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My mate Paul Mayo as just WhatsApp'd me a photo of himself playing with "Jack" at the 1988 Masters... that's not a bad little memento to have is it? Not sure how to top that! :)
erm - I watched Jack Nicklaus do a short exhibition on the practice hole of Whitecraigs Golf Club back in 1983...hmmm - I watched from the pavement of the main road running alongside...not exactly Augusta...:)
 
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The reason for the hype is that the extra distance is more like 40 yards, which makes a huge difference. That's the narrative at the moment, and BdC is feeding the story. We'll find out tomorrow if the alleged big hitting feats have been exaggerated.
That's the thing - is it actually 40 yards extra? Maybe on someone like Fitzpatrick, but I don't think it is the same sort of difference against Rory, DJ, etc.

Best of luck to him, but it would be hilarious if he now missed the cut.
 

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That's the thing - is it actually 40 yards extra? Maybe on someone like Fitzpatrick, but I don't think it is the same sort of difference against Rory, DJ, etc.

Best of luck to him, but it would be hilarious if he now missed the cut.
Well, the hype suggests Rory, DJ etc are booming it 320 carry, and BdC is getting 360 carry. And BdC famously posted a photo of trackman numbers showing 400 carry. And there's some story going round social media about a practice round with Sandy Lyle where he was hitting wedge / short iron in to all the holes including the par fives, but that's not come from Lyle himself rather second hand via a friend of a friend had a conversation with someone who's daughter once went out with the brother of the caddy of Lyle, and he said Bryson hit it miles.

I would luv it, luv it, if it made no difference and he missed the cut. Equally would be hilarious if Bryson just went out and played a normal driver that went average distances and won it.
 

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It's stating the obvious but 360 is nuts isn't it. If you transfer that to your home course and a grind of a par 4 at 440 yards he's flicking it in from nowhere. Reckon he won't bother with the 48 incher after all but still be wedging in to plenty of holes. Something weird's going to happen, hopefully a Rory win
 
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It's stating the obvious but 360 is nuts isn't it. If you transfer that to your home course and a grind of a par 4 at 440 yards he's flicking it in from nowhere. Reckon he won't bother with the 48 incher after all but still be wedging in to plenty of holes. Something weird's going to happen, hopefully a Rory win
The most impressive thing with Bryson is that his accuracy has remained relatively stable with such a drastic increase in CS.

Not at my course, most of the best scores have been when I've kept the driver in the bag.

The typical parkland course defiantly favours accuracy over distance, the greatest benefit is that you can hit 5 irons as opposed to woods which should be more accurate.
 

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Interested to see the lines Bryson will take off the tee. It will look especially open without the patrons.
Possibly down teh fairway as far as possible? I thought Watson is the guy for creative lines, and he can also hit it a bit. Not sure if there is anything to cut of that course, not familiar with the layout.


Anyway, but a couple of pounds on Bryson, Watson, Smith and Schwartzel. Who knows, if one of the later 2 comes off it could be a nice little earner.
 
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I will certainly be watching the Masters but I definitely don't feel as excited about it as I usually do.

Maybe it's true that the Masters traditional spot in the calendar gives it a huge advantage with no majors in the 8 months prior to it. Given we have had a couple of majors since August, we have not been quite so starved of major action.

I also think there's something about the Masters in April that means it's proper golf season. November is a depressing time of year golf wise while usually the Masters means you basically have 6 months of solid golf to look forward to with a lot of bright evenings, dry spells of weather and regular competitions coming up.
 

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It's stating the obvious but 360 is nuts isn't it. If you transfer that to your home course and a grind of a par 4 at 440 yards he's flicking it in from nowhere. Reckon he won't bother with the 48 incher after all but still be wedging in to plenty of holes. Something weird's going to happen, hopefully a Rory win
As a professional who's job it is to win tournaments and piles of cash it is game changing, whilst tours are compliant enough to set courses up to allow him to do this of course. From a pure enjoyment perspective it rules out half of the clubs in his bag, a whole stack of courses being a challenge and would make the game a lot less fun. He's a professional though and I don't know that fun comes into it for him, he has other goals.
 

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Getting very excited about this years event. I am just watching a very articulate Rory interview (clearly a repeat from earlier - in my defence I was in work). Would be great for him to get the career grand slam. I can't make up my mind if it's this year though.
 

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I will certainly be watching the Masters but I definitely don't feel as excited about it as I usually do.

Maybe it's true that the Masters traditional spot in the calendar gives it a huge advantage with no majors in the 8 months prior to it. Given we have had a couple of majors since August, we have not been quite so starved of major action.

I also think there's something about the Masters in April that means it's proper golf season. November is a depressing time of year golf wise while usually the Masters means you basically have 6 months of solid golf to look forward to with a lot of bright evenings, dry spells of weather and regular competitions coming up.
Hey! You miserable so&so!!
The weather's grim, we're all locked up. It's an international break, we'd normally be served up the silly season father&son stableford shootout....
And instead we have wall to wall proper golf. I couldn't be more pleased myself.
 

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The strange thing is everyone seems to forget that he wasn't the longest during the US Open.

Speed/distance is great but you still need to chip/putt well.

If distance was the ultimate goal then why aren't long drivers dominating the Tour as far more money to be made?
Read somewhere although not tried to validate that the US Open stat was total distance but he was ahead on carry, and that will apparently matter more at Augusta.
Maybe just part of the hype machine though.
I'll add a bit more 😉😁
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Hey! You miserable so&so!!
The weather's grim, we're all locked up. It's an international break, we'd normally be served up the silly season father&son stableford shootout....
And instead we have wall to wall proper golf. I couldn't be more pleased myself.
Agree with this. I've never been so excited for a Masters, absolute sweet Fanny Adams to do except park myself in front of Sky Sports Golf for the next four days. (y)
 
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