Do nothing. The club usually resorts to this, and with good reason. There is no hard evidence that Woods has started a trend. The record he broke—in ideal weather—had stood for 32 years, and the fact that he won by 12 strokes argues against the notion that a pack of players is ready to do the same thing. The field's average score of 74.3 in '97 was the highest at Augusta in eight years, and higher than in Nicklaus's and Floyd's record-setting years.
"We should give a great athlete his due and not panic," says Floyd. Haas agrees. "I'm against a big change," he says. "If someone came into the NBA who was 7'5", could handle the ball like a guard and had a great outside shot, would raising the basket make any difference?" Miller likes the idea of an unchanging arena as a standard against which players and eras can be measured. Finally, why throw a wrench into the Masters star-making mechanism? Most fans loved seeing Woods tear up the place. "If you want to have Tiger win all the time, leave the course alone," says Nicklaus.
We will find out next week if the essential challenge of a classic tournament is being lost to an irresistible force. Another of Jones's tenets—"We are quite willing to have low scores made during the tournament"—will be tested. The guess here is that this will be the year that persuades the club to make some big changes.