Before a major championship, I introduce the tournament, who I think will win, put in a bit of history, and all that. Not this year.
This year the message is different. This year might be the beginning of the end of The Masters at Augusta.
I got this off Alex Miceli’s The Morning Read a few days ago:
“Golf Channel’s Brentley Romine…According to Carl Paulson, co-host of “Inside the Ropes” on SiriusXm PGA Tour Radio, DeChambeau teed it up last week with Sandy Lyle, the 1988 Masters champion, and the reports from Lyle were ‘jaw-dropping.’
“Here’s a recap, per Paulson via Lyle, of what DeChambeau hit into some of the holes”
No. 1 (Par 4, 445 yards): Sand wedge
No. 2 (Par 5, 575 yards): 8-iron
No. 3 (Par 4, 350 yards): Flew the green with 3-wood off the tee
No. 8 (Par 5, 570 yards): 7-iron
No. 9 (Par 4, 460 yards): Sand wedge
No. 10 (Par 4, 495 yards): Pitching wedge
No. 11 (Par 4, 505 yards): 9-iron
No. 13 (Par 5, 510 yards): 7-iron (hit 3-wood off tee)
No. 15 (Par 5, 530 yards): 9-iron
No. 17 (Par 4, 440 yards): Sand wedge”
And here is what Miceli said on today’s TMR.
Six years ago I posted in this space that the distance the pros were starting to hit the ball could make Augusta obsolete in a few years. That time might have arrived.
Bryson dismantled Winged Foot. We’ll see if he does the same thing to Augusta, which was no rough to speak of.
And then, since there is only one course on which The Masters and be played, and in, say, five years it cannot stand up to just being run over, what then?
If this year is the beginning of the end of The Masters at Augusta, is it also the beginning of the end of The Masters?