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Chad Campbell made a huge mistake on the par-3 16th. He was in the back bunker with no green to work with. Rather than playing safe, he went for the pin and left it in the bunker. Then he missed the bogey putt. He lost two shots to Kenny Perry, giving Perry the outright lead. But while that was happening Cabrera was busy making birdie on #17 to tie for the lead at -11! Boy is tomorrow going to be fun.
Furyk is in the house at -7 within striking distance.
The greens are soft and many players are throwing darts.
The leaders Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell have made the turn. They’re both at -11 with Cabrera at -10 after he birdied #10. Wait a sec. Perry just made birdie so he’s alone in the lead now at -12 after 10 holes.
Stricker and Furyk are at -6 after 12 holes. Mickelson birdied #15 to reach -5 while Tiger birdied #17 to get to -4. I still think Tiger is too far back.
Tiger Woods has come back with a couple of birdies and is back to -2 after 9. He doesn’t look like he’s controlling the spin of his approach shots though. He’s spun several shots back too far and even off of greens.
The leaders Kenny Perry and Chad Campbell parred #1 and both birdied #2. They’re now at -10.
Phil Mickelson is playing well and has it to -5 with a ton of other players including Stricker, Mahan, Furyk, Sabbatini, Katayama and Kim.
Cabrera back is at -8 and has shaken off the nerves after a birdie on #3.
Tiger Woods is likely toast for this year’s Masters. He double bogeyed #1.
Camilo Villegas is moving up the leaderboard, now at -4 after five holes.
Padraig Harrington‘s ball moved on the 15th green after he addressed it due to wind. One stroke penalty or he would have gone to -4 instead of -3.
Earlier Greg Norman melted down at 13, scoring a 7. He’ll miss the cut.
Angel Cabrera is looking good at -7 despite a bogey on #15. He has golf balls made of stone, no fear and plenty of power in his game for this golf course. At this point he’d be my pick to win. I like the look in his eye and the way he chomps his gum.
Phil Mickelson almost flew his ball into the hole on #13 for a double eagle and had a tap in eagle. He’s back in red numbers but quite a way down the board.
It was a tearful ending for Fuzzy Zoeller my pal, and also Gary Player. They both played their last round at The Masters. I can’t imagine the emotion they must have felt walking up the 18th.
“It was the damndest feeling I’d ever had.” Zoeller on the emotions he felt walking up the 18th at Augusta for the last time.
Kenny Perry is playing a great tournament with a 67 today. He and Chad Campbell are in the house leading at -9.
Tiger Woods bogeyed the 18th hole a 2nd day in a row to shoot an even par 72 and stay at -2 for the tournament.
Anthony Kim had only one par on the front because he had so many birdies. He set a Masters record with 11 birdies to finish at -4. How cool would it be to see AK win?
Todd Hamilton is in the house at -6.
It is looking like some big guns are going to miss the cut: Ernie Els, Retief Goosen, Adam Scott, Boo Weekly and Freddy Couples.
Chad Campbell? Wow.
Of all players, who would have imagined Chad Campbell would have come close to not only Masters low score record, but he’d flirt with the all time low score record in major championships. He faltered at the end of his stellar round a bit, but still dropped a Masters leading 65.
Jim Furyk was on fire and held the lead for much of the day, finishing with a 66 as well as Hunter Mahan. Furyk had NO bogeys.
There has been a TON of whining from the players and the media about Augusta National being too hard. The last two years the weather has sucked, making the course longer. Today showed that Augusta National CAN yield low scores and CAN produce roars. There were plenty of players reaching par-5’s in two, but not too many. There were many players who had fits on the slick greens, but many mediocre shots weren’t overly penalized. The course was fair and perhaps a bit too easy.
Tiger Woods shot is best first round of the Masters in quite a while with a 70. He could have gone much lower after lipping out a short birdie putt on 17 and air-mailing the 18th green enroute to a bogey finish.
Tiger fans need not worry. He seldom gets off to a quick start at The Masters.
Greg Norman is right in the mix, tied with Tiger at -2 as are a handful of other players including Zach Johnson.
Perhaps even more surprising than Chad Campbell‘s round is that of Larry Mize. He shot a 67!
Padraig Harrington sits at -3 and right in the thick of it. I’m definitely a bandwagon jumper and I’d love to see him win his third major in a row. I’m on the Paddy Wagon!
I stand to lose more than cash if Sergio Garcia wins the Masters. I stand to lose my dignity, or at least risk exposing my “little secret.” Sergio knocked one in Rae’s Creek on #12 and sits at +1, along with Phil Mickelson.
Sadly enough, one of the “old” guys didn’t drop the worst round of the day. That distinction belongs to the puzzling Michael Campbell. He shot 80.
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Ok it is time to start my updates for today. I’ve got Amen Corner live on my left 24″ monitor and holes 15 & 16 streaming on my iPhone…
There was virtually NO wind earlier, but it is starting to pick up.
We have a log jam at the top. The following players are at -5: Jim Furyk (16), Larry Mize (through 15, not kidding), Chad Campbell (10), Shingo Katayama (F).
Cabrera is in the house at -4.
Mike Weir is playing well at -3, but could have easily been -6 by the 17th.
Garcia made up some ground after going in Rae’s creek on 12. Even after bogey on 16.
Tiger Woods doesn’t usually start out quickly at the Masters. He’s +1 after 6.
Phil Mickelson is at +1 after 17.
Chad Campbell is on pace to shoot a 54. He has birdied the first FIVE holes.
Tim Clark shot 68 today after winning yesterday’s Par-3 contest.
Camilo Villegas is looking like he’s about to implode, just knocked one in the water on 12.
Fisher, Cabrera are in the clubhouse at -3. Watney, Jimenez and Marksaeng are in at -2.
Shingo Katayama is at -5 through 15.
Sergio Garcia has gone to a belly putter. I predict he’s toast if he already went to a belly. He will implode.
In the meltdown department, Michael Campbell is in the house with an 80.