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American Sport - The Master's

Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:01 am
Edited on: April 14, 2008 4:57 pm

Snowy days in Iowa even though it is mid April.  Time for my annual ritual of curling up in front of the television to watch the beauty and majesty of Augusta National.  The incredible golf.  The fresh bitten nails.  The rattling knees of the players.  The sappy commentary from Jim Nance.  The prodigious prediction of Tiger Woods winning the Masters on his way to the Grand Slam. No one else can win it.  It is Tiger's tournament to win or award to some other person who apparently is in need of a great gift from the magnanimous Mr. Woods.

This year's tuna-mint was boring.  No charges were ever mounted.  In fact anyone who raised his head to challenge the hallowed ground was summarily smacked down about the head and neck and fell from the leaderboard.  The continuous apology by the talking heads for Mr. Woods apparent mere mortal abilities went long in the tooth.  His huffing and puffing was refreshing to see.  Perhaps the golfing gods decided to send him a dose of humility.

In the end, Trevor played the best.  Caught the most good breaks. Had the fewest bad breaks. He simply survived.

I am full of sorrow it is over. At the same time I struggled to watch.  The back off of almost every shot whenever the wind gusted was ridiculous after hour 4. 

Worse for me, Augusta is always the beginning of my golf season.  It starts to get warm in Iowa.  The new driver screams my name. But alas, I have a broken arm for another 6 weeks.  Spring is missing some of it's delights.

Category: Golf
Tags: Augusta, Master's

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 9:07 pm

American Sport - The Master's

Cranny?  Don't be such a tease AV. 

BTW, keep your hand elevated and keep those fingers moving.  Nothing like coming out of a cast with a stiff hand and wrist.  Don't let it happen.  Can you turn your palm up and down with your cast or does it cross the elbow?  If it's below the elbow make sure you can rotate your forearm and for goodness sake don't let your elbow and shoulder get stiff.

Since: Apr 1, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 4:52 pm

American Sport - The Master's


I'm with you this Master's was almost painful to watch. Instead, I did yard work and just watched the final hour or so on Sunday, while following it online and with the highlight reels. As usual another fine post. I hope to see you out on the links soon. I also am waiting for the Iowa winter to end.


Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 2:36 pm

American Sport - The Master's

AV, my love, Augusta is amazing!  Even during what I have to admit was the most hideously boring Masters I have attended (this was my fifth!), it still took my breath away.  The care that everyone takes at Augusta National is beyond anything you can imagine for a golf venue.  One day the wind had blown so much (it had rained the prior day, as well) the groundskeepers were gathering up the azalea petals to put around the base of the plants and even sprinkling the petals on the top of the plant itself so nothing was out of place. 

It was merely a matter of the golfers survival; you're right.  Sunday was brutal.  The wind blew like mad and no one could get their bearings (least of all Eldrick).  Also, if you haven't walked the course you have no idea the beauty and painfully massive hills it has. 

See ya at the court in a month & a half.

Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 2:05 pm

American Sport - The Master's

Can you imagine if they grew the rough at Augusta?  Can you say impossible.

Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 1:44 pm

American Sport - The Master's

AV, I think this years Masters was not that bad.  The course wasn't Tiger proofed this year which gave some other players hope.  The course, to me, seemed designed to wear the golfer out after 54 holes and let whoever can hang on, hang on.  Trevor Immelman did just that and is a worthy champion.  Heal that arm up!



Since: Jan 1, 2008
Posted on: April 14, 2008 1:25 pm

American Sport - The Master's

Immelman was a machine (except on 16 when someone unplugged him temporarily).  I really wonder what kind of a toll it took on Snedeker to have to play with him all weekend.  Snedeker hits the ball so quickly after address that sometimes I was afraid he might whiff, and it had to kill him to have to play with Immelman who was unbelievably slow and methodical.  It worked though.  I think someone could have lobbed a grenade during his backswing and he wouldn't have noticed he seemed so intense and focused.

Since: Aug 16, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2008 12:53 pm

American Sport - The Master's

I thought the mix was cool as well Big E.

Since: Jul 6, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:43 am

American Sport - The Master's

The Masters was even better to watch if you had DirecTV. Their new "Masters Mix" channel let you watch four different things at once, or use their interactive features to check the leaderboard and other stuff.

Hopefully they have a "Mix" for the other majors this year as well....

Since: Oct 19, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2008 11:11 am

American Sport - The Master's


Your new that your out of commission (hopefully) for just six more weeks is not all bad news.  Here's an idea.  This year, use Jack Nicholas' Memorial Tournament in Columbus, Ohio as your season kick-off.  That is usually an exciting tournament that brings out all the big names in golf.  It will be here before you know it.

Best wishes healing and hit 'em down the middle.


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