Friday, April 8, 2011
Friday Early Round Wrap-Up at Augusta
Each day of the Masters, I will be doing a morning round and afternoon round wrap-up of play. This is the first one of Friday.
Fred Couples Turns the Clock Back -- It seems now, once a year, we will all get a chance to experience the Fred Couples express. The 51-year-old is in the hunt for the second straight year after a 68 on Friday that included five birdies, and (and trust me, I can't believe I'm going to type this) some good putting. Gulp. There it is. Next up, complimenting Ricky Barnes on his golf swing!
Hey, Speaking of Barnes -- He had one of those rounds, but he still got around in 71, and is 5-under for the week. Honestly, does this guy hibernate for 48 weeks out of the year?
K.J. Choi Loves Augusta, For Real -- This guy gets to Augusta and just finds his game, doesn't he? A guy that was putting side-saddle a year ago is 7-under in the clubhouse, and most likely will be in the final group on Saturday. That ain't all bad, is it?
Phil Mickelson Continues to Not Care about Thursday and Friday -- Hey, would you if you can go out on the weekend and post 63-65? Lefty failed to get in red figures on Friday, but is still 2-under, and will have a chance on moving day to actually make some noise. That is, if he can hit a fairway and/or make a putt. Both are still yet to be determined ...
These Men Will Not Be Joining Your Coverage on Saturday -- Sean O'Hair close his first round with four birdies over his final seven holes, and it seemed that might vault him up the leaderboard. Well, we thought wrong. He shot 76 on Friday, and will be slamming trunk. Joining him will be Ernie Els, Johnny Vegas, Retief Goosen (2-under through one hole!), and Martin Kaymer. Ouch.