Last week we published a Thumbs Down about people who view Augusta from the outside and get things completely wrong.
“To David Livingston,” we wrote, “columnist for Sky Sports, who wrote a story about Augusta’s downtown during the Masters. It was supposed to be folksy and informative; instead, it was outdated, condescending and, in more than one instance, just plain wrong.”
A few days later, our point was proven once again when we received this letter from Tony Favero, who describes himself as a “Free-lance writer & Media Researcher.” He also sent the same letter to the San Jose Mercury News, who published as well.
Apparently, Favero really hates hazmat suits and doesn’t know who the current chairman of Augusta National is. So much for that media researcher title.
To the Metro Spirit:
I am truly alone in the wilderness in this view of the Masters Golf Tournament.
William Woodward “Hootie” Johnson of the Augusta National Golf Club once kicked some guy off his course for the horrific use of a range ball. Afterwards Hootie, alone in all major tournaments, compels that all caddies henceforth adorn what one can only portray as hazmat suits for the Masters. There is little that I have witnessed in any major/minor golf event that detracts so appallingly as viewing caddies wearing such attire. In my humble opinion the Masters should be relabeled the Masters Hazmat Golf Tourney. Such a gorgeous and stunning golf course, where the media speaks in hushed tones usually reserved by cloistered monks, about the “Eisenhower Tree” and “Amen Corner” is unquestionably marred by this tasteless apparel telecast worldwide. Such a spectacle is a travesty and an outrage to the dignity of this storied and historic event; not to mention appalling for the decorum and tradition of this gentlemen’s game. Most shocking of all is that nothing is ever mentioned of this in the media. Does the media truly dread Hootie’s response concerning this ghastly image cast on this sport of gentlemen and ladies and fear ostracism from the powers that be?
Forget the range ball, Hootie, and return dignity to the game of golf.
Half Moon Bay, California