Tough conditions continue to perplex the best in the world. Wind has made the greens crispy and the usual premium on short game has become even greater. Meanwhile, the day started with Larry Mize on 59 watch as he opened with 3 birdies in a row. Someone then reminded him he was Larry Mize (and not the one that beat Greg Norman) and he rejoined us in reality.
Meanwhile, Augusta is torturing one of its own. You may remember a few years ago that Rory McIlroy was last in the field on Sunday and they sent him out with a member. The member (purportedly a +2 that unofficially beat Rory by a stroke that day), Jeff Knox plays as a marker. He is there to pace the first two ball of the day and I suspect it is a pretty special experience for the marker. Well, this year is a little different. I think the conversation went something like this: Hey Jeff, we need you to play on Saturday and Sunday. Great, who a I playing with? Um, Bubba. (Guess your not so happy to be club champion now, huh Jeff?)
Good news for Jeff is that Bubba moved up the leaderboard today. Bad news is that last place now belongs to Kevin Na. Na doesn’t need a marker to slow him down so I think Jeff can take the day off and watch it on TV.
Uneventful split for us on the day. Hoping to finish strong. This tournament doesn’t really begin until the back nine on Sunday, right?
Lowry -105 over Wiesbether
Haas -106 over Hoffman
Casey -110 over Walker
Horschel +106 over Holmes
Cabrera +108 over Berger
Willett -104 over Snedeker
Matsuyama +108 over Johnson (2 units)
Langer +123 over Kaufman
Best of luck,