When Bubba Watson eagled 2 Saturday the response was predictable. No matter where you stood at Augusta National you heard the cheers. Bubba already led the Masters. If he continued his good work, the tournament would become less a competition than a coronation.
In other sports you'd boo if Bubba wasn't your guy. And if you didn't boo him, you at least would refrain from cheering him.
If this were NASCAR, a rule would be enacted to bring Bubba back to the pack. Debris would be discovered among the flowering cranapple -- cranapple sounds like a contrived healthy breakfast cereal -- flowering peach, juniper, holly, white dogwood or yellow jasmine.
Every sport has a tradition, and NASCAR's is to give everybody a chance, especially Danica and Junior.
Race fans would have booed Bubba the way they boo Jimmy Johnson or Kyle Busch.
Nobody boos in Augusta.
On an April 47 years ago Bobby Jones wrote: "Most distressing to those who love the game of golf is the applauding or cheering of misplays or misfortunes of a player. Such occurences have been rare at the Masters but we must eliminate them entirely if our patrons are to continue to merit their reputation as the most knowledgeable and considerate in the world."
Although Jones would have beens slammed on message boards, the statement is a testamwent to civility, and as true in 2014 as it was in 1967.