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Tuesday , June 27, 2017  
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  Masters Week  
 
 
 

Masters week is here and all the great traditions of golf come alive this first week in April. Not only are the azaleas in bloom, the anticipation of gallery roars and great golf but the golf pundits pontificating as to who are the favorites for this year’s event. I enjoy predicting players as much as the next guy but some of these guys can be a complete embarrassment to golf.  Maybe they should review their comments after the tournament and see how ridiculous they sound. They are chatter heads that overstate the obvious; “he really needs this putt”, or the classic “Tiger wants to make this putt”.   

NBC broadcast team Dan Hicks and Johnny Miller called the favorite of this year‘s Masters to be Phil after his Shell Houston Open win this past weekend. Since Mickelson’s incredible weekend performance of 63-65 they deemed him to be the favorite for this week’s Masters.  Miller claimed “it was up in the air, anybody’s guess until today and now Phil is the favorite”. Three weeks ago they were making side by side comparisons Phil & Tiger, they are both struggling…….blau blau blau but wait Tiger had a final round 65 at Doral so now he is on track, what is going wrong with Phil blau blau blau.  The whole discussion was absurd.

I’m so tired of the announcers looking at every shot or score as the moment the tide will turn and they will then go on to win the next five tournaments.  Everyone wants to be the first to make the call. Sorry, golf does not work like that.  To illustrate the point listen to a player being interviewed at the end of their round.  The player at times looks bewildered as to the questions they are asked. Often the media personality lacks a real insight to pose a thoughtful question so instead they ask “what does this mean to you”.  The athlete should respond “I don’t know maybe you should tell the viewing audience what it means”.

It will be no different this week. We will hear an over analysis of the everything from the past records and how they predict the outcome  to the odds of a player winning after eating spare ribs on the eve of the opening round.

Watch and listen as the broadcast team and its producers search for interesting factoids to fill time.  The one savior of this week’s coverage, there will be a limit to the amount of commercials aired thanks to Augusta guidelines. In addition Gary McCord’s comments are unwelcome at Augusta so he will be absent from the coverage. If the CBS crew can keep their chatter to a minimum and give credit to the players, Augusta National Golf Club and its traditions then we are in for a great week of golf.

 
 
 
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