Masters Presser Reactions and an Alternative History of Augusta National's Design
This midweek Masters episode starts with Garrett offering some solo thoughts on the pre-tournament press conferences at Augusta National (0:34). He touches on ANGC chairman Fred Ridley’s announcement of a partnership with a local muni as well as Ridley’s diplomatic but telling comments on the USGA and R&A’s efforts to roll back the golf ball in elite competitions. Also assessed are Dustin Johnson’s and Jon Rahm’s reactions to the newly lengthened 13th hole. Garrett then brings on golf historian Bob Crosby (@otey71) to explore an alternative take on the history of Augusta National’s course design (14:49). Bob takes Garrett through the origins and evolution of the third, eighth, seventh, and 10th holes at the Masters venue and offers a compelling interpretation of why they changed—or, in the case of the third hole, didn’t change—and what it all meant.