AUGUSTA - There has never been — and never will be — a perfect age to win the U.S. Masters. Tiger Woods took his first at 21, Jack Nicklaus his last when he was 46.
It can be a sweet, quick, explosive love affair ... and it can be whole wars of attrition. But when you work out the equation of pain and joy, the flashes of inspiration and the maturing of a competitive edge, it can be seen there is an optimum time to make the big move.
This is 32 years of age, young enough to be still physically strong, old enough to have shed at least some of the foolishness. This, anyway, is the average age of a man putting on the green jacket for the first time.