Grouchy old Jack Nicklaus criticizing Augusta National again
Now, he’s blasting Augusta National again, where he was a six-time Masters winner. Augusta has lengthened the course again, for the second time in five years, and Nicklaus says the old club is taking light to medium-length hitters out of contention.
“All I want is for Augusta to be Augusta, because it’s such a great tournament,” Nicklaus told AP. “But, when you take a golf course and limit the number of people who have the ability to win…their intention is not to do that. But, they’re doing that.”
If Nicklaus had his way, we’d all still be playing with “mashies” on courses never over 7,000 yards. Nicklaus was the greatest golfer of his time, and the problem is he’s never been able to escape “his time.” The game is changing dramatically and there is nothing anyone, including Nicklaus, who can do anything about it.
It isn’t as if everyone on the PGA Tour doesn’t have access to the same equipment. Nicklaus was a power golfer himself when he was dominating. If you want to win on today’s Tour, find some distance. The rest of us are certainly trying to.
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Ron Mon's latest blog is a testament to the above (Why Luke Donald and Sergio Garcia will tank in majors).
Nicklaus has a point about Augusta. It's not a bad idea to leave certain courses the way they were originally designed.
a few years ago to try to make it
harder for Tiger to win....DIDN'T
Sorry, I tend to agree with Jack about this one....and Stacey. Leave
Augusta National alone.
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