The Masters


Thoughts from today’s round so far:

  • Anthony Kim shot 11 birdies, setting the course record.  I got a birdie once…it was sweet.
  • Kenny Perry tore it up today knocking everything close and making some clutch putts.  It’s strange he hasn’t had more success here because you figure his big, high draw would be perfect for Augusta, but whatever, he’s up there now, tied for the lead.
  • Chad Campbell didn’t have the juice running but still had a fine round of -2.
  • Say goodbye to Zach Johnson.  80’s don’t get it done.
  • Vijay Singh is on fire.
  • Tiger shot an even par 72…he left a ton of strokes out there today and is going to have to clean it up heading into the weekend.  He averages 69ish on Saturday so maybe he goes out and shoots a low number and gets some guys to fall back, but he’s not overly sharp right now.

Afternoon coverage is about 30 mins in so tune in.

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Augusta was playing pretty easy today in ideal scoring conditions.  Chad Campbell, Jim Furyk and Hunter Mahan all lit up the course with a ton of golfers close by including Tim Clark, Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir, Aaron Baddelly, Sean O’Hair, Kenny Perry, Andres Romero and Eldrick Woods.

It was so easy out there that both Campbell and Mahan had a shot at the course record of 63 deep into their opening rounds and there were a ton of red numbers on the leaderboard.  The par 5’s were just hemorrhaging birdies all day as most were go-able in two.

Just awesome golf played all day and a great opening round with a closely bunched leaderboard.  There isn’t going to be any long winded analysis after the opening day because there are just too many guys so close together that the leaders really haven’t seperated themselves but I know tomorrow is gonna be awesome.

Just one more quick note…maybe we should’ve waited to damn the changes made to Augusta.  The course looks like it’s playing perfectly when the weather isn’t 40 degrees with 15mph winds.

Well, if you picked Tim Clark this week, it’s not too late to change your pick… He just won the Par 3 Tournament. There has never been a player who has won the Par 3 and the big show in the same weekend. Clark finished -5 with an ace mixed in.  Jack Newman and Jose Maria Olazabal finished T2/-3.

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stevewilsonmid-amSteve Wilson is probably not a name you’ve heard unless you’ve gone through the field for the Masters this week. Steve is one of the select few amateurs to be invited to Augusta National this year as a reward for his outstanding match play victory at the Mid-Amateur tournament which took place at River Hills Country Club in Milwaukee.  His dominating 5-and-4 victory over his competitor Todd Mitchell earned him 15 practice rounds and a chance for an inconceivable dream of winning one of the most distinguished tournaments in golf.

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Like my fellow Tuna contributors, I went back and forth between a few players before choosing Woods this week. A lot of “experts” and enthusiasts think that picking Woods to win is the easy decision simply because he’s “Tiger-freaking Woods”. Although that makes sense and is a pretty good argument, it goes a little deeper than that for my rationalization. (more…)

This is unreal. I can say that I have never struggled this much over a pick before. Normally I’m pretty decisive, but the allure of the Masters is really getting the best of me. (Good thing I’m not playing, huh?) I narrowed my picks down to three players: Tiger Woods, Padraig Harrington, and Geoff Ogilvy.

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Yesterday, we took a look at the front 9 of Augusta National, and today, we’re going to finish the job.  While the front 9 is still realtively fresh in the minds of viewers, the back 9 is arguably the most famous stretch of golf holes found anywhere.

The Masters is known for the drama on the back 9, and while that’s not necessarily true anymore, it still looks like the stretch we’ve come to love.  And while Amen Corner might not be the gambler’s paradise it once was, even in it’s current torture track shape, it’s still revered.

After the jump…the back 9. (more…)

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