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Masters honorary starter debate: Should anyone fill Arnie’s spot?

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First things first: No golfer or combination of golfers could ever “fill” Arnold Palmer’s spot alongside Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player in the trio of honorary tournament starters.

He was, and forever will be, the King.

But this year’s tournament will be the second since Mr. Palmer’s passing, and presumably Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player will reprise their longest drive competition on the first tee to kick off the tournament.

In this vein, GolfWRX member LVG raises some interesting questions: Should ANGC bring in a third? What is the trajectory of honorary Masters starter?

He posits we’ll see Ben Crenshaw, Tom Watson, and Bernhard Langer as the triumvirate on the tee in ten years. 

Other WRXers offered different perspectives.

golfgirlrobin says

“I don’t know that you need to add one right away, but I’d argue for Crenshaw.  He’s got that gentlemanly thing going that fits in at The Masters.”

Darth Putter may have the best response

“It will be just Jack and Gary for a while. Then just Gary. Then Tiger and Phil will join Gary. And then it will probably just be Gary again.”

Indeed, Gary Player will outlive us all. bscinstct puts his chips behind Faldo

“Sir Nick has 3 green jackets ; )’

Farmer suggests Palmer should retain his place, in a sense, as he did last year

“Put a chair on the first tee with Arnie’s green jacket draped on it, Jack and Gary drive, everyone weeps.  There is no player of such iconic stature to replace Arnie.”
What do you think, GolfWRX members? Should Augusta National add anyone to Jack and Gary in the near future? Who will succeed these two legends of the game?

 

 

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  1. Lenny

    Mar 28, 2018 at 2:03 pm

    Willy Wood.

  2. Terry Taylor

    Mar 28, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Stormy Daniels should get the nod.

  3. Brett Weir

    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    Me personally, starters should be from the same generation. Player, Nicklaus, and Palmer are great examples. There should be no one to fill Palmer’s place and the remaining 2 should still keep being starters until they croak, just like Snead and Sarazen before them.

  4. Alex G. Galvan

    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I always thought Billy Casper would have been a great addition with Mr Palmer, Mr Nicklaus, Mr Player in previous years….now both Mr Palmer and Mr Casper are gone….maybe Mickey Wright or Kathy Whitworth. Thanks Alex

  5. Looper

    Mar 28, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    WOW!!! I don’t always enjoy your column BA, but most I do… Classy retort to people who are just haters… Golf isn’t that person…

  6. BH

    Mar 28, 2018 at 11:52 am

    Do you have nothing to write about than this drivel? Go practice your short game or something instead you pathetic moron.

    • Ben Alberstadt

      Mar 28, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      Thanks for the reply. We try to feature hot threads from the forums on the main page to continue foster the debate and discussion that make GolfWRX unique. I’m sorry you don’t find that valuable.

      • Man

        Mar 28, 2018 at 3:58 pm

        It’s disrespectful just to even discuss this topic by calling it hot. Because it’s not a hot topic in any way shape or form. You doing it for stupid click bait

        • Luke

          Mar 28, 2018 at 5:25 pm

          ^^^^ These two seem stable. Jesus.

        • Ben Alberstadt

          Mar 28, 2018 at 8:07 pm

          Disrespectful to who exactly? Based on views in the Tour Talk board, it’s a hot topic…as in it has objectively received a number of views and replies since its posting on 3/23 to earn a “hot” button: check it out. This doesn’t mean you have to like me or the post, but the designation is a fact.

          • George

            Mar 29, 2018 at 7:11 am

            Nobody likes you because all you do is write fluff pieces on Woods non stop.

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Want to watch Rickie Fowler drive it 458 yards? Sure you do!

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I’m not about to act like Rickie Fowler had some Hulk-meets-Joe Miller moment at the Scottish Open and belted a drive more than 450 yards.

No, Dick Fowler, P.I.,was massively aided by baked out Gullane, the contours of the fairway, and likely a decent tailwind. Obviously. He’d certainly admit that fact, and it’s abundantly clear he smacked his drive down a concrete ski slope.

That said, a 458-yard drive is a 458-yard drive, and it’s a spectacle worth watching.

Check it out.

All credit to the Cobra King F8+ and Aldila NV 2KXV Blue 70X shaft; check out Fowler’s full WITB here.

Fowler finished tied for sixth place at 14-under.

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WATCH: Phil gets roasted, and other hilarious impressions of players at The 2018 Open Championship

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Impressionist/comedian Conor Moore has done impressions of golfers before, most notably his Masters edition (and this one), but he may have outdone himself with a new Open Championship video.

His impressions of Dustin Johnson, Ian Poulter, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, Justin Rose, Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson are scarily spot on. In the video, he roasts DJ’s laid back nature, Phil’s U.S. Open rules fiasco, Fleetwood’s hair, Tiger’s ability to dodge questions and Bubba’s propensity to shed some tears.

Watch the full video below (click here if the embed doesn’t work for you).

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Tiger Woods: “If I intimidate you, that’s your own (expletive) issue”

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In his heyday, Tiger Woods was one of the most intimidating athletes on the planet. I mean, does anyone dispute this? Woods demoralized and decimated his opponents, and he was happy to do so. Heck, his mother told him to step on his competitors’ necks…when he was a child!

For a period of time, there was no surer bet in the world of sports than a Tiger Woods win when he was in contention. He knew it. Fans knew it. Everyone else in the field knew it. Dude is 52-4 when holding at least a share of the 54-hole lead!

Things are a bit different now. Humbled, with a fused back and easier demeanor, Woods surely isn’t the fiery competitor who always showed up to tournaments expecting to win, is he?

Well, if that’s your opinion check out the gem Twitter user @donaldremington has had stashed away since a May Tiger Woods clinic (presumably at Tiger Jam in Las Vegas).

Warning: If you’re offended by graphic language, well, cover your ears.

Vintage.

While Woods may no longer intimidate competitors the way he once did (see: Casey, Paul at the Valspar Championship), he doesn’t seem to have developed any sympathy for those who can’t stand the heat in the kitchen.

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