I read recently on Tiger Woods golf site (www.tigerwoods.com) the following quote “The course was very difficult, I didn’t hear as many roars as I usually hear”. He wasn’t making excuses, he talked about why he didn’t win and wasn’t because of the course. But he also said “I hear the club might be making some changes next year to give us a break”. Is Tiger sending a message and will Augusta National respond?
If you watched this year’s Masters, you know what Tiger is talking about. Like in most majors, except the Masters until a couple of years ago, the golfers had to really work hard to break par, and many didn’t A few years ago, the members at Augusta National did some work and supposedly “Tiger Proofed” the course. And the scores have been higher since that work was done.
So was Tiger sending a subtle message or request to those rich golfers over in Augusta? I personally don’t believe so. I am sure that many would argue. But it seemed to me, and Tiger even said it, that it was his putter that kept him from winning another major in his relentless march towards destiny. And Tiger is not a whining golfer.
And I, for one hope that Augusta National remains the same challenging golf course for 2009 that it was for 2008. That is one of the things that I enjoy about watching the Majors. We amateur golfers get to see the pros struggle, at least to some degree, with the game of golf like we do. I just don’t enjoy those golf tournaments where the winning score is somewhere around 23 below par.
And there are those that say that one of the reasons that we are no longer dominating the Ryder Cup is the easy to score golf courses that many of the PGA tournaments are held on these days. And there may be some merit to that argument.
So my message would be, “Don’t change Augusta National. Make more golf courses on the pro tour tougher and let’s see what happens then.” I like the setups for the major tournaments and I’m not saying make the rest of the year’s golf tournaments that tough, but these golfers are pros, so let’s see em work for it a little more often.