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6 hours ago, Shilgy said:

I wonder if they always planned that pin or a change due to soft conditions. We are all so used to how that normal position is played and it would have played vastly different with it so soft. 
The vaunted Sub Air system really did not seem to do its job this week.

 

I just finished watching the broadcast here (recorded it). The Japanese commentators said something about it being placed there because the usual position would become a mess in the wet conditions as all the players tramped over it, or something along those lines. I supposed the top layer dries out better.

I don't know whether they were passing on first-hand info they had got from the competition committee, or if it was just their speculation, but they sounded pretty definite on it.

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Congratulations to DJ, that was an outstanding win. He drove the ball really well on the back nine, and putted well, which is always important at Augusta. 

Interesting to hear that Cameron Smith became the first played to shoot in the sixties in all four rounds of the Masters. I sort of like that one record still remains to be broken: to shoot all four rounds in the sixties in the Masters AND win the tournament.

It was interesting to watch the tournament without crowds and grandstands as it gave me a much better idea of the layout. I've also not balls go down to the water on 15 before like Rory's did, and Im's nearly did, though I don't think that had anything to do with the grandstands.

Finally, I was curious to see if there would be a repeat of the 2016 US Open, when the cameraman followed behind DJ and his wife's backside on their way into the scorer's booth. None of that at Augusta, which just goes to show that the Master's is so much dullerclassier😝

 

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There are 4-5 guys who, when they get it going, are just tough to beat. Dustin, J Thomas, Rory, Brooks, maybe Rahm, maybe Bryson.  Helluva time to be a golf fan. Today, this year, DJ was clearly the best - and it was great to see all the emotion.  But golf is hard, guys get on runs. Can/will he sustain it next year?  It's like there are a bunch of 'almost Tiger' on tour.  Really great, exciting players.  Tough to really emerge from the crowd for a long time.  Maybe, though, this win for DJ will free him up to excel - it certainly sounds like that's what he wants.  Be fun to watch. 

 

And speaking of Tiger.  Somehow, that 10 followed by 75 birdies in a row, just adds to the legacy.  

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Late to the party because I watched the recording in Australia. Great performance by DJ but Im missed his one small opportunity.

 

DJ bogeyed 4 and 5 and the lead had shrunk to one. Im teed off first on the par 3 6th. If he had hit a good shot there it would have really applied some pressure and maybe given DJ the "oh no, here we go again" feeling at a major.

 

As it turns out, Im missed the green in a tough spot and DJ hit a great shot while knowing that Im would be struggling to save par. DJ birdied, Im bogeyed and he cruised from there. A stone cold killer like peak Tiger or Faldo might have taken that small opportunity but it was too much to ask at this stage from Im (showed great heart and touch the way he scrambled for his T2 on the back 9)

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I do not know how the majority here felt but I absolutely did not enjoy watching the coverage of this years Masters..

Without the spectators and the noise this was not only unappealing but no amount of great shotmaking and announcer's verbose articulation the the action and history of the event could make up for the lack of a gallery.

 

I guess the best thing I can say about it is that it was better than nothing but if it is going to be the new "normal" I wouldn't be surprised if everyone involved in the the tv coverage better look for another job..

 

Sorry for my gloomy remarks in light of more serious problems the whole world is facing but as someone who has faithfully watch all Masters coverage as far back as I can remember I just can't help it..

 

...I will however congratulate DJ for winning his second major and wish him the best in the future..

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12 hours ago, disco111 said:

Was anyone else disappointed with the pin placement on 16? Back left was always, as far as I can remember, the final round placement and it lent itself to some great moments and a possible turning point in the tournament. 

 

Not really. The usual position is way too generous, that green needs a rethink.

 

id have to put an asterisk next to djs name for this one. Not a real Masters imo, too soft. And buggy tracks in the second cut? I was iffy about them holding this tournament, I still think they should have left it. 

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2 hours ago, jmvargas said:

I do not know how the majority here felt but I absolutely did not enjoy watching the coverage of this years Masters..

Without the spectators and the noise this was not only unappealing but no amount of great shotmaking and announcer's verbose articulation the the action and history of the event could make up for the lack of a gallery.

 

I guess the best thing I can say about it is that it was better than nothing but if it is going to be the new "normal" I wouldn't be surprised if everyone involved in the the tv coverage better look for another job..

 

Sorry for my gloomy remarks in light of more serious problems the whole world is facing but as someone who has faithfully watch all Masters coverage as far back as I can remember I just can't help it..

 

...I will however congratulate DJ for winning his second major and wish him the best in the future..

 

I felt the same way. I tried to get into it because I like DJ but just couldn't.

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14 hours ago, PZero said:

2017 Masters thread had 122 pages and there are normally 400+ users in the thread at the peak.

 

Surprised by the lack of interest.

 

The leaves aren't going to pick themselves up. Also, it's usually in April when the weather isn't good enough to golf in. But, we could play yesterday. It's a different month. Watch come april.

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I felt the lack of fans was an issue in terms of the drama and for that it was missed. But the upside was it put the course on a better display. The beauty of the layout and terrain showed through more. It's the game's Mona Lisa. The only thing that was lacking was firmer greens and if it rains, well what is there to do. As the years pass, the front nine gets better & better.

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Just now, bladehunter said:

Anybody else beside me gain some respect for DJ after his interviews , especially the one with Amanda on the 18TH green ?  
 

there’s a little more going on up there than we give him credit for if a guy  can have that much trouble talking about it .  This clearly indicates he is a duck  on the pond with regards to thought.  The guy literally couldn’t speak he was so overcome with joy inside.  .  That’s rare to see.  

Everyone thinks these guys are robotic and don't care.  DJ is another great example of a guy that just keeps it in.  He doesn't get up too much or down.  He just moves on to the next.  That rare show of emotion was cool to see.  The tournament wasn't quite the same, but it was still the Masters.  I'll take solace in that.

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11 minutes ago, bladehunter said:

Anybody else beside me gain some respect for DJ after his interviews , especially the one with Amanda on the 18TH green ?  
 

there’s a little more going on up there than we give him credit for if a guy  can have that much trouble talking about it .  This clearly indicates he is a duck  on the pond with regards to thought.  The guy literally couldn’t speak he was so overcome with joy inside.  .  That’s rare to see.  

 

Yeah a little

 

i get the vibe that he is quite well liked by his fellow pros. Well, apart from one, obviously 

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6 minutes ago, bladehunter said:

Anybody else beside me gain some respect for DJ after his interviews , especially the one with Amanda on the 18TH green ?  
 

there’s a little more going on up there than we give him credit for if a guy  can have that much trouble talking about it .  This clearly indicates he is a duck  on the pond with regards to thought.  The guy literally couldn’t speak he was so overcome with joy inside.  .  That’s rare to see.  

100%.  Would much rather see DJ win it and then talk about it rather than, oh let's say Bruce and his wish-I-was-playing-some-other-sport-golf-is-for-losers schtick. 

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11 hours ago, tiderider said:

but he's the first one to say "i don't care" as he rants about not being on anyone's radar enough ... 

 

I work with many engineers, on a daily basis. Very few are what I'd call "personable". Those that are, have moved up and away from actual engineering into higher positions because they *can* play well with others. 

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11 hours ago, Sean2 said:

If I were in that position, and the media was stayed away from me, I would be grateful. I could go out and chances are I wouldn't be recognized. Which would suit me just fine. 

 

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3 hours ago, GolfTurkey said:

As it turns out, Im missed the green in a tough spot and DJ hit a great shot while knowing that Im would be struggling to save par. DJ birdied, Im bogeyed and he cruised from there. A stone cold killer like peak Tiger or Faldo might have taken that small opportunity but it was too much to ask at this stage from Im (showed great heart and touch the way he scrambled for his T2 on the back 9)


I can't wait to watch Im some more. His short game is surgeon-like. Im may end up having a better short game than Mickelson, and he just doesn't miss drives. He is more of a machine than Bryson. 

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2 hours ago, milesgiles said:

 

Not really. The usual position is way too generous, that green needs a rethink.

 

id have to put an asterisk next to djs name for this one. Not a real Masters imo, too soft. And buggy tracks in the second cut? I was iffy about them holding this tournament, I still think they should have left it. 

Agreed on the pin on 16.  Frankly I'd like to see them rethink a bunch of the Sunday pins, or at least mix them up a little bit year to year, rather than just doing the same thing year after year for "tradition" or whatever.

 

If we're going to start giving asterisks out though, I'd give them for lack of crowds, rather than conditions.  And I should be clear that I don't think we need to give asterisks out...BUT...if we were, hypothetically, I'd go with lack of crowds.  Who knows what DJ does if he's hearing roars from up ahead as Rory makes a charge or Cam hits yet another crazy recovery shot to 3'.  Though if we're going down that road I'd say that Morikawa and BAD get the bigger asterisks as it was the first major for each of them.  No crowds takes the pressure on them from about an 11 down to a 4 or 5, IMO at least.

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46 minutes ago, BlackDiamondPar5 said:

 

I'll take the contrarian point of view.  I like seeing the course without people because you can really enjoy the architecture.  Nor do I really don't care about galleries. I don't need people cheering to appreciate a golf shot.

 

The coverage of The Masters via TV, the website and App gets better every year and is unmatched by any sporting event.  Few commercials and 5 different channels of live coverage, what more could you ask for?

 

Sure, Sunday would have been more exciting if it were more of a horse race but that's not unique to this Masters.

 

Though I still prefer The Masters in April, mainly because the course is more colorful, higher sun angle and it symbolizes the end of winter and start of golf season for many of us, I still think this was an epic event. One that I enjoyed very much.

hopefully, there will at least be limited fans in april ... we all want this 'thing' to end, but one more shot at viewing augusta, in its prime form, would be nice ... it's not really the tournament, even, that i want to see ... it's the course ... 

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16 minutes ago, jmck said:

Agreed on the pin on 16.  Frankly I'd like to see them rethink a bunch of the Sunday pins, or at least mix them up a little bit year to year, rather than just doing the same thing year after year for "tradition" or whatever.

 

If we're going to start giving asterisks out though, I'd give them for lack of crowds, rather than conditions.  And I should be clear that I don't think we need to give asterisks out...BUT...if we were, hypothetically, I'd go with lack of crowds.  Who knows what DJ does if he's hearing roars from up ahead as Rory makes a charge or Cam hits yet another crazy recovery shot to 3'.  Though if we're going down that road I'd say that Morikawa and BAD get the bigger asterisks as it was the first major for each of them.  No crowds takes the pressure on them from about an 11 down to a 4 or 5, IMO at least.

+1 , does rorys US a open have an asterisk??

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15 minutes ago, jmck said:

Agreed on the pin on 16.  Frankly I'd like to see them rethink a bunch of the Sunday pins, or at least mix them up a little bit year to year, rather than just doing the same thing year after year for "tradition" or whatever.

 

If we're going to start giving asterisks out though, I'd give them for lack of crowds, rather than conditions.  And I should be clear that I don't think we need to give asterisks out...BUT...if we were, hypothetically, I'd go with lack of crowds.  Who knows what DJ does if he's hearing roars from up ahead as Rory makes a charge or Cam hits yet another crazy recovery shot to 3'.  Though if we're going down that road I'd say that Morikawa and BAD get the bigger asterisks as it was the first major for each of them.  No crowds takes the pressure on them from about an 11 down to a 4 or 5, IMO at least.

 

 

Id go with both. Crowds are a big factor, so is the softness of the greens. Was it second day dj and Rory barely made the front edge of the ninth, which in every single year would have ended up at the bottom of the hill 60 yards away? 7 as well, numerous balls holding up there on the collar.

it was relatively quite hard to make the usual Augusta mistakes this year. Even 15 after laying up, it’s still a small target to a firm green. Took a lot of pressure off the leader, I’ll call it half a major..

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12 hours ago, ATLgopher said:

 

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Hope DJ is dominate for a few years in majors so I can hear Bruce cry more

Brooks mentioned again about no coverage ????

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Rory pls figure out “round 1 (insert tournament name ) 

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