All Things Augusta: 2011 Masters Survey

2011 Masters
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The 2011 Masters will be held April 7-10.

Golf Magazine anonymously polled 40 PGA Tour pros at four Tour events in 2011. All respondents had played in at least one Masters and cumulatively they'd played in nearly 200. The fan polling was conducted over four weeks on Golf.com. Of the 2,736 respondents, more than 80 percent said they have been watching the Masters for at least 10 years and nearly 30 percent said they have been tuning in for more than 30 years. Two in three fans said they plan on watching more than 10 hours of this year's Masters coverage.

WHAT THE PLAYERS THINK
What's the coolest Masters tradition?
Par-3 Contest: 40%
Champions Dinner: 22.5%
Green jacket to winner: 20%
"You would have to live in outer space not to know its significance."
Others receiving votes: No. 2 - 2.5%
"It's so not Augusta, which makes it cool."

What's the scariest tee shot at Augusta?
No. 12: 60%
No. 7: 12.5%
No. 1: 10%
No. 11: 5%
No. 13: 5%
No. 18: 5%

Do you think the tournament is less exciting since the course was lengthened?
Yes: 65%
"Yes, it's less exciting, especially on Sunday for obvious reasons. But they set it up right all four days last year."
No: 32.5%
"I think Billy Payne's done a good job of making it more exciting and bringing it back. Last year was very exciting."
Don't know: 2.5%
"I never played it before it was lengthened."

On which hole are you most liable to card an 'other'?
No.12: 37.5%
No. 11: 25%
"The drive is brutal and the hole is over 500 yards to a green you're 50 feet above."
No. 13: 10%
No. 15: 10%

Which hole should be bulldozed?
None: 32.5%
"Are you kidding me? There's too much history."
No. 7: 17.5% "The back tee should be bulldozed."
No. 11: 17.5%
"You're hitting a long iron into a small green guarded by water. It's too severe."
"It should be shortened, not bulldozed. Bulldoze the tee."
No. 4: 12.5%
Others receiving votes: No. 5 - 5%

If you could be guaranteed that one part of your game stayed in top form throughout Masters week, which would you choose?
Putting: 85%
Driving: 5%
Iron Play: 5%
Chipping: 5%

What's your biggest pet peeve about the event?
That the grass is mown green-to-tee to reduce roll: 45%
"Such a petty way to screw with the players. It's already long enough out there, and mowing it like that makes it very inconsistent for chipping around the greens as well."
Nothing! It's perfect the way it is: 27.5%
"It's my favorite tournament every year and I can't wait to go back there."
Course changes of last 10-plus years are too drastic: 20%
"It could lose 100 yards."
Invitation policy creates the weakest field of the majors: 7.5%

How soon before Augusta National admits a woman member?
Never: 62.5%
10 years: 17.5%
20 years: 12.5%
5 years: 7.5%
"I would say they will admit a woman member when the right woman member comes along."

Does it bother you that the club's membership excludes women?
The players say... No: 90%
"Nothing about the club's policies bothers me."
"It's their club. They can do as they like."
"You're asking the wrong people this question."
Yes: 10%
"Yeah, I care, and you can quote me on it." —Bubba Watson

Would you rather win one Masters, two U.S. Opens or three PGAs?
Three PGAs: 52.5%
"No brainer."
"That's a tough one. No Australian has ever won the Masters."
Two U.S. Opens: 35%
One Masters: 12.5%
"Double major-winner is big, but PGAs go unnoticed."
"Ooh, good question. Very good question."

Do you wish former champs would hang it up when they've become uncompetitive?
No, they've earned the right: 72.5%
"They've earned the right to play as much as they want."
"As long as they don't shoot 90 and hold up play."
"The fewer guys I have to beat, the better."
Yes, give someone else a chance: 27.5%
"Move on if you can't break 75. The field strength needs to be better."
"An age limit or a competitive limit makes sense."

Is Tiger or Phil more likely to win the 2011 Masters?
Tiger: 57.5%
"Something good has to happen for that guy."
Phil: 40%
"Phil's the favorite until he says he's not." It's a coin flip: 2.5%
"You guys are too obsessed with two people."

If you didn't receive it for winning the Masters, would you ever be caught dead wearing a green jacket?
No: 80%
"I got one for winning the Jisan Open in Korea, and it's never seen the light of day."
Yes: 20%
"For Christmas."

Which senior star is more likely to win the 2011 Masters: Fred Couples or Bernhard Langer?
Couples: 90%
"Hard to go against Freddie. He still bombs it and you need that at Augusta."
Langer: 10%

Should the club invite Gary McCord of CBS Sports back to the telecast?
Yes: 77.5%
"Yes, but they won't."
"What'd he do? That's all he said? Then yes, he should be invited back."
"Absolutely."

The roars at Augusta National are...
...as loud as advertised: 82.5%
...overrated: 12.5%
...louder than advertised: 5%
"Man, are they cool."

Which player would you most like to see win his first Masters?
Ernie Els: 37.5%
"How many time can you come that close?"
Davis Love III: 22.5%
Steve Stricker: 17.5%
Kenny Perry: 10%
Lee Westwood: 7.5%
No opinion: 5%

Tiger hasn't won a green jacket since 2005. How many more will he win?
One: 10%
Two: 37.5%
Three or more: 47.5%
I don't care: 5%
None: 0%

Do you believe Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne did the right thing when he publicly scolded Tiger Woods at the 2010 Masters?
No: 70%
"No, in the same way that Barack Obama shouldn't have said anything about Michael Vick. It's beneath him."
Yes: 27.5%
"Someone had to say it."
No comment: 2.5%

Does it bother you that the Masters field is the smallest in major golf?
No: 65%
"About right, I guess."
Yes: 30%
"Still not enough players in the field to match the other majors' strengths."
Don't know: 5%

WHAT YOU THINK
Do you believe the Masters should further extend its TV coverage?
Yes: 76.6%
No, the Masters' mystique is part of its charm, and limiting the coverage helps protect that mystique: 23.4%

The Masters' website offers additional live coverage of specific holes. Is online viewing an appealing option to you?
Yes: 70.9%
No: 29.1%

If you couldn't record the telecast of the fourth round, would you rather...
...stay home and watch on TV: 68%
...or play a round for free at the best course in your area: 32%

Do you believe Augusta National Chairman Billy Payne did the right thing when he publicly scolded Tiger Woods at the 2010 Masters?
Yes: 53.3%
No: 46.7%

Does it bother you that the Masters field is the smallest in major golf?
No: 89.6%
Yes: 10.4%

Does it bother you that the club's membership excludes women?
No: 78.1%
Yes: 21.9%

The Masters' tinkling piano music...
...is a great tradition: 73%
...needs a tune-up: 21.3%
...makes my skin crawl: 5.7%

Would it bother you if Augusta conserved water and let the fairways go slightly brown?
Yes: 66.1%
No: 33.9%

Which player would you most like to see win his first Masters?
Ernie Els: 37.5%
"How many time can you come that close?"
Steve Stricker: 20.4%
Davis Love III: 14.3%
Kenny Perry: 11.4%
Lee Westwood: 10.2%
Sergio Garcia: 6.2%

Tiger hasn't won a green jacket since 2005. How many more will he win?
Zero: 12.7%
One: 27.9%
Two: 45%
Three or more: 14.4%
I don't care: 5%

Phil Mickelson has three Masters titles at age 40. Will he catch Jack Nicklaus, who won six?
No: 94.3%
Yes: 5.7%

To which would you most like to win two tickets...
A state dinner at the White House: 13.7%
A party at the Playboy Mansion: 13.4%
The Super Bowl: 7.6%
Rounds 3 and 4 of the Masters: 65.3%

What was the most thrilling Masters of the last 25 years?
1986 (Nicklaus wins at 46): 41%
1997 (Tiger wins his first Masters by 12): 17.5%
2004 (Mickelson wins his first Masters): 13.8%

Would you rather play Augusta or attend the fourth round of the Masters?
Play: 90%
Attend: 10%

How much would you pay to play Augusta?
Up to $300: 36.6%
$300-$499: 23.7%
$500-$999: 17.2%
$1,000-$2,000: 9%
Whatever it takes! 13.5%

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