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Believe the hype: Thursday’s first round at Augusta National was one for the ages

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You want to know how impressive Thursday’s opening round of the Masters was? Here’s a conversation I had with a colleague of mine in the office after Tiger made the turn in 33 (3-under) after eagling 8 and making birdie on number 9.

Me: Can you believe what we’re witnessing here?
Co-worker: *Silence*
Me: Hey, did you hear what I said? Can you believe the shots Tiger’s hitting in this opening round? It’s like he never left the game.
Co-worker: *Stunned Silence*

I want you to take what you thought was the best case scenario for Tiger Woods and the 2010 Masters tournament and multiply that scenario by ten-trillion. Seriously, the first round was that freaking impressive.

And we’re not just talking about Tiger Woods’ performance on Thursday — a round that, quite honestly, was one of the best opening rounds I’ve ever seen him play. After walking to tee to a sea of well-wishers (the crowd had to be at least 20 or 30 deep), Woods stepped, took a deep breath, and unleashed a laser that split the center of the fairway. The crowd roared as Woods twirled his club and started his walk down the middle.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

04/08/2010 at 10:27 pm

Y.E. Yang really wanted a photo with John Daly and the Hooters bus

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You’ve got to love Y.E. Yang and his twitter account. When the rest of the golf world was trying to get a piece of Tiger during the Masters earlier this week, Y.E. was trying to make a dream come true by getting a photo with a real American hero (sorry, Tiger, but Billy Payne no longer views you as a hero for today’s children). That’s right, Yang wanted to get a photo with the great John Daly and the Hooters bus.

Daly, who wasn’t invited to the Masters this year, still made is yearly trek to Augusta to sell photos and merchandise. Of course, we all know he’s now longer allowed in Hooters after his, ahem, last drunken experience inside the establishment.

But I digress. I wonder what why Yang decided against going across the street and taking advantage of the photo op? Yang and Daly are both PGA champions, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/08/2010 at 12:11 pm

Tiger Woods no longer a hero in Billy Payne’s eyes

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Augusta National is a course and membership that tends to go by the beat of their own drummer.

When Martha Burk threatened to derail the tournament seven years ago with a protest outside the gates, as well as pressuring the tournament’s main sponsors to pull out, the tournament flashed the proverbial middle finger and ran the tournament without commercials–a sign of how powerful the membership really was, even without the sponsorship money.

So it should have come as no surprise on Wednesday when Billy Payne stepped into the interview room, that he let the game’s number one player have it right between the eyes with a prepared statement that showed just how irritated and embarrassed Augusta National is with Woods’ conduct over the last six months. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan Wall

04/08/2010 at 12:25 am