Originally Posted by Mustard
I mean that a lot of people now except that the Masters of January 1978 to January 1986 was the end of the previous season rather than the beginning of a new season, because it fits in with the format that has been used since December 1986.
Agreed that it's certainly accepted today -- but the January Masters was always officially the season-ending championships, and was always tied in directly to the points earned in the season just ended. It always was that way, despite objections from some fans and players who felt that the Masters, if placed in January, should be regarded as the start of a new season. That's a natural objection; but it was an objection to the reality of the Masters format -- namely, that it was tied in to the points earned from the season just ended and was officially the season-ending championship.