Saturday, April 13, 2013

The Masters (Saturday)

The headline on The Sydney Morning Herald's story today is, "Another Day, another Australian leads the US Masters."

Previous dispatches:


  1. As I'm sure our wives would attest, this last half hour before rosters must be set in Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Golf is a lonely and antsy time of self-doubt and emotional anguish for managers in the HeathPostdotcom league.

  2. Nick Faldo on Golf Channel: "This is dreadful."

    1. He's talking about the nonDQ, not the slow-on-the-uptake leaderboard.

  3. More Faldo: "Our rules are black and white, and that's the greatest thing about our game."

  4. I should note that if you read my wrap-up of Day 2, you will see that I am unhappy with a lot of the commentary over Tiger's mistake.

  5. Replies
    1. Round 2. Whatever. Golf. #GreenCollar!

    2. Pat Forde appears to agree with you, Go Heath.

      Pat Forde ‏@YahooForde 7m
      Wonder how many people currently howling about damage to the Integrity of Golf take a mulligan a side and fluff their lies when they play.
      9:00 AM - 13 Apr 13

      Meanwhile, Nick Faldo is calling on the Golf Channel for Tiger Woods to take himself out of the tournament. (My guess, by the way, is this is what the Augustas officials are hoping for, too.)

  6. DougTatum ‏@DougTatum
    Seems like to me the Green Jackets issued this ruling so Tiger Woods would have to make the decision on whether he's out or in #masters
    9:10 AM - 13 Apr 13

  7. So far, the big story of the day is that Tim Clark is six-under par for the day through 17 holes. He is four-under for the tournament, only two shots behind the leader, Jason Day, who has yet to tee off.

    Tiger birdied the first hole and bogeyed the fourth. He is still one under par for the tournament.

    Matt Kuchar is three-under for the day (and four-under for the tournament) through 8 holes.

    Rory McIlroy is one-under for the day (and three-under for the tournament) through six holes.

  8. Leaderboard at 2:49 P.M.:

    1. J. Day (AUS): -6 (36 holes)
    T2. M. Leishman (AUS): -5 (37)
    T2. F. Couples: -5 (36)
    T4. T. Clark (RSA): -4 (53)
    T4. M. Kuchar: -4 (44)
    T4. J. Rose (ENG): -4 (39)
    T4. J. Furyk: -4 (37)
    T4. B. Snedeker: -4 (37)
    T4. A. Cabrera (ARG): -4 (37)

  9. Clark bogeys the last hole. He went out in 31(!), and game home in 36, for a 67. He is 3-under par for the tournament.

  10. Leishman birdies the second hole to move into a tie for the lead at 6-under.

  11. Jason Dufner birdies the fourth hole to move to 4-under par. He's tied with Kuchar, Scott, Furyk, and Snedeker.

  12. Angel Cabrera bounces back from a bogey on 2 with a birdie on 3, and he moves into the log-jam at 4-under par.

  13. I had to be away today and hopped in to catch up via the HP coverage, what happened.

  14. It was a big day for Brandt Snedeker. He and Angel Cabrera are tied for the lead at 7 under.

    Tiger is 3 under.

  15. Also, it turns out that your dad is a huge Steve Stricker fan--not so much Adam Scott.

  16. T1. Angel Cabrera (Córdoba, Argentina), 7-under through 54 holes
    T1. Brandt Snedeker (Nashville, Tenn.), 7-under through 54 holes
    3. Adam Scott (Adelaide, Australia), -6 through 54
    T4. Marc Leishman (Warrnambool, Australia), -5 through 54
    T4. Jason Day (Beaudesert, Australia), -5 through 54
    6. Matt Kuchar (Winter Park, Fla.), -4 through 54
    T7. Tim Clark (Durban, South Africa), -3 through 54
    T7. Tiger Woods (Cypress, Calif.), -3 through 54

  17. After reading up on the Tiger issue I don't get the big deal. There is a specific rule in place established in 2011 that says a player in his position will not be DQ'd but penalized.

  18. Yeah, after getting him to (finally) move on beyond his anti-media screeds, Go Heath today opined that the whining was unjustified in both cases with regard to rules--that the Chinese boy was probably rightly penalized for slow play (that he had been warned and that maybe his slow play was even slower than the slower and slower play of the last several years) and that Tiger was probably rightly penalized for his illegal drop (that this 2011 rule would be in play). I thought all of that sounded pretty reasonable and was smarter than anything I had thought about it over the last couple of days (except when I suggested Tirico might get a spot in the Jeb/Nantz cabinet, which was pretty funny). Then Go Heath went back to ripping apart the media, so I quit paying attention and tried to change the subject to talk about the library in Crittenden County, which is pretty nice, and how much better fresh-picked strawberries are than store-bought ones.

  19. I agree that Eric's joke about Tirico and the Jeb/Nantz cabinet was very funny, and I agree that my take on the various rules controversies was reasonable. I also agree that the Crittenden County library is quite nice, and that fresh-picked strawberries are better than store-bought ones.