Masters Chairman Billy Payne delivers state of the Masters

Masters Chairman Billy Payne delivers state of the Masters

“Well, no one wants to hear the roars and the excitement more than the members and the volunteers who put on the tournament,” Payne said.  “And it is true that through the years, we have become accustomed to those.  It is also true that, over the last couple of years, there have not been as many. I maintain that it has been a consequence of the difficult playing conditions, mostly attributable to the weather on the weekend days of the last several years."He continued: "You know, criticism hurts a little bit. It's like when you go to a piano recital of one of your granddaughters and you hear somebody say, ‘Boy, that's the worst kid I've ever seen.'  It hurts your feelings. I am hoping that the consequence of good weather and further thinking about the course and the strategic approach to the course through time will eliminate most of that criticism.”Payne had one other vital item to report, this time regarding concessions.“In response to the literally hundreds of comments we had,” he said, “I'm proud to say that our barbecue sandwiches, so popular on the course, are now being served heated.”He got a big laugh with that, but it served as a reminder that no detail is too small for the Masters chairman to get right.Satellite images of Augusta National in our Course Finder | Interactive Map Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images