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April 8, 2010

And they're off


The first round of the Masters is underway. Bernhard Langer leads the tournament, he's 3 under through 7. Tom Watson leads a group at 2 under. Langer still has the game to hang in there for a while. While Watson should have won last year's British Open, I don't think he's got the length needed to hang in at Augusta. My hope is that he proves me wrong. Still more than three hours from Tiger's first tee shot. But Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els will hit the course soon. There's no rooting in the press box but I'm pulling for Els, he's a good guy who badly wants a green jacket.



April 7, 2010

Back in business

It's been a while since I blogged but being here at Augusta for the 2010 Masters gives me a chance to do so. With the Par 3 contest nearly in the books, it's time to focus on the tournament itself.
While Tiger's firs round in five months will steal much of the the first day thunder, there is plenty of other stuff to get excited about.
Seeing Jack and Arnie kick things off will be a thrill, even if it means getting up really early to do so.
I'm curious to see how guys like Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, Steve Stricker and Kenny Perry play. My pick to win is Els, and I'll admit I'm pulling for him because everyone knows how much winning the Masters would mean to him.
Check back throughout the next four days and I'll try to pass along the excitement.



April 8, 2009

Missing the Masters

For the first time in five years, I'm not at Augusta National for the Masters. As I watch the TV coverage and see photos, I think about all the great moments I had a chance to see in person during my four years of being there.
Today's Par 3 contest was a perfect example. Seeing the golfers and their kids is one of the special events that makes the Masters the premier golf event in the world. It's a truly special place, one that I hope to see again.
Like most people, I look forward to seeing what takes place. While I am excited about it, I'm also a little sad that I'm not there to soak it in in person.



February 5, 2009

Stankowski gets in

Persistence paid off for Oxnard native prior to today's first round of the Buick Invitational. Stankowski was eighth on the alternates list, but instead of leaving town on Wednesday night like most of the guys on the list, Stankowski stayed. His patience and persistence were rewarded as a spot opened up, allowing him to get in the field.
Still trying to battle back from a wrist injury to the form that made him a regular on Tour earlier this decade, Stankowski was 3 over after nine holes while playing Torrey Pines' very tough south course, site of the 2008 US Open. WIth his entry, there are now three Ventura County golfers in the field: Stankowski, Charlie Wi and Corey Pavin.



December 21, 2008

Kim implodes, Singh explodes


Vijay Singh has caught fire on the back nine, making three birdies in his first five holes to take a 1 sht lead over Jim Furyk. At the same time, Anthony Kim has shot himself in the foot on back to back holes. Kim made double bogey on the par-4, 14th and then stepped up and knocked the ball in the water on the par-3, 15th. If he's going to win, he's going to need a miracle over the last few holes.
The weather turned out great again, giving the tournament a boost after a tough start to the week weather wise,
Lost in the final round shuffle may be Luke Donald's 6-under 66. It was too late for him this week, but it should give him confidence for the coming season.



Final day run


The first group is about to tee off, meaning the last group with Anthony Kim and Jim Furyk is about an hour and a half from starting. I like Kim's chances to finish what he started yesterday and win the tournament.
His game is just getting better and more importantly his confidence and command of himself is growing by leaps and bounds.
Of the guys chasing, I like Vijay's chances. He is a guy who knows how to post a number on the final day and he has played here a lot more than the other guys at the top of the board.
I think it will be a good day of golf. The tournament certainly does not have the same kind of buzz without Tiger playing, but even with that it's been solid, with big names like Furyk, Villegas and Kim giving fans some fun golf to watch.



December 19, 2008

Woods in the media center


Not Tiger, but his daughter Sam, accompanied by her grandmother Kultida Woods. The littlest Woods came in to see the large inflatable Santa that stands nears the entrance to the media center. Now 18 months, she seemed very content to hang out with Granny. And don't worry that she was crashing the media center, Sam had her proper photo credential that gives her access to the media complex.
As for the golf, KJ Choi and Hunter Mahan have both caught first round leader Jim Furyk at 4 under. Viajy Singh is 3 under and Fred Couples is 3 under for the day, under for the tournament.
Without Tiger, crowds are down, making it nice for those here to get a good look at the golfers who are competing.



December 18, 2008

Off and running


After two brutal days of weather, the first round of the Chevron World Challenge has been greeted by sun and better temperatures.
Early on, Hunter Mahan, and Jim Furyk share the lead at 2 under. A bunch of players, including Luke Donald, and Camilo Villegas are at 1 under.
It will be curious to see what kind of crowds are drawn without Tiger in the field. The media center, which was packed with reporters yesterday when Tiger held his press conference, is now a lot less crowded, which I like more.
Even without Tiger it should be a good event, and pretty competitive.



December 17, 2008

The power of Tiger

Judging by the turnout for his press conference this afternoon at Sherwood Country Club, there's little doubt that Tiger is the absolute center of the golf world.
While there are only a handful of reporters in most of the interviews, the room for Tiger was packed to overflow capacity. Guys like Tim Rosaforte from NBC and Golf World, representatives from media outlets like the New York Times and USA Today are here, and it's primarily because of Tiger. With Tiger not playing this week, most of the press folks won't be here after today.
As for what was said, Tiger fielded mostly questions about his health. He is on schedule for full recovery and has actually started hitting some full shots with his wedges and high clubs. I would not be surprised if he makes a run at trying to play the Buick Invitational in early February.
He only briefly touched on the controversy caused by caddie Steve Williams with his comments about Phil Mickelson. Tiger said he talked with both Williams and Mickelson and the issue is over. He also said Stevie will be on his bag when he returns.
Tiger is probably glad he's not playing this week with all the cold, but it should make for an interesting four days.



July 26, 2008

Big crowds for the Boys

The first weekend practice of the 2008 training camp has brought a huge amount of crowds. After an opening practice where they wore just shorts and helmets, the team is in full pads for the start of two-a-day practices.
As usual, one of the last players on the field for this morning's opening practice was Terrell Owens, who was greeted by chants of TO, TO, TO.
While news off the field dominated day 1, the release of wide receiver Terry Glenn, today figures to be more news from the field. Star quarterback Tony Romo did not speak to the media yesterday but is scheduled to talk with us today, so we'll get the scoop on his goals for this season and his next meeting with girlfriend Jessica Simpson.



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