that.  Charles Coody, yea probably.  

post #139 of 1528

http://www.masters.com/en_US/news/photos/gallery.html?promo=feature

 

Good pics from Augusta National today if you didn't know about Masters.com

 

Here's a link to the groupings for Rd 1 and 2.

 

http://www.masters.com/en_US/players/pairings/index.html

post #140 of 1528
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I don't think that happens very often though.  Most of these guys know when to hang it up.  It obviously depends on their popularity.  Palmer, Nicklaus, and Player never got a letter. I can guarantee that.  Charles Coody, yea probably.  


They got their letters - I remember clearly the year that it happened and it didn't necessarily go over easy. There were some hurt feelings about it.

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Not too long ago, old time winners continued to play in the Masters until they were physically unable. I recall watching Doug Ford shot his usual 88-90 at the Masters back in the 1990s....and watch him struggle up the hill on the 18th hole. Thought it was kind of waste of a spot when a younger golfer could be playing in his place and actually competing.   So Augusta National started to politely request the older winners not to actually play - guess they gave them the Par 3 instead. That's what the "letter" is all about.

 

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They got their letters - I remember clearly the year that it happened and it didn't necessarily go over easy. There were some hurt feelings about it.

How in the world would you know that?  And what year did that supposedly happen?

post #142 of 1528
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How in the world would you know that?  And what year did that supposedly happen?

 

Not like it was a secret.  Happened in 2002, when Hootie was Chairman.

post #143 of 1528
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How in the world would you know that?  And what year did that supposedly happen?


I lived in Augusta during the time.  I read the papers -you'll probably find something in the Augusta Chronicle archives.

post #144 of 1528
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Thought it was kind of waste of a spot when a younger golfer could be playing in his place and actually competing.

 

It's not a waste of a spot. The Masters doesn't cap the size of the field. They've never turned away someone who otherwise qualified because some former champion "took their spot."

 

You either qualify or you don't. They don't take #51 in the OWGR if a former champ withdraws. The field size simply shrinks by one.

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