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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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Nicklaus: Tiger’s swing is better now than ever

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Jack Nicklaus is teeing it with his grandson, G.T., at the PNC Father/Son Challenge. As has been the case since, well, at least 1997, the Golden Bear was asked about the man closest to his record of 18 major championships.

Beyond weighing in on Woods’ win at the Tour Championship or whether he thinks Tiger has a shot at 18 majors, Nicklaus offered his perspective on Woods post-spinal fusion swing, and he likes what he sees…a lot.

“I think his swing is much better now than it ever was. The reason for that is Tiger was very much up and down with his head and I think that put a lot of pressure on his back.

“The fusion that he had, obviously was something he didn’t want but it was something he needed. … I didn’t think he would ever play golf as well as he’s playing.

“I never dreamed that he would play quite as well as he has and that the operation actually leveled out his head and leveled out his swing.”

High praise, indeed! What do you think about the 18-time major winner’s remarks, GolfWRX members?

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Looks like Little John Daly is a “Long John” as well

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John Daly’s 15-year-old son is again the talk of the PNC Father/Son Challenge. JD and LJD first teed it up in the event together in 2016, and Long John the Younger, with Loudmouth Golf attire that matches his father’s, has been a minor sensation ever since.

Oh, and he can absolutely rip it. Check out Skratch TV’s video from the range at the Ritz Carlton Golf Club in Orlando.

“Thank God I’ve got him on my team this week,” you can hear Daly the Elder say after his son’s missile.

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Proud papa.

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And if you doubt the kid has game and think this is mere puffery, consider he won the IJGA Invitational at Harbour Town last year, triumphing in a five-man playoff.

Or, you can check out this video of Daly talking about his son’s golfing prowess. (However, if you’re offended by a liberal use of the f-word, you may not want to do so)

The pair tee off with Retief and Leo Goosen at 9:36 a.m. tomorrow in the two-day, 36-hole competition. Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera, Jr. won the tournament last year.

 

 

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Adam “Pacman” Jones talks handicap, lowest score, shows off new clubs

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The trick-shot artist, golfing dynamo, and general internet phenomenon that is Matty sat down for a quick nine questions with veteran NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who plays to a 14 handicap.

Check out their conversation below.

Matty also took a peek at the fresh set of clubs in Jones’ bag. It looks like Matty, who is affiliated with Bridgestone Golf, has made sure the veteran cornerback has the company’s latest wares, including custom Tour B X-CB irons and custom KBS Tour shafts.

Hopefully, Matty will follow up with an Adam Jones WOTW (What’s on the Wrist). Holy Rolly, Pacman!

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