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The grandstands are up at Augusta…and you can see the course changes for the 2022 Masters



With so much going on in the sport, it’s gives a warm glow to know that we are now less than a month away from the start of the immovable feast that is The Masters.

Having held the event twice during lockdown, both with restricted access for any crowds, Augusta will come alive with what promises to be a record attendance for the first ‘full’ Masters since 2019.

On Tuesday, @EurekaEarthPlus posted an aerial view of developments at the hallowed course, announcing: ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, The Grandstands!!!”

From the photograph, the course looks in magnificent condition, hardly a pine straw out of place, trees looking trimmed and ready, and the many grandstands creating the best amphitheater in the sport.

Away from the glamour of the occasion, the photo shows some of changes to the course as suggested in the media guide, released in mid-February.

In the guide, among the amendments listed were, for the 11th hole, “Masters tees moved back 15 yards and to the golfer’s left. Fairway re-contoured and several trees removed on right side.” And for the 15th, “Masters tees moved back 20 yards and fairway re-contoured.”

The combines extra 35 yards will make the par-4 11th even more difficult, whilst players will now need to decide whether to go for the par-5 15th in two, something almost ‘given’ in previous years.

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Masters is almost here!!!

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  3. Sam

    Mar 19, 2022 at 6:54 am

    Where? Where does the photo show either of those changes?

  4. Esculapio

    Mar 18, 2022 at 3:57 am

    I don’t understand the reason behind tree removal on 11th. We’ve seen lot of tricky shots over the years from that area.
    Added length is necessary, I’m pretty sure next year they will move also the 13th tee way back.

  5. El Culebraso Masivo

    Mar 17, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    Augusta National has displaced more people out of their homes than any recession or inflationary policies.

    Got to love the power of the worthless dollar.

  6. El Culebra Owns You

    Mar 17, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    Brought to you by the land thieves of Augusta.

    Junk tournament!

    • Bob

      Mar 17, 2022 at 10:04 pm

      Standing next to the Federal Reserve junk currency printing press has benefits.

  7. El Cumbre

    Mar 17, 2022 at 3:34 pm

    Augusta National; stealing property from the citizens of Augusta one eminent domain ruling at a time.

  8. El Hijo de Culebra

    Mar 17, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    So how much more private property has Augusta National stolen via eminent domain from the citizens of Augusta?

    Disgusting entity!

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup



Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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Hotel issue forces Patrick Reed to withdraw from latest DP World Tour event



Patrick Reed has dealt with some criticism over the past few months for choosing to play in DP World Tour events after making the controversial move to join LIV Golf.

When the former Masters champion made his decision, he made comments about wanting to spend more time with his kids.

“It wears on you as an athlete, wears on you as a person, as a father, and this is for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said at the time. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and get ready for every single event and be able to be home, and even though I’ll be grinding at home getting ready, I’ll be able to spend time with the kids.”

Since the move, Reed has played in four events in September and was scheduled to play his fifth consecutive event this week at the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links.

However, Reed withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to back pain.

According to the 32-year-old, his mattress at the Versailles hotel during the Open de France was too soft and it caused an injury.

“The mattress was just too soft for me,” Reed said in an interview with Bernie McGuire from the Irish Golfer.

“I played well in the pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse.

“It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup.”

Reed added: “I first played the Dunhill Links back in 2011. It was my first European Tour event, so that’s another event I was looking forward to playing.”

He’s scheduled to tee it up once again at LIV Bangkok beginning on October 7th.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie just cemented his legacy with wild act at the Presidents Cup



Hideki Matsuyama might be the most recognisable player in Japanese golf. He may have also turned down the biggest offer from LIV to date:

However, in terms of showmanship, the 2021 Masters champion can’t hold a candle to his caddie.

Shota Hayafuji has bits and pieces of form on the China Tour, but since joining Matsuyama on a full-time basis at the Sony Open in 2019, he’s seen that arrangement celebrated at the 2022 running of the Waialae event and, of course, at Augusta.

After the one-shot victory, Shota went viral after bowing his head in respect, commenting that,” I bowed to the course mainly because I was thankful. I wasn’t thinking about doing it and it just happened — like an instinct.”

This time, though, he has stepped things up a level.

Yesterday, Golf Digest reposted a photo from Shoto’s Instagram in which he shows off the autograph of every one of the victorious U.S team members. Written on his body.

Nobody quite knows what is going on, or whether the winning side invited the International team to what looks like a raucous after- tournament celebration drink, but Shoto may well have to explain this as another ‘instinct’.

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