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The Masters: Open Thread

posted at 11:30 am on April 5, 2012 by

Few golf tournaments achieve the world’s attention like the Masters.  The first of the four majors, the Masters is the only one that is staged at the same location every year, the hallowed grounds of Augusta National Golf Club, located in Augusta, Georgia.

The course, (founded by Bobby Jones and Clifford Roberts and designed by Alister MacKenzie), was opened in 1933 and has been the host of the Masters Tournament since 1934.  Ranked “number one” by Golf Digest in 2009 on the list of America’s top 100 greatest courses, the architecture and historical setting is unmatched among American golf courses.  This year’s Honorary Starters are six-time winner Jack Nicklaus,  four-time winner Arnold Palmer, and three-time winner Gary Player.  Nicklaus is also the oldest player to ever win the Masters, (46 years, 82 days), in 1986.  From 1960-1966 these three legends won every Masters tournament.  Previous Honorary Starters were some of the greatest golfers of all time:  Byron Nelson, Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, and Sam Snead, to name a few.

This year’s Masters has reached a fever pitch with the return of a rejuvenated Tiger Woods, (winner of the Bay Hill Classic just a few weeks ago).  But Woods will face one of the stiffest fields ever assembled in a major with a combination of youthful favorites and wily veterans—all hungry for the coveted Green Jacket.  With Woods leading the top-ten by the odds-makers, Rory McIlroy, (who lead by four strokes going into the final round last year before his meltdown—80—yet the 22 year old came back and dominated the U.S. Open), three-time winner Phil Mickelson, and current world number one ranked Luke Donald, should challenge Woods for the Green Jacket.  But there are others going under the radar that could also make their case in the days ahead.  Few had even heard of  Charl Adriaan Schwartzel, (South Africa), who, in the previous year birdied the last four consecutive holes in the final round to shock the golf world.  There are plenty of “Schwartzels” in the field this year, and with the course getting a good dose of old man winter the past few days, the big hitters/long drivers might not have an advantage until the weekend rolls around.  The course will remain receptive to low scores until it dries.

Game on!

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Woods is currently at -1 thru six holes. The leaders are at -3, and the course is not yielding many birdies so far. The area is calling for possible thunderstorms later this afternoon—-might be a long day for the boys teeing off late.

Rovin on April 5, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Henrik Stenson -6 through 10 with 2 eagles. What an exciting way to start the greatest game in the world…

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Love the Masters…

visions on April 5, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Stenson bouncing between -5 and -6. I’m hoping Westwood and Hunter Mahan can make a strong bid from the later starts. My guy Padraig had a decent one under day.

In the end though, I’m rooting for the same guy I support every time: Anybody But Tiger.

Gingotts on April 5, 2012 at 3:13 PM

… and he gets an 8 on the 18th hole to bring him to -1. Heartache…

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Heartache indeed BD….goes to show you, any hole at Augusta can jump up and bite ya in the butt.

Rovin on April 5, 2012 at 3:39 PM

And for being under par all day, Tiger bogeys the last two to drop to even… I’m almost ready to demand Humpbot for that.

Gingotts on April 5, 2012 at 4:17 PM

I hate Humpbot so I’m rooting for Tiger to come back strong tomorrow.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Oh Nooooooooooh. Luke Donald’s scorecard under review. He may have signed incorrect scorecard.

Buy Danish on April 5, 2012 at 5:56 PM

Donald has been declared okay. He shot a 75 though, not a 73 as some have been reporting.

Gingotts on April 5, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Observation: Both Bubba Watson and his caddie have no clue on reading the greens.

Rovin on April 5, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Those Exxon Keystone ads are great….they’re basically like an anti-Obama ad. Heh.

visions on April 5, 2012 at 8:23 PM

I got to watch the last hour of coverage yesterday and enjoyed it so much. That golf coarse is so majestic and beautiful; full of trouble though. I’ll miss today as I must work, but I will be glued to the TV over the weekend.

Keemo on April 6, 2012 at 9:27 AM