All in all a great opening day for the biggest week of the year. Some low numbers and ideal weather with warm temperatures and minimal breeze to challenge the field. The Masters App is top notch and the American workforce lost some serious man-hours today….. well done folks. General sentiment is encouraging, we’ve got a stacked leaderboard and most importantly Tiger is giving us hope. Let’s start there.
Tiger looked smooth – really smooth. Drove the ball like a beast and his iron play continues to impress. He needs the putter to heat up to keep pace. If the conditions change and the course toughens up, I think his odds improve. But he needs to dial in the Scotty – we all need him to dial in the Scotty. Please Tiger – give the world what it deserves.
- Speith (gag)
- Hideki + Rose (mouth throw up)
- Paul Casey (puke – ebola level puke)
- Mike Weir shot even – so everybody can fuck off with those takes (he will shoot +8 tomorrow)
- Kisner continues to play well, and would be a revered champion
- Langer is a monster
- Bet on Freddy next year to be Top 5
- How did Jimmy Walker qualify for this tournament?
The amateurs held their own out there today for the most part. Hovland is legit – he looked in control throughout the entire round. A bogey at 18 will leave him feeling slighted, but both the near and long term appear bright for the young Norwegian. Being the teammate of Matt Wolff has its pro’s and cons:
Pro: You form one of the most dominant teams in college golf history.
Con: You are the reigning US Amateur Champion – yet somehow playing second fiddle on your own team.
From an outsider’s perspective it appears as though Hovland is embracing his unique position. Playing alongside the other top am in the world likely fuels him every single day, and he will someday be a household name in his own right. Have a day tomorrow Viktor, I think we’ll be seeing you Sunday night in Butler Cabin.
Let’s be very clear with one another. This is not Chuck Hoffman posting a 5 under on Thursday, and Brooks has me scared.
He is the story after 18 holes of play, make no mistake about it. You look at the leaderboard right now – and no doubt it is pure class. Studs left and right – absolute quality.
But take a look at that leaderboard and ask yourself this – how many of those guys can shoot two more rounds of 4,5, maybe 6 under? Brooks is the obvious choice. I believe DJ is the other.
Yes they are all incredible golfers, but for the sake of the tournament I hope this does not become a runaway. If he posts another 4 under tomorrow we have problems. If that’s the case – we might only have 1 hope over the weekend.
I know Bryson is -6 and tied for the lead. But I don’t trust Bryson at Augusta yet, I think he wants this tournament too badly and if it came down to crunchtime (or tomorrow for that matter) we might be staring at a nuclear implosion. I hope that doesn’t happen for Bryson’s sake, I do not believe he would handle it well.