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The one thing I would change at the Masters.


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#1 playa

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 04:20 PM

Not criticising here as the Masters is the best run and most exciting week on the golfing calendar, but if there is one thing about it I could change it would be the playoff holes.
I love the sudden death format, but I think the playoff holes aren't the most exciting holes on the course.
How awesome would it be for the playoff to start on 12 and just go in order from there?
The pressure of having to play 12 straight off the bat would be great theatre. Then moving straigoht to 13 and seeing who has the cajonies to go for the green with it all on the line. The crowd would go nuts over an eagle there to win it.
Thoughts?

Edited by playa, 07 March 2018 - 04:21 PM.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 04:27 PM

The reason most playoff holes start at 18 is because that's where the crowd is at the end of regulation. Otherwise you will have thousands of people moving around the course.

That said, I agree with you that it would be more interesting to have a playoff start at 12 and move on from there. I'm not a big fan of 18.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 04:33 PM

I was going to say, stop selling the cheese-pimento sandwiches.  They really are terrible.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 04:57 PM

Playoff is simply a logistics issue and it has gotten pretty late in the day when they've had them, same reason most events start near where the crowd is.

I'd love to see it start on 15, not 12, so I sympathize.  But that's a lot of people to be moving around out there and all down in that area if it keeps going.

They used to start on 10, so I like starting on 18 better than that, but still a logistical issue.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:16 PM

My criticism is the limited network/Augusta tv coverage. Sat-Sun CBS and only CBS can show live/recorded footage and only during the limited afternoon window that CBS has allotted for it. Same goes for Thu-Fri on ESPN, with a few less theatrics... I don't care if more coverage does equate to more advertising, I'd like to see golf a couple hours sooner, at least on the first 2 days.

Edited by A.Princey, 07 March 2018 - 08:19 PM.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:23 PM

We're getting pretty much all of the leaders' 18 holes on Saturday and Sunday, especially, at the Masters the last few years, not sure about the beef there and on Thursday and Friday, there is plenty of golf on TV and available to some extent through the Masters video feed and on Directv - it's really pretty good.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:34 PM

Wouldn't be very good theater ending on 12 or 13 as there are no patrons around those greens. Not a really good look to have it end in a spot where the fans are far away from the action....
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 08:48 PM

Man I love the Masters...

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:08 PM

can't wait! I was lucky enough to be there on Sunday last year and couldn't sniff 18 for the start of the playoff. I ended up heading for 10 green and hoping for two additional holes. The way that the property is set up would make it nearly impossible for a playoff to start anywhere but 18, unfortunately.
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:28 PM

Would love to see that annual email changed from "Sorry Chump" to "Congratulations!!". Been on the lottery list since the mail in days. Never picked


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:35 PM

More tv coverage. They have less coverage than any other major and most pga tour events.

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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:38 PM

View PostJackhammer993, on 07 March 2018 - 10:35 PM, said:

More tv coverage. They have less coverage than any other major and most pga tour events.

They have fewer commercials in four hours of coverage than the average tournament has in 45 minutes.
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 10:58 PM

View PostSean2, on 07 March 2018 - 10:38 PM, said:

View PostJackhammer993, on 07 March 2018 - 10:35 PM, said:

More tv coverage. They have less coverage than any other major and most pga tour events.

They have fewer commercials in four hours of coverage than the average tournament has in 45 minutes.

Extra time to show panoramic views of the flower laden water banks, while the piano and birds softly sound!!! I kid, I kid. I like the majesty of the coverage as much as the next guy....
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:13 PM

Great idea, OP. I understand that it is logistically inconvenient but the juice is surely worth the squeeze in this case!
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:50 PM

That’s true and something I didn’t think about with the commercials. But I could literally start watching from the first tee shot through the final putt for all days and not think it was to much. I love this tournament and am so happy to see it come and so sad to see it go every year.


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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:57 PM

The green jacket ceremony in the Butler Cabin.
I mean, think about it: Some old bloke asks a young guy to follow him to a cabin in the woods to "try on some new clothes".
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Posted 07 March 2018 - 11:59 PM

Two hole aggregate playoff! Holes 10, 18. :)
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:08 AM

Jim Nantz

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 12:35 AM

View PostA.Princey, on 07 March 2018 - 08:16 PM, said:

My criticism is the limited network/Augusta tv coverage. Sat-Sun CBS and only CBS can show live/recorded footage and only during the limited afternoon window that CBS has allotted for it. Same goes for Thu-Fri on ESPN, with a few less theatrics... I don't care if more coverage does equate to more advertising, I'd like to see golf a couple hours sooner, at least on the first 2 days.

I agree on this. People don’t get to see the front alot and it’s plenty tough. I would kill to have tv kickoff at 11. On Thursday-Friday

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 02:40 AM

Please stop forcing everyone to call the fans patrons.


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 03:08 AM

Great for TV, poor for spectators. 12 is a bit eerie at times, because fans can't get up to view the green. The scene at 18 was great last year.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 03:32 AM

A playoff at the Amen corner would be great but in terms of logistic maybe not

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:15 AM

No rough. Get rid of the “first cut” and let the wayward balls run into the trees
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Posted 08 March 2018 - 04:54 AM

Leave the course alone. I imagine Bobby Jones would struggle to recognise the place. No other venue gets altered more and not all the changes are for the better. Playing 7 at 450 yards is just pandering to the longer, high ball hitters.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 07:39 AM

I would love to see that but as others have pointed out... the crowd is already at 18.
Plus lets be honest... Augusta's not really at the forefront of embracing change.  How long did it take them to have women members?   what year did they stop enforcing black only caddies?
Still a great tournament to watch, with a spectacular venue


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Posted 08 March 2018 - 08:06 AM

View PostSocrates, on 07 March 2018 - 04:33 PM, said:

The one thing I enjoyed was the slip n slide event on the first fairway when it rains.  That is must watch TV and it never gets shown.  It should be an annual event.  Nothing better than someone in flip-flops or their penny loafers skidding down the fairway and making the walk of shame out the front gate.

People can't see the ridiculous slopes on TV.  Crazy stuff.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 08:14 AM

One thing? Jim Nance.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 08:17 AM

Get rid of the Butler Cabin presentation of the jacket. One presentation is enough.

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 08:18 AM

How about Masters for women..  I think that would be cool..

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Posted 08 March 2018 - 08:29 AM

I doubt LPGA players could hold some of the greens with the lower flights and less backspin than the men.


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