This kind of looks like it might be a fun weekend at Augusta National. I was hearing the course was playing tough, then the afternoon guys figured out the winds and tore it up. The leaderboard looks pretty sweet. I know CBS would prefer Tiger to be closer to the lead, but he just doesn’t putt like he once did. That’s the most challenging area of the course, the putting. I’d be stunned if Tiger won.
I listen to a lot of PGA Tour radio. I heard all of the experts downplay what Brooks Koepka could do there. But it’s a major and he’s there.
Bryson DeChambeau is a little bit too weird for me. And, I’ve seen Phil Mickelson say and do some weird things, too, just in a different way. But among the leaders, I guess I’ll pull for Phil, just because his agent is Steve Loy, the former UA golf coach.
There are two former UA golfers in the field. Andrew Landry shot even par. Alvaro Ortiz, who qualified as an amateur, shot one-over.
One of the great pleasures was to play with my dad together at Augusta National. Our names were drawn in the Monday lottery for media members in 1985. We both had a great time. He got it “fixed” after calling Jack Stephens so I could play the tournament tees. Everyone else played the member tees. I shot 81 with penalty shots at 13 and 15 because I went for the green in two. Splashed well short on both. Caddie said he didn’t think I had enough in my 3-wood both times – but it might be close – but I should go for it since I’d never be there again. Glad I tried. Cost me a shot at breaking 80. But I had to try. Hit both shots solid.
Augusta National is holy ground I am so glad I was able to go to a practice round with my brother several yrs ago and now that he has passed away that day is forever in my memories.
The course itself is unbeleiveable! not a brown blade a grass anywhere.the thing I took away from it is TV does not really let you see just how sloped the greens are and how shaved they are if you can’t spin the ball like they can you would have no shot at stopping the ball on those greens.I just love the place and am in awe of well they take care of the grounds…this is my Favorite Golf tournament by far and always look forward to it.
Is it true if you shout “Bikini wax” you will be removed from the Masters grounds FOREVER? Also, “Dilly Dilly”? Is there a sign at the entry listing the “banned phrases” so everyone will know how to not get kicked out?
When you step onto that magnificent golf course you can feel the magic, the history and the feeling of all that has gone on before. For any golfer, it is just a special place. Everyone there, including the players, caddies and fans all act properly. Everyone is there for one purpose…to watch the golf and look at the course. The course is the star at Augusta National…What a place.