Rory McIlroy's decision to shut it down competitively in advance of Masters 'only sensible'
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Rory McIlory's decision to shut it down competitively after the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his quest to complete the career grand slam at the Masters is a sensible one, Ewan Murray of the Guardian writes. "The problem for someone in McIlroy's position was the relentless questioning over what lies ahead. Therefore, there is little point in suffering from mental fatigue before the 25-year-old even strikes a ball…He is far too courteous to object but it is only sensible for McIlroy to remove himself from increasingly intense discussions."
Ben Crenshaw will play in the Masters for the last time and his long-time Augusta National caddie and friend Carl Jackson is likely working his last Masters, too. "I'm one of the old tough guys of the Sand Hills," Jackson said in this story by David Westin of the Augusta Chronicle. "I'm not going to set myself up to be emotional. I say that, but those old guys (fellow Augusta National caddies) come to mind. We were poor, but we had fun…The members would help the caddies make it. They'd send a gift in the mail. To me, we were all family. We had problems like all families do, but we had our pride."
News that Arnold Palmer will design a course in Scotland is a good right, right? Not so fast. "It can…be argued that the last thing Scotland needs right now is yet another high-end American-style course whose expensive green-fees effectively eliminate the vast majority of golfing Caledonians," John Huggan writes in the Scotsman. "It would have been nice to see Palmer live up to his man of the people' image and attach his name to a family-friendly and affordable pay-as-you-play facility. But hey, even legends have to make money I guess."
"What would Bobby Jones think? If the late golf legend from Georgia Tech could come back to the Augusta National Golf Club he founded, he would find an infestation of Bulldogs," Scott Michaux of the Augusta Chronicle writes. "Bubba Watson won two of the last three green jackets, hollering Go Dawgs!' to his fans. When the 79th Masters Tournament tees off April 9, six former Georgia golfers will be in the field - seven if you count the one who played one season in Athens before transferring to Augusta State [Patrick Reed]."