2013 Masters Starts the Golf Season (Monday morning update)

2013 Masters Starts the Golf Season

Adam Scott won the 2013 Masters, defeating Angel Cabrera on the second hole of a playoff.

Here are wrap-ups from various sites:

Masters.com

CBS Sports

ESPN

Augusta Chronicle

Going into the final day of the Masters, Brandt Snedeker and Angel Cabrera were tied at 7 under par. Phil Mickelson is predicting that someone will shoot a low score so don’t be surprised if we see some birdies at Augusta National today.

On Saturday morning Masters officials reviewed a drop made by Tiger Woods on Friday, but decided not to disqualify him, but instead give him a two-stroke penalty. I was thinking that a penalty would have disqualified him for signing an incorrect scorecard, but ESPN says a “recent rule” gives officials discretion in such a situation.

Halfway through the 2013 Masters, Justin Day led by a stroke over Fred Couples and Marc Leishman.

There were several interesting swings during Friday’s play.

The 14-year-old Guan Tianlang managed to make the cut despite what is believed to be the first slow play penalty in Masters history. He will be the low amateur as he was the only non-professional to make the cut.

Tiger Woods was tied for the lead until a bad break. He finished Friday three strokes behind Day.

There were plenty of interesting storylines from Thursday’s round. CBS has good stories from both ends of the age spectrum.

Fourteen-year-old Guan Tianlang shot an impressive 73, while 53-year-old Fred Couples was only two shots behind the leaders after opening with a 68.

Defending champion Bubba Watson got off to a tough start with a 75. The Augusta Chronicle says Bubba’s putting let him down.

The Masters is regarded by most as the start of golf season. While many golfers have already been hitting the links for weeks or even months depending on where they live, most people don’t start paying attention to the PGA Tour until the first major of the year.

I remember sitting in a dorm room in 1986 watching Jack Nicklaus’ charge to victory on the back nine (Golf Digest calls it the “greatest Masters”). The near ace at 16 is ingrained in my memory.

Many have wondered about Tiger Woods’ Major Record and whether he will pass Nicklaus’ mark. If so, he better start winning Majors again soon. We’ll see if this weekend is the beginning of Tiger getting back on track.

Of course there are other interesting storylines as the Masters gets underway.

We’ll keep you updated and add our thoughts as the 2013 Masters starts the golf season.

 

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