Five questions (and a few answers) on the Monday morning of Masters week:
- Why have the Lords of The Masters turned their “toon-a-mint” into more of a U.S. Open slog lately when more benign scoring conditions led to more explosive leaderboard activity, particularly on Sunday? (Ben Crenshaw in his prime never would have won two Masters the way the course is set up today. Nor would Jack Nicklaus, at age 46, have won at today’s Augusta. Similarly, Adam Scott, if he had been in his prime in the ’80s, would have had a tough time beating Crenshaw, Nicklaus, Seve Ballesteros and a lot of other players.)
- Why are we always told that Fuzzy Zoeller is the only player to have won The Masters in his first appearance? (At the first Masters in 1934, won by Horton Smith, it was the first Masters for the entire field).
- Why did Michelle Wie (OK this isn’t a Masters related question but it’s relevant on the Monday morning of Masters week) insist on hitting so many sawed-off, knockdown shots at the Kraft Nabisco when her full swing is one of the most glorious in the game – male or female?
- What are the Aussies putting in their drinking water? (Four of them – Jason Day, John Senden, Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones – have won this year on the PGA Tour. And Scott is the defending champion at Augusta this week.)
- Who will Scott help into the green jacket Sunday? (I offer that rarest of prognostications: One that comes with no qualifiers. The winner of the 2014 Masters will be Zach Johnson.)