Paul Azinger was playing a practice round with Mark Calcavecchia and Ken Green in 1988 when the trio arrived at the 16th, a 170-yard, par-3 over a pond that stretches from the tee to a severely sloping green. To spice things up, each anted up $100 to be awarded to whoever could skip the ball across the water - like a flat stone - and onto the putting surface.
In the years since, the sophisticated Masters galleries are in on the joke, practically demanding that every group playing the 16th do the same.
''Nowadays, you get booed if you don't go along,'' Azinger recalled on the 25th anniversary of that singular event.
So who cashed that day?
''No one made it to the green,'' Azinger said.
But, hey, at least no one got booed.
BRIDGE OVER NOT-SO-TROUBLED WATERS: So if players don't go along with the informal practice-round tradition at No. 16, how do they keep the boo-birds happy?
Well, a hole-in-one certainly works. Defending champion Bubba Watson did just that during his pra...