Geoff Shackelford has a bit of a snarky note about some recent comments by Stephen Ames as he heads to Augusta.
“When you compare it to the other major events, it is the weakest field technically. There are only 90 players (at the Masters); the top 50 players in the world are guaranteed. Of those 90, there are 20 old guys still playing, past champions, who shouldn’t be playing golf. So, technically, it’s a field of 70.”
Which led Shackelford, who is blogging on the Masters for Golf Digest this week, to point out that maybe former Players champions shouldn’t be in the field, ignoring the fact that Ames would get in for being in the Top 50 in the world as well.
Shackelford’s blog, as well as another good one called Golfwatch.com, both linked to a Toronto Star story written by Jim Byers, the paper’s on again, off again golf writer. Byers defends the notion of “old guys,” pointing out Fred Couples could win:
And what about Fred Couples? He’s in the field as a former champion, and he could win another green jacket if his supply of Robaxacet holds out.
We know what Tiger Woods did to Ames at the match play tourney a couple years back after Ames suggested Woods’ wasn’t at the top of his game. We wonder if Boom-Boom, as Couples is known, will have a word with Mr. Ames at Augusta next week or simply let his clubs do the talking.
I guess I’m surprised that someone would challenge Ames on what is clearly a truism — the Masters is far from the strongest field.