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Van Sickle: Absolutely. That second shot on the 15th from the top of the hill, with water in play in front and over the green, is one of the most exciting shots at Augusta National. And if you go long with the second shot, you're facing the game's scariest chip shot. It used to be a great place to watch players lose the Masters. Move the tee up, entice more players to go for it in two.
Bamberger: What would you do with the rough? If I were the Masters czar, I'd get rid of it.
Van Sickle: Well, you just kissed your press credential goodbye for calling it rough instead of the first cut. I hope you enjoy standing outside the gates with the rest of the mob. Oops.
Garrity: I liked the Masters because it had that distinct personality among the majors. With no rough, I called it golf without guardrails. Players grumbled about U.S. Open rough, but they didn't have to think, they simply wedged back to the fairway. It's much more difficult when the ball runs through the fairway into the trees and pine needles. You have to be more creative. That's why so many Euros used to win—Seve, Ollie, Langer, Woosnam, Faldo. Have you noticed that no Europeans have won the Masters since they grew the rough?
Bamberger: Interesting point, John.
Garrity: We're saying the Europeans are the best golfers in the world right now. So why don't we put the course back into the condition where they can win the tournament?
Bamberger: You had more shots played out of the pine needles when there was no rough to stop the ball. What was the most exciting shot of last year's tournament? Phil hitting off the pine needles at 13.
Hack: It's still the Masters, and it's always great to be on campus there. But in the '90s without the rough, the course looked better. It just did.
Take Your Best Shot
Van Sickle: We just perfected time travel, and you can go back for an up-close-and-personal look at any shot in Masters history. Which would you go watch?