April Fools Day at The Masters


Just a brief post today, it being April Fool’s Day. What’s that got to do with golf psychology, you might well ask.

With the Masters being in early April, it’s no surprise to find a couple of hoaxes relating to that tournament. I’ve found two, if you disregard the disqualification of Roberto De Vicenzo in the 1968 Masters. Not a hoax as such, but worthy of mention anyway.

The Masters 1968 – The hoax was on Roberto De Vicenzo

The 1967 British Open Champion, De Vicenzo was in top form coming into the Masters and leapt into a tie with Bob Goalby with a closing back nine 31. Although the officials knew his correct score, they wouldn’t let him amend his card when they spotted that his playing partner Tommy Aaron had accidentally marked him down for a par 4 on the 17th rather than the birdie 3 everyone knew he had scored. Not only did they not allow him that one shot that would have sent him into a well-earned playoff, but they didn’t even accept the par 4 he signed for that would have put him in second place. They disqualified him. A true and unfair “hoax” result.

Golf Magazine 1990 – Public Access to Augusta National

Moving on with two more conventional and thankfully more amusing hoaxes involving the Masters, I’ll start with one from May 1990. That month in reporting the news from the Masters, Golf Magazine told its readers that it had good news for them. They explained that now anyone could play at hallowed Augusta National, the extremely elite private golf course where the Masters tournament is held.

The club was scheduling certain times when they’d allow public access. Not surprisingly, both Augusta National and Golf Magazine were inundated with calls from golfers eager to take divots out of the pristine fairways. The club was outraged and the magazine had to publish a full retraction.

Golfweek Insider 2008 – The hoax gambling debt

A blogger made up a hoax story about a certain leading golf professional losing 200,000 dollars gambling with members at Augusta National and then trying to get out of paying up. The blogger also attributed the story to Golfweek’s Insider Column and went on to suggest that the irate members who were owed money had dragged the player before the club chairman, who was said to have told him to pay up or get out of the tournament.

Now I need to stress that this was an April Fool’s day hoax and there is no truth in the story.

I’ll be back tomorrow on a self-hypnosis induced high with something more appropriate to this blog.

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