I have no informed opinion on the public financing implications of
the plan, but I do think it looks like a beautiful design.
But I will quibble with Andy’s title — “Only Love (and the Mets) Can
Break Your Heart.” Especially on this weekend, there is no doubt that
Augusta National can break your heart, too. First of all, there is
the natural beauty of the place, visible this year in glittering
high-def even on Thursday and Friday afternoon broadcasts. Then there
is the nature of the course, as solid shots spin back off the hard,
fast greens into Rae’s Creek. And few things in sport can break a
heart like the pressure of the Masters itself, as anyone who endured
Greg Norman’s fabled collapse can attest.
And for the true junkies, the Masters website is providing
unprecedented live web video. Though the official TV broadcast
doesn’t start for 3 hours, I am currently watching CBS’s
fully-featured Internet coverage of “Amen Corner” — holes 11, 12, and
13 for those of you not in the know. I expect golf fans all over the
country are getting nothing done today.