It was [Joe] Burbeck’s idea to develop one of these layouts along lines, which were to be severe to a marked degree. It was his ambition to have something which might compare with Pine Valley as a great test and although my continual travels over the country in the PGA work have prevented me from seeing play over Bethpage’s Black since its opening, I am rather inclined to believe from reports from some of the best players that it is showing plenty of teeth. A.W. TILLINGHAST
Awful Announcing summarizes the Tweets revealing the CBS final round ratings for the 2014 Masters, which they say hit a 10-year low. The 7.8 is down from a 10.4 last year and even from an 8.1 when Bubba Watson also won in 2012.
Ed Sherman says don't blame Tiger and Phil. I'm a bit shocked at some of the comments I've seen about the lack of a compelling cast. If Bubba fending off a huge mix of age groups, bonafide young guns Spieth and Fowler, along with the defending champion doesn't excite people, I'm not sure what leaderboard would. They only real fault lies in an excessive setup that stifled risk taking.
More interesting is this Classic TV Sports breakdown of the shots shown Sunday. Jordan Spieth led the way with 70, followed by Bubba at 68, Kuchar at58 and finished off by Lee Westwood at zero.
**Ed Sherman puts the numbers in perspective, suggesting that the viewers might have stayed with a more compelling back nine and that the Saturday and Friday drops are more alarming than Sunday, which was close to 2012.
**The combined weekend ratings were the lowest since 1954 says Sports Media Watch.
What else is open on a Sunday night after you've had dinner with the club brass for a little tide-me-over?
Ryan Herrington with the breaking news report on Bubba's Waffle House visit post Green Jacket 2, Tweeted about by Bubba.
Here's about all you need to know: Masters.com heats up around 11:45 a.m.-ish with the addictive Amen Corner Live coverage. The other spectacular feeds kick-in soon thereafter.
Golf Channel's Live From should be on in the background, and at 1 p.m. Jim Nantz Remembers zeros in on the dramatic Faldo victories in Augusta.
At 2 p.m, CBS carries the final round of The Masters. Viewing times here if you don't believe me.