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What a perfect day at the Masters. How fitting for opening day of the 30th anniversary edition of “’86.” Simply perfect. After watching the CBS replay of 1986’s final round and GC’s well-done ’86, this year’s tournament is strongly linked in my mind with the greatest tournament of all time.
I think the groupings were wise. Instead of jamming top players together, causing distraction, they spaced them out, and, as a result, we are looking — potentially, it’s still early days — at a Rory McIlroy vs Jordan Spieth Sunday showdown.
Anyone notice Bernhard Langer, age 58, finished the day in the Top 25? Berhard Langer was one of the players Jack chased down in 1986.
ESPN, immediately after the broadcast, cut to Sports Center and immediately started boring the world with basketball talk. Like someone pointed out — Mr. Elling? — it was funny seeing Nick and Nantz doing the bulk of the work for “ESPN.”
Stupidstic or Stupid Awesome? Justin Ray just informed the world that Jordan Spieth is the first player in history — sorry, Jack! — to hold the outright lead at the Masters in five consecutive rounds!
It occurs to me… The other night, as I watched ’86, Brent Musberger explained how people were pulling for Jack in part because he was an American battling the European Invasion. Mr. Musberger, I find that preposterous! That might have been true for the other Americans in the field, but, sir, people cheered for Jack because he was Jack.
Rich Lerner just said Tiger Woods twice within ten seconds. Off with Golf Channel. I’ll try again later tonight.
- The Answer: The European Tour live blog just answered a recent question someone asked here: “Even for a guy with Rory’s experience this is a massive day for the Northern Irishman. I’m sure he’s seen what Spieth is doing at the other end of the course, but such is Rory’s confidence in his own ability, he believes that when he’s at his best, he’s the best there is.“
- Best Day Ever: What great day: Jordan playing great and leading; Masters.org live stream of Jordan is perfect — no ads, solid announcing, course ambience coming through, beautiful day, beautiful place. It’s going to be a serious letdown to switch to ESPN. If Rory is the featured group this afternoon, I’m sticking with Masters.org. Oh, and the superior Masters.org live stream is free. You hear that, Mr. Finchem? Free.
- Combo Deal: I’ve watched the Masters.org live stream with Steve Elling’s tweets providing the color commentary. Can’t beat that.
10:25 am: Rickie Remembers. Rickie Fowler starts with a double bogey on No. 1, then birdies three of the next four. He must have drawn upon my words from the New Orleans Open last year. He’s been a different player since I gave him that dose of tough love.
8:33 am: Cinderella Story! Jim Herman, who won his first event last week at age 38 to gain entry into the Masters at the last possible moment, leads! “He’s the Cinderella boy. Tears in his eyes, I guess.”
Why is Rory going off last in his wave? That puts him very last today… Some have complained at lack of “marquee groups.” Lanny H Golf likes these non-forced groupings. Fewer distractions for top players on Thursday and Friday means more “marquee” groups late Sunday… Jordan breaking in new driver. Look at it this way, the one he was using before was defective for a long time before it finally broke… The ceremonial start will be at 8:00 am Eastern. I guess watch Golf Channel. Or maybe ESPN will have it, since they are doing the live coverage this afternoon. For all the “alternative” ways to watch coverage these days, there sure doesn’t seem to be a clear schedule of what will be shown and when. Masters.org trumpets feature group coverage beginning at 8:30, but they provide no names, at least not in a logical location… SB Nation says the featured groups this morning are Rickie’s and Jordan’s. That’ll work for me… From Geoff Shackelford: Jack Nicklaus: “Change the Frigging Golf Ball.”
Live Blog Check… A Chip Patterson has created a live blog at CBS… Is Kyle Porter gone?… SI/Golf.com has a live blog… I found something called 24liveblog with a live blog. Looks like the CBS names (I see Porter listed). Is this the backend to what CBS provides?… The Euro Tour’s live blog… Sky Sports live blog… Golf Week’s live blog…