AUGUST, GA. (AP) – This week Fred Coops played a practice round in Augusta, and the other members of his quartet all shared a few things in common.
None of them were even half their age.
They all bombed their tee shots next to him.
And they listened to his advice.
“Well, I’m old,” said the ples.
Among the many bonuses for winning masters is this. Champions are recalled for life, which means it’s not uncommon to see players compete in their 60s or even 70s at Augusta National. There are 12 players on this year’s Masters who would not have qualified otherwise had it not been for the transition they took years ago to win.
Bernhard Langer was 63 years old when he cut the section last fall, becoming the oldest player to play for the Masters over the weekend. The 1985 և 1993 champion is back this year, as և 63-year-old Sandy Lyle և Ian Wosnam, 62-year-old Larry Mizen և Cou iger, a 61-year-old young man who had long since turned gray to dominate the length of Tee anymore.
He played on Monday against Xander Schaffle, Max Homa and Patrick Cantley. If they hit 9 irons in the greens, the pairs hit 6 irons.
Based on the results, the 1992 Masters champion Cou Uiger was not just unfavorable.
“We hit Xander և Max,” said Kentley. “Surprisingly, it is not uncommon for Fred to make 16 և 18 year old birds.
Masters accept history, like many other sporting events, as a tribute to past players, winners, and that’s one of the reasons why players like couples are still so revered.
Urine, 1987 The winner will play in his 38th consecutive Masters, Lyle in his 37th. Only six players have had longer rows in the tournament history. Lyle, whose Masters victory came in 1988, will be the 12th player to play in a total of 40 Masters. Langer is playing in his 38th, Cou Uiger in his 36th.
There are no mistakes. They do not expect defending champion Dustin John Onson to slip a green jacket over his shoulders at Butler Cabin early Sunday night.
They are here to play 36, maybe 72 holes if all goes well. They are here to see old friends and make new ones. They are here to see the azaleas, to tell stories at the Champions Dinner, to hear how such joys resonate in one of the golf shrines.
“I do not think there is a chance to win yet,” said Jose Maria Olazabal, 55, winner of the 1994 և 1999 Masters. “There is no chance, but it is always fantastic to come back here. This is a very special place for everyone who has won here, it’s what really brings us here. Champions dinner on Tuesday, seeing the place again, the flowers, the good weather this year. So there are many reasons why we should come here.
“Of course, I mean the golf course beats us pretty well, but it’s secondary at this point in our lives.”
1991 champion Vusnam said goodbye to the masters two years ago and believed he was retired. But surgery to relieve his back pain made him think about going back at least one more time և he is on the field this week.
“I’m just looking forward to going out there and enjoying two rounds,” Vusnam said. “I hope if it goes well, maybe I can come back in a few years.”
Vijay Singh, 58, is back this year thanks to the invitation of his life, which he won in 2000. He would not be here this week if he were not a former champion.
And it is not only the collection over 50 that enjoys this privilege. Ach ak son onson is 45 years old, 14 years away from winning. 2011 winner Charles Schwartzel is 36 years old. Danny Willett, who won just five years ago, is 33 years old. Oddly enough, if they had not won Augusta National before, they would not have qualified this year.
They can come back as long as they want. No one will mind, just as no one would mind, that players like Cou Uygers are at Augusta National this year, առնվազն probably for at least a few more years.
“The competition is that I conduct the course as well as I can,” said Couples. “And when it comes to devastation, then I probably played my last Masters.”
He was asked what was holding him back.
“The fact that they let me,” said Cou Uiger. “You know, it’s an honor to be here. I can still play. “
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