John Huggan at The Scotsman reflects on the, “Highs and lows among Augusta azaleas”.
For sure it’s not St Andrews
The opening passage in this post may suggest it’s one of John’s “Highs” but not so it’s one of his lowlights.
John writes, “But this perfection has little or nothing to do with the game Scotland gave to the world. Not real golf, anyway. One of the great fascinations of the ground between tee and green is surely its inherent unpredictability and randomness. Eliminate both to the extent that we see every April and something is lost.”
“We’re not in Kirkintilloch any more” or for that matter Scotland’s more renowned Old Course.
And, “wouldn’t it be fun, just now and then, to watch the game’s leading exponents hitting shots from something other than perfect fairway lies?”
Don’t you dare you damned Dane
James Maloch commenting on Huggie’s article writes, “Well said Mr Huggan. Our US writers are scared to write anything negative about the Masters for fear of Billy's hammer. It's my least favorite of the majors, CBS makes it unwatchable. Give me The Open any day.”
Given that Mr Huggan has a record of uncomplimentary remarks about the Masters and the management of same, it continues to amaze me he's permitted entry to the premises. Which is more than can be said for a Dane who was told don’t you dare come back.
“Some things never alter, of course. Heaven forbid any member of the press corps should carry a mobile phone set to silent outside the media centre (a Danish television guy was ejected for doing so on his way in this week, before anyone was even on the golf course).”
Long live “The King”
It was The King’s arrival at the aforementioned St Andrews which helped to resurrect the status of the Open Championship. Arnold Palmer came but didn’t quite conquer the first time round however for those of us who watched him over those four historic days at the Old Course we will never forget the mana of the man who came to be called, “The King”.
In regards to the Thursday morning opening ceremony it comes as no surprise to read.
“At 85, Arnie went as far as getting a cortisone shot that would allow him to make just the one swing. Which was more than enough. This is a tribute to past greatness that has always been a credit to the Augusta National club.”
Link to John Huggan
Quote of the Day
“Augusta has charm but not all is blooming lovely in the Masters garden” – John Huggan