Here's a blast-from-the-past article that features two of the washed-up guys on the "past champions" list.
Originally Posted by ztexz
I mostly agree. The one change I would like to see to the Masters field is an end to the lifetime exemption. It's already a smaller field, and having guys like Craig Staddler or Ben Crenshaw tie up a spot doesn't do anything for the game, the tournament , or deserving pros (or amateurs) who have an actual shot at making the cut.
Let them come participate in the festivities, play the Par 3 tournament with their grandkids, and basically spend the week fawning over them and kissing their butts. Or, if you insist on inviting them, I'd like to see them have the grace to politely decline
I don't agree with the bolded part. Part of what sets the Masters apart from the other majors is the unique traditions of the tournament and ANGC. Part of that is the central role that past champions play. Ben Crenshaw will get substantial coverage on Thursday and Friday, there will be speculation whether this will be his "last Masters," and we'll hear all about how he won on the week when Penick died. That story and the accompanying images are part of the lore of the tournament, and we wouldn't see or remember it if Crenshaw wasn't playing.
You might (rightfully) feel that distracts from the coverage of competitive golf. To that I'll say this: Crenshaw won't be around for the weekend (though wouldn't it be something if he was?) when the real competition happens. Further, Augusta has never really cared much about saturation coverage of the tournament. It wasn't long ago that they only broadcast the weekend, and only the second nine at that.
I will agree that the old guys who lack the physical capacity to break 80 should (and are strongly encouraged to) decline.
Originally Posted by jamo
Shouldn't this be titled "list of completely washed up players with absolutely no chance of ever winning a major again"? (Let the Tiger-love flame war begin...)
Edited by k-troop - 4/6/14 at 4:33pm