Day 2 of the Masters is now over, and we are coming up on moving day. Unfortunately for some like The Big Easy the tournament ended early, but for others, like Anthony Kim, it was a historic day. Anthony shot an amazing 11 birdies today to one up Tom Watson for the most birdies in a single round at The Masters, which was 10. We saw some amazing play from Anthony and from Kenny Perry this afternoon.
I especially enjoyed the discourse between Kenny Perry and his caddie Fred Sanders at the 18th. Kenny was pretty torn between his 9 iron and his 8 iron. Thinking that the 9 iron might be too much but that the 8th might hit the false front and role back down. Fred reaffirmed the choice without any hesitation, and Kenny stepped up and struck it to within a few feet of the hole, impressive as hell.
There was some fantastic play which took place at Augusta, despite both the strong wind and of course new pin placements. Despite the obvious Kim and Perry play, some noteable performances included Sergio with 6 birdies to shoot a 67, much improved from the 73 on Thrusday. (Not even going to mention the belly putter…oh wait) Another big performer, or should I say grinder, Angel Cabrera who shot 68 back to back days. This man must just THRIVE under pressure, first at Oakmont of all places and with almost all Masters champions coming from the top 5 after Fridays…one can only speculate. Chad Campbell is still atop the leader board with Kenny Perry shooting at 70 to follow up that amazing 65 he shot yesterday. His play is quite impressive hopefully his great ballstriking will stay with him throughout the tournament. And of course Tiger Woods isn’t out of this just yet, but I won’t beat that into your mind like our friends at the Golf Channel seem to enjoy doing. Though he is T19 at -2 and the winners have historically come from the top 5 players in the field after Friday, but you never do know what is possible until it happens. This will be an exciting weekend of golf.
Despite all the great golf that occurred today there were a few other events that took place today that were just as moving. Gary Player and Fuzzy Zoeller both took their bows and waves to the patrons as they walked up 18 and finished up their final competitive rounds at Augusta National Golf Course. Both men were in or near tears from that point on. What an unfortunate but inevitable point in the history of this great event, and for golf in general. Both of these men really epitomized what a great golfer is. Both extremely caring and always willing to share a good laugh with anyone around them. I’m sure they will both be missed in years to come, but will hopefully show up to take part in the first drives, and par 3 contests in years to come.
From the very old to the brand new… The amateurs played some wonderful golf for their first competitve rounds at Augusta. Unfortunately none of them made the cut, with Reinier Saxton winner of the 2008 British Amateur who shot a great 75 and 72 to finished +3 to miss the cut by a few strokes. Steve Wilson the 39 year old amateur who we covered a few days ago shot 79 and 75 to finish at +10 and of course did not make the cut either, but represented the Mississippi Gulf Coast very well. And of course the famously young New Zealander Danny Lee who finished +11 with rounds of 74 and a painful 81.
I for one am thorougly enjoying this Masters, but of course, like any other Masters I wish I could see MORE of it. But I do have to say, the online streams from http://www.masters.org are quite amazing. And it is after all moving day tomorrow which will hopefully mean a lot of great golf.