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AUGUSTA, Ga. — A series of headlines this week hailed golfers’ participation in Masters’ mid-round walk-and-talk interviews as “historic.” It sure seemed like a decent idea at the time. Maybe less so now.

After Rory McIlroy and Max Homa were part of the feature’s Masters debut on Thursday, Justin Thomas participated in a brief interview while grinding to make the cut Saturday morning—which was either gracious or short-sighted, possibly both, given the context.