Ed Hardin looks at Tom Fazio's changes to Augusta National in light of this year's setup and shares two very revealing quotes.
First, from Ben Crenshaw:
"You feel like the course is going to get you somewhere," the two-time champion said. "It doesn't matter who you are."Translation: way too much chance is involved. The course is playing the players, instead of the players playing the course (with apologies to Walter Hagen).
But this is just sad:
Above it all, standing near the spreading live oak atop the grand course, Tom Fazio had a gleam in his eye.
"This is what we've been looking for," Fazio said.
And there you have precisely why I have no respect for Tom Fazio as an architect. We have a tournament where the focus is on him, the committee, the setup and the changes, not the players and the joy of the patrons.
It's all about him.
And we know the great architects do not want it to be about them. They want it to be about the players and in the case of Augusta, a celebration of the game. That's what Bobby Jones and Alister MacKenzie were all about. That's why they're still revered, and why Tom Fazio's place in the game will not looked upon kindly.