This year’s Masters was one for the ages. As even casual golf fans are likely aware, 21-year-old sensation Jordan Spieth led the tournament from wire to wire, holding tight to the top spot even on Sunday as the majority of this era’s best golfers put up great round after great round in an effort to snag the green jacket
In becoming the tournament’s second-youngest victor while winning his first-ever Major, Spieth introduced himself to the world last weekend in a big way. However, CBS and Augusta National missed their chance to really kick the party into high gear with their post-event green jacket presentation and interview. After Spieth drained his final put, he celebrated briefly with friends and fans. Then, he was ushered inside where he (presumably) handed in his scorecard and then, as is tradition at Augusta, was congratulated, interviewed, and presented with his green jacket inside the facility’s Butler Cabin.
Butler Cabin has served as the location for the Masters post-event winner interview and green jacket presentation for the past 50 years. There’s no doubt that it’s steeped in history, as are many aspects of the Masters (the Champions’ Dinner and player-selected menu, the honorary tee shot, the white caddie jumpers, the “Crow’s Nest” accommodations for the tournament’s amateur participants, etc.). However, from my point of view… it’s a bit of a buzz kill. After seeing Spieth’s epic performance come to a close Sunday night, my family and I were excited to see him celebrate (and to see the crowd celebrate him), and get a sense of his personality and level of excitement at having just played the tournament of a lifetime. Instead of a raucous 18th green party, though, we got… a few quys talking quietly in a stately room, the donning of the jacket, and then an awkward, overly-long close-up of Spieth’s face.
Don’t get me wrong – I LOVE the Masters, and I love many of the tournament’s old fashioned traditions. However, the rule-makers at Augusta may want to consider switching this particular tradition up next year. Think about moving that first interview and jacket presentation outside – doing so would be a great way for TV viewers to get a true sense of the excitement on the grounds, and feel like part of the moment.
What do you think – should that first green jacket presentation stay inside? Let Turnkey blogger Emily Huddell know what you think!