"Put that on your soapbox, Mr. Nicklaus"

John Hawkins says the long ball talk going into the Masters turned out to be overrated because, among other things, Tim Clark finished second.

"Put that on your soapbox, Mr. Nicklaus," Hawkins blogs, though wouldn't it be fun to see him say that to Nicklaus's face!

"The course is a better test than ever, modernized to premium effect and willing to reward players of all shapes and sizes."

No mention of the narrowness possibly stripping the course of its identity (and unique place in the Grand Slam concept of differing tests), nor consideration of the overall effort to put players on the defensive to counteract a game out of whack.

I know, picky, picky.