Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Masters Is Back

Normally I'm used to a longer gap between the end of basketball and the Masters, but normally UK doesn't play on April 7.  I haven't watched any golf all year, so I don't know what to expect.  Here are the dates and times of this year's major golf tournaments.  As you'll see, it's a big year for golf in the South:

April 10-13:  The Masters, Augusta National Golf Club, Augusta Ga.

June 12-15:  The United States Open, Pinehurst No. 2, Pinehurst, N.C.

July 17-20:  The British Open, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, England

August 7-10:  The PGA Championship, Valhalla Golf Club, Louisville, Ky.

Here are the men who hold each of those titles today:

Masters:  Adam Scott (AUS)
U.S. Open:  Justin Rose (ENG)
British Open:  Phil Mickelson
PGA Championship:  Jason Dufner

It's also a Ryder Cup year; this year the Americans will be losing the Ryder Cup at the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland, from September 26 to 28.

Here is the latest World Golf Ranking:

1.  T. Woods
2.  A. Scott (AUS)
3.  H. Stenson (SWE)
4.  J. Day (AUS)
5.  P. Mickelson
6.  S. Garcia (ESP)
7.  M. Kuchar
8.  J. Rose (ENG)
9.  R. McIlroy (NIR)
10.  Z. Johnson

One final point:  For three years in a row, the Masters has been won by a golfer who has never won a major before.  That hasn't happened since 1967-69, when Gay Brewer, Bob Goalby, and George Archer won the Masters.


  1. We will, of course, miss Tiger this week, as he is out with a bad back.

    1. It's odd to see that Tiger is still the number-one player in the world; I think of him as retired.

  2. I had no idea Sergio Garcia has been playing so well. Good for him.

  3. The Leaderboard at 2 P.M.:

    1. A. Scott (AUS): -4 (11 holes)
    2. B. Haas: -3 (13)
    T3. K. Stadler: -2 (18)
    T3. J. Blixt (SWE): -2 (18)
    T3. G. Woodland: -2 (16)
    T3. F. Couples: -2 (15)
    T3. S. Gallacher (SCO): -2 (7)

  4. Scott dumps his tee shot into the water on the short par-3 twelfth hole.

  5. The silly long putter can't save Scott this time, and he takes a double-bogey 5 on the dangerous 12th hole.

  6. Oh, good. I just jumped on to ask when Adam Scott has to quit using his fake putter, and I'm glad to see that you are already on, taking shots at it.

  7. Leaderboard at 3:43 P.M. (EDT)

    1. B. Haas: -4 (18 holes)
    2. A. Scott: -3 (17)
    T3. K. Stadler: -2 (18)
    T3. J. Blixt (SWE): -2 (18)
    T3. G. Woodland: -2 (18)
    T3. J. Walker: -2 (18)
    T3. K.J. Choi (KOR): -2 (18)
    T3. B. Snedeker: -2 (18)
    T3. R. McIlroy (NIR): -2 (16)
    T3. L. Oosthuizen (RSA): -2 (12)

  8. Phil Mickelson just tripled bogeyed the par-4 seventh hole. He is three-over for the tournament.

    Adam Scott finishes with a 3-under par 69 and he is in a very strong position.

  9. Phil birdies the 13th hole to move to one-over for the tournament.

  10. Phil bogeys the 14th hole to fall to 2 over, and now he has gone into the water on 15.

  11. Mickelson double-bogeys the 15th (his second 7 of the day), and he falls to 4 over.