Thursday at the Masters

Thursday at the Masters

The wind was the story at the Masters today. We deal with it all the time in Oklahoma, these guys don’t.

It was around 5/10 early, got up to around 8/10 in the afternoon, and finally started to calm down when the final groups got tothe last few holes.

The best pros don’t like that much wind. This is “Moneyball” golf these days. Distances, launch angles, precise numbers, etc. All are part of today’s high-tech, swing hard or die hard game.

The wind isn’t supposed to be that big a part of the equation.

Jason Day and Bubba Watson blew up on the backside. Rickie Fowler started off bad with a double bogey on the first, and finished worse (snowman on 13), with an 80.

Ernie Els took a nine on the first hole.

Edmond’s Robert Streb shot an 81 and is next to last.

It was tough out there today.

There were a few exceptions. Like the defending champion Jordan Spieth, who somehow put together a 6-under 66 in conditions that kicked many other top players and defending champions right in the keister.

Spieth, who hasn’t been playing his best, birdied two of the four par-5’s, but made key birdies on 3, 6, 10 and 18.

Spieth also made key par saves and had just 25 putts.

Unreal golf in those conditions.

Spieth has simply been a machine at Augusta. Runner-up his first year, winner his second, and possibly on his way to another green jacket in his third.

That’s big-time.

There’s plenty of golf left, but it’s hard to imagine Spieth falling apart, making a big number and not being a factor Sunday.

Spieth makes mistakes. Just not the big ones that cost majors.

Justin Rose shot 69. Rory a 70. Phil is six strokes back after an ever par 72.

Long way to go, but the “Jordan Rules” were back in play today at Augusta.


As for the day other than golf, the gnome is coming home.

Yes. Forty bucks to send that weird looking whatever back to Norman.

I figured the gnome may never be backat the Masters gift shop again. Worst case scenario, if he creeps me out to much, he can always go on eBay in a decade for about 250 bills.

Cup game was strong.

Doctor Dumpster ended up with ten green and six clear, pushing the two day total to 34 (18 green ones).

That’s probably the equivalent of about -3 under through 36 holes, making the cut, but a long shot to win it all.

There’s always Friday to go low, I mean high, or whatever.

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