Masters blog: 5 thoughts on Nicklaus, amateurs and more

Jack Nicklaus speaks to the media during a press conference held during a practice round prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.

Jack Nicklaus speaks to the media during a press conference held during a practice round prior to the 2011 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 5, 2011 in Augusta, Georgia.

— In honor of Azalea, the grandest par 5 of all, an offering of five thoughts, observations, and curiosities:

• It’s becoming an annual affair, these international players having lunch to pick Jack Nicklaus’ brain before the Masters. Charl Schwartzel in 2011, Rory McIlroy last year, Nicolas Colsaerts this year. “We went fast, believe me,” Colsaerts said. Hey, what’s he expect? Free advice shouldn’t be a slow endeavor.

• Hate to break the news to Charlie Beljan and Matt Every, but there’s not much of a demand with anyone, anywhere for their thoughts on how the Masters field is drawn up.

• When officials from the USGA and the PGA of America joined to announce formation of the first “Drive, Chip & Putt Competition,” we assume they forgot to mention that there’ll be separate categories. The USGA will honor winners of the “non-anchor” category, PGA of America will cite those who win the “anchor” division.

• So many people jumped into the water off the 18th green following Inbee Park’s Kraft Nabisco win that the LPGA Tour was cited by California authorities for failure to have a lifeguard on duty.

• My mulligan for the game of golf? To go back and afford Lee Trevino the opportunity to treat the Masters differently. He should be a career major guy.

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