No rain, but cool and windy weather leads to early struggles

AUGUSTA — Although the second round of the Masters seems to have escaped  rain, cool temperatures and winds have made for some struggles for those out early Friday. After first-round temperatures in the 80s, the temperature at Augusta National was 52 degrees Friday.

Hole No. 1 is making its presence known. Ryo Ishikawa and John Senden had triple-bogeys on the opening hole and the likes of Scott Verplank, Mike Weir, Sandy Lyle, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Peter Hanson all took double-bogeys.

The weather promised to clear and warm up later this afternoon but those with early tee times have struggled. Louis Oosthuizen, who was tied for second after a first-round 4-under par, fell off the leader board. He shot a 39 on the front nine which included a double-bogey on No. 2.First-round leader Lee Westwood teed off at 9:40 a.m.  Phil Mickelson had a mid-morning tee time.

Tiger Woods tees off at 1:42 p.m.

The weekend weather forecast is much better with sunny skies and temperatures in the high 70s.

- Chris Vivlamore

8 comments Add your comment


April 6th, 2012
11:51 am

Never bend over in an all male club.


April 6th, 2012
12:14 pm

Come on — Augusta is a private club. Legally, there is absolutely nothing amiss with the present membership determining who is eligible to be a member of the club. And may I point out, Augusta National is NOT the only private club in America that restricts its membership to a single gender. There are others as well. Rather than make an ugly fuss during the Masters, I think it would be far more logical to settle in and enjoy this week’s wonderful event without the gender hype, and let the Augusta membership make their own determinations. BTW, I am a golfer, and a member at a private club — my husband doesn’t play, but is not averse to my doing so.


April 6th, 2012
12:54 pm

@sonnyjoe;keep out of midtown

as for golf: BORING and terrible coverage on ESPN,but the course is beautiful


April 6th, 2012
1:23 pm

Annie – thank you for your sane comment in a sea of insanity. I am so glad for considerate females as I am married to one. The course is beautiful and the weather is very nice.

Masters Member

April 6th, 2012
1:55 pm

We are not conceited we are just better than you.

Politically correct

April 6th, 2012
2:05 pm

Good event for politicians to gain votes with politically charged opinions.

Like the stance of this club. Heard a good quote along these lines: “Political correctness is the enemey of courage.”

Thanks, Annie.


April 6th, 2012
2:59 pm

It’s not that they can’t legally do it. That has never been the point; if it was it would have ended a long time ago. It is more a question of should they morally do it. I think they should allow women, though I’m not militant or anything about it.

Looks like the weather has cleared up; it looks gorgeous out there as usual…

Kevin Engle

April 6th, 2012
4:34 pm

Tiger just said GD into the microphone after his tee shot on the 13th. He should know better.