- The Washington Times - Friday, April 6, 2007

The Rover would like to commend Lee Westwood (8-over 152) for his honesty. After a second-round 73, the Brit said what others have been thinking all week: The Greencoats have ruined the Masters in their attempt to protect the course’s integrity. Asked whether he still likes the Masters, Westwood said:

“Not really. Not any more. It just asks too many questions there is no answer to. When the course was shorter [and played firm], more of us would have had an answer. But now there are only six or seven people in the field who can win it. It is a bit of a shame because it used to be a shot-makers course, but now I don’t think it is.”

Call Westwood’s take sour grapes if you will, but the 2007 Masters simply hasn’t been much fun to play or watch. That was never the case in the days of drama and birdies before the Greencoats tacked 500 yards onto the layout.

What’s wrong with guys winning a double-digits under-par? Last time the Rover checked, the last dozen players to win at 10 under or better featured surnames that required no further explanation: Woods (1997, 2001-02, 2005), Singh (2000), Faldo (1990, 1996), Crenshaw (1984, 1995), Langer (1993), Couples (1992), Woosnam (1991), Ballesteros (1980), Player (1974, 1978), Watson (1977), Floyd (1976) and Nicklaus (1975).

Barker Davis

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