Fuzzy Zoeller says it is time pro golfers unite against the major championships' routine of making their courses more difficult.
"Golf should be a fun game," said Zoeller, who has a reputation for enjoying himself on the course. "I'm not just picking on the Masters. It's all the major tournaments. Sooner or later players are going to speak up and say `enough is enough.'"If they don't start listening to players, the day may come when players stop coming."
Zoeller shot a 6-under-par 66 Friday in the second round of the Masters. He opened Thursday with a 76.
"I was not very pleasant last night (Friday), you can ask my wife," Zoeller said. "But 76 or 66, I'm glad I had a chance to come in (to the interview room) and tell how I feel."
Zoeller, who joined the PGA Tour in 1975, says the problem of courses being made more difficult began in 1973 when Johnny Miller shot a closing-round 63 to win the U.S. Open at Oakmont (Pa.).
"We've been paying the price ever since," said Zoeller, who won the 1979 Masters and 1984 U.S. Open. "The rough keeps getting higher, the greens slicker. Golf is supposed to be a fun game, but I'm not enjoying it any more.
"What was wrong with Johnny shooting that 63? At the time, the way he was playing (Miller won eight tournaments in 1974), he was the best golfer in the world. They should have congratulated him for that 63, not looked for ways to prevent another."
Zoeller, making no effort to hide his anger, said the majors have made their courses so tough, the better golfers can no longer afford to gamble.
"You can't charge like Nicklaus used to," Zoeller said. "You have to play safe. It's a joke out there. The guy who gets the lucky bounce wins for the week.
"If they're going to have this sort of speed on the greens, they should have flatter surfaces we can shoot for.
"I get angry because when I hit good shots, I like to be rewarded for it. Eventually, it wears on your nerves. It really does.
"It's like a war out there. Maybe some day they'll wise up. You are not hearing the roars you usually hear at Augusta. If that's golf, I'm in the wrong league. Let's get the cheers back to Augusta. The ground used to shake.
"We don't mind fast greens," Zoeller added. "But now you get some putts that would break the meter. And how can you not be upset when you hit your best shot and get 30-35 foot bounces."
Zoeller refused to name names, but said the reason the majors keep making their courses tougher is because "egos keep getting in the way of a great golf course."
"The PGA (at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) last year was the biggest joke I've seen," he said. "I'd like to see something change. Why should we trick up golf courses just because someone shot a 63?"
"Let's let the best player win, let him shoot the best score he can and then pat him on the back."