The Masters is such breath of fresh air for me. It's been to long since the last major in golf and it's just so nice to see the lush fairways of Augusta National and all the flowering bushes... plus, the golf is always great. Take for example defending champion Sergio Garcia. he says he didn't miss a shot, but still managed a 13 on the par five 15th hole. He hit five balls in the water and says he hit each one well. I can't imagine greens that are that fast. And I can't imagine the Spaniard will make the cut.
The amateurs at the Masters made quite a statement in yesterday's opening round, but none was bigger than Doug Ghim. He shot an even par 72 that included eagles on the par five 13th and a deuce on the final hole... a feat that's been done only 6 times in Masters history. Doc Redman is also competing... and these two have history.
The round of he day belongs to Jordan Spieth. There were times when he didn't seem happy at all with his swing, his contact, his shot... but the ball always seemed to go where it needed to. A sour reaction on the par three 16th, but the crowd watched as the ball sailed right at the pin, settling just a few feet short. Spieth rolled the putt straight in for his 4th birdie in a row and then yelled for the ball to 'get lucky' and a slight pull on the 17th tee. The ball listened and found the fairway allowing Spieth to loft another iron right at the hole. He sank that putt for birdie number 5. At 66, the Texas native leads by two.
I can't wait for Round Two to get under way...