Made you wonder who would get a letter next.
Dear Mr. Ballesteros...
Dear Mr. Jordan...
Dear Senator Thurmond...
At least Palmer got a send-off, instead of a shove-off, and thank God, because the throngs roared their farewells at every hole. Grown men wiped their eyes on their sleeves for the man who popularized the Masters. "Seems like he's been here since there was daylight," Woods said wistfully. And now that he's gone, it seems just a little darker.
Will you miss this place, Arnie? a reporter asked him with gravity.
"Nah," he said.
Why not? said the surprised writer.
"I'm a member!"
What was done to toughen up the course will make it easier for guys like Jack Nicklaus to leave too. Augusta National is now longer than The Green Mile. Johnson increased the length of nine holes, some, like the 18th, by 60 yards, and added trees everywhere. "On 18 you've got to drive it up a gnat's ass," said Greg Norman, memorably. There were more three-woods hit this week at the Masters than at the Duluth Lions Club Invitational. Only the constant rains kept the scores low. If there had been any wind, over par would've won this thing. And will next year.