Play under way on ‘cut day’ at The Masters

Augusta — The crowds were slow to arrive to Augusta National this morning. There was a chill in the air — temperatures were in the mid-40s when the gates opened — and there was not the incentive of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus teeing off for the first time in history to get many here early.

But a Chamber of Commerce day is on tap. The powerful thunderstorms that swept through the area Thursday night washed away the thick pollen dust and brought the temperatures back to normal. Today’s high is expected to be about 72.

Golfers are already out on the course. The first group of the day — Ben Crane, Simon Dyson and Michael Campbell — teed off on No. 1 at 7:50 a.m. The threesomes have been going off in 11-minute intervals ever since.

Tiger Woods, tied for seventh at 4-under-par, begins his second round at 10:35 a.m. Tournament leader Fred Couples (6-under) starts at 10:02. Tom Watson (5-under) goes out at 12:25 p.m. Phil Mickelson (5-under) begins at 1:42 this afternoon.

It’s a big day for the players. It’s cut day. The field of 96 will be reduced at the end of the day to the top 44 players plus ties and anyone within 10 strokes of the lead.

Woods, by the way, owns the longest active streak of Masters cuts made at 13 followed by Phil Mickelson (tied for second at 5-under) at 12 cuts made. Gary Player and Couples hold the Masters record of 23 in a row. Jack Nicklaus, of course, has made more than anybody at 37.

14 comments Add your comment


April 9th, 2010
9:27 am

Will the wind pickup this afternoon? If so, will Tiger take control of this tournament? Yes he will,today could be moving day,(a day early)everyone knows how he loves Saturdays.


April 9th, 2010
9:41 am

I don’t think this is the kind of threesome Tiger had in mind. Good thing Elin isn’t around and Josyn James is nearby. She can rustle one up for him later.


April 9th, 2010
9:53 am

I hope Tiger plays well again today. Good Luck.


April 9th, 2010
9:55 am

Watney shot 68 yesterday and has parred the first 4 holes Chip. His playing partner Ryan Moore birdied the first hole.


April 9th, 2010
10:34 am

I also hope that Tiger has another good day.

Chip Towers

April 9th, 2010
10:52 am

GTSteve: Looked at the wrong side of the pairings sheet.

KimZ's Package

April 9th, 2010
11:40 am

What do you think will be on the Flyover Banner today?


April 9th, 2010
11:42 am

How is Tiger doing so far? Can’t see it on TV yet.

Chip Towers

April 9th, 2010
1:15 pm

You can follow Tigers’ progress HERE.

Mortimer Collins

April 9th, 2010
1:42 pm

Im glad all of the current and prior women in Tigers life will get to see him play!! Im happy for them one and all!!



April 9th, 2010
1:47 pm

Damn people, this is The Masters not the ‘Tiger Wood Invitational’. I hope Couples or even better Tom Watson wins. Open your minds for crying out loud!

Mortimer Collins

April 9th, 2010
1:53 pm

Nor is it the “Falcon60 Invitational”. Sir, please sit down or I will sit you down.

Get a life

April 9th, 2010
2:03 pm

Guys come on. When will the Tiger cracks end? He who is without sin, let him/her cast the next stone……

Mortimer Collins

April 9th, 2010
2:17 pm

My comments are genuine. IMO Tiger did nothing wrong!