Thursday, April 7, 2011
Thursday's Late 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 second one on Thursday.
The Long Hitters Came to Play (The Back Nine) -- We all knew Alvaro Quiros, Gary Woodland and Johnny Vegas were going to bomb it around Augusta National, but did anyone think they'd also tear it up? On the back nine, the three combined to shoot 11-under, even with a pesky three-putt by Vegas on 18, and really wowed the crowd with all parts of their game. Definitely the highlight of the first round of play.
Phil Mickelson Might Want to Try That Other Driver -- Wow, was that a bad display of driving the golf ball? Lefty hit it all over the golf course, and hardly ever down the middle, but still managed to somehow fire a 2-under 70. Honestly, if you had watched that round live, without scores, you probably would have thought 78 was in the equation.
Love for Immelman -- Listen, Trevor Immelman has been far from a Masters champion the last couple of years, but a 3-under on Thursday was super impressive, and you could tell from his fist pumps that he was feeling it as well. Good to see him back in form.
Fred Couples is "Back" -- Word on the street is Fred Couples back hurts so bad he can hardly walk around, so don't expect him to follow up with another under par round, like he did on Thursday with a 71. Poor Freddy, don't you wish we could get him a back replacement?
Ricky, not Rickie -- The Barnes of the group was my sleeper pick, and boy did he make me look like a smart man. The University of Arizona alum shot a 4-under 68, and sure seems to come out when the majors are played. Does anyone know if he even cares about the other events?
Under the Radar -- People that nobody talked about today, but had good rounds? Geoff Ogilvy (69), Camilo Villegas (70), Ryan Moore (70) and Stewart Cink (71). One of those names will make a run on Friday, just wait.