Friday, March 30, 2012
The Masters Sudden Death Playoff
The Masters is the only major championship that has a sudden death playoff system. The U.S. Open has an 18 hole playoff on Monday, the British has a four hole aggregate, and the PGA has a three hole aggregate.
Sudden death playoffs can be good, but if a guy hits one bad shot, he could be done immediately after playing well for four rounds. Ideally, it would be great if they made it into a three hole aggregate using holes 11, 12, and 13. This would be three of the most famous holes in golf, a par-4, par-3, and par-5. It would create an even larger amount of drama by having the players go through such a tough but famous set of holes again.
They currently start a playoff at 18, then go to 10, 11, and so on. This is decent but playing Amen Corner would be better.
The most recent playoff occurred in 2009 when Angel Cabrera defeated Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell on the third playoff hole. Prior to that, Tiger defeated Chris Dimarco on the first playoff hole in 2005.