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April 11, 2008
Early off has the advantage
Sometimes the luck of the draw has a lot to do with who wins a golf tournament. That could be the case with this year's Masters. The players who had late tee times on Thursday and early times today definitely had the advantage when it came to scoring conditions. It was pretty calm all day on Thursday but it was wet in the morning, making the course play longer. Today, there was no wind until about 2 p.m.The guys currently at the top of the leaderboard all had that situation. Both Brandt Snedeker and Trevor Immelman went out late/early the two days and they are the two best scores. Phil Mickelson got out late morning and had great scoring conditions for the first nine. He was 3 under through nine and finished at 5 under, and is currently tied for third.
Tiger Woods has the opposite draw and so far things are not going well. He is 1 over through seven holes today, and with a poor back nine could even be in danger of missing the cut. Unless Woods puts together some of that Tiger "magic" the Grand Slam run is going to end before it gets started.