White found Parnevik on the practice range and asked him if the fan was correct, but Parnevik couldn't remember. As Parnevik and White were trying to locate the other members of Parnevik's group—Tim Herron and Tiger Woods—they bumped into Duncan. "Did you see Jesper brush the ground?" White asked.
"Yes," said Duncan.
White had no choice but to disqualify Parnevik, who had shot 69 that day and would have made the cut by a stroke, for having signed an incorrect scorecard. "Duncan was very specific that Jesper did in fact [brush the ground with his glove]" said White, "and Jesper was a gentleman about accepting the penalty."
Parnevik, who says he had been considering parting ways with Duncan for a couple of weeks, wasn't such a gentleman after he was penalized. Parnevik fired him on the spot.
Rating Augusta's Changes
The Pros Love 15 but Hate 17
The great debate over the changes at Augusta National continued to rage last week at the MCI Classic, so SI took a survey of the players. We asked 25 pros who had played in the Masters to rate the changes—specifically, the addition of rough and the modifications made to the 2nd, 11th, 15th and 17th holes. The players assigned a number (one for strongly dislike, two for dislike, three for neutral, four for like and five for strongly like) to each change. Four pros felt so strongly about the way the 17th hole was altered that they gave its changes a zero (chart, left).
The players were almost unanimous in their support of the rough. "Off the tee you still don't have to be too straight, but if you are, it helps more than it used to," said Corey Pavin. Even Mark Brooks, who gave the lowest cumulative rating (12) for the changes, praised the 1⅜-inch-deep second cut "It makes you play shots the course was designed to demand," he said. "Take number 9. The best play into that green is a bump-and-run, and being in the rough forces you to play that shot."
The pros also had praise for the revamped 2nd, 11th and 15th holes, especially the 15th. "Finally  is an honest hole on which you have to hit good shots to make birdie," said Pavin. The only concern the players raised with 15 had to do with the new 35-foot-high pine trees to the right of the fairway. "The branches are so low you can barely punch out," said Brooks, who gave the hole a 2.5 rating.
The players blistered the new 17th, which was lengthened by 25 yards and tightened on the right by the same pines that were added to the 15th. Complaints focused on the difficulty of having to navigate tee shots around, rather than over, Eisenhower's tree and on keeping approach shots on the green. The tee is way too far back," said Lee Janzen.
"Can I give 17 a zero-minus?" asked Tom Lehman. Sure, but why? "No comment," he said.