Live from the Masters: My main man Tiger Woods has a cough

Here's Tiger, feeling the pressure of playing for the Bradley college fund. (AP photo)

Here's Tiger, feeling the pressure of playing for the Bradley college fund. (AP photo)

Augusta – I walked the front nine with Tiger Woods, and not just because he was my No. 1 pick in the AJC Masters draft. About which, I probably should explain.

The AJC Masters draft is a tradition like no other. The late and much-missed Tom McCollister instituted it at the communal AJC rental house, wherever said house happened to be that year. Esteemed colleague Steve Hummer now serves as the torchbearer and draft poohbah, and he takes this responsibility very seriously.

(Mr. Hummer also cooks, and well. He prepared the steak and potatoes for our crew Wednesday. It’s the best meal I’ve ever had in Augusta, Ga.)

But enough about food. I drew the No. 5 position from the slips in Mr. Hummer’s NBC Sports cap. (The hat is multi-purpose: Mr. Hummer is wearing it as we speak. He’s two seats down, typing away on Mr. Ken Sugiura’s computers, Mr. Hummer’s first two computers — that’s correct; I said first two — having gone ka-blooey in the press room.)

The first four picks in the AJC draft: Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Martin Kaymer. And then it was my turn, and I thought, “Can I really not pick Tiger Woods at No. 5?”

My answer: No. It would, I thought, be like not picking Kobe as one of your starting guards. And I’m reasonably certain that Tiger hasn’t gone any lower than second in any AJC draft since he first won the Masters in 1997.

So I followed my man for nine holes this morning and into the afternoon, and I wasn’t overwhelmed with my chances of winning this contest, either. He missed a lot of putts. He hit some bad shots. He was 1-under at the turn, and it was a 1-under that could have been 3-under or 3-over. But the day is young, even if I’m not.

More later on Tiger, who had, I should report, a coughing spell on the No. 9 green. Just my luck, I thought: Tiger Woods falls to me in the AJC Masters draft, and he’ll wind up being mastered by pollen.

By Mark Bradley

47 comments Add your comment

Me

April 7th, 2011
1:38 pm

Stan Diego

April 7th, 2011
1:41 pm

Uh, Matt Kuchar at #3? What am I missing?

Michael Scharff

April 7th, 2011
1:56 pm

Enjoy the day, Mark. If no showers come through and the weather heats up as expected, you know what that means in terms of the greens. At that point, it’s still important to hit the fairways, but pitching and putting become, as Artie Johnson use to say, “veerrry interesting.”

Cecil34

April 7th, 2011
1:58 pm

Ben Hogan will win, hands down.

Cecil34

April 7th, 2011
1:59 pm

What year is this again?

Reid Adair

April 7th, 2011
2:00 pm

I don’t think Tiger Woods now to Kobe Bryant now is much of a comparison.

But, hey, maybe it will pay off for you, Mark.

Mark Bradley

April 7th, 2011
2:11 pm

GT81Lawyer

April 7th, 2011
2:12 pm

Arnie was putting good yesterday. Who knows? What? He’s not playing? Geez, then I’ll go with Cink.

Bob Sacamano

April 7th, 2011
2:12 pm

Actually Tiger and Kobe have a LOT in common if you think back…

juvenal

April 7th, 2011
2:17 pm

drought is over, pollen is bad…..try singulair…….

Badgerina

April 7th, 2011
2:24 pm

He won’t get going till Saturday.

Buckeye

April 7th, 2011
2:25 pm

Sucks to be you today, eh Brads?

JASon

April 7th, 2011
2:29 pm

“Live from the Masters: My main man Tiger Woods has a cough”

Do you mean the man who cheated on his wife while she was at home caring for his two children? But thank god he is back playing golf, because, you know, that’s the most important thing.

Mark Bradley

April 7th, 2011
2:38 pm

Tiger Woods cheated on his wife? Really?

JSS

April 7th, 2011
2:40 pm

“Do you mean the man who cheated on his wife while she was at home caring for his two children?”

I didn’t know Thomas Jefferson was playing the front nine?

GT-'93

April 7th, 2011
2:42 pm

GT! GT! GT!

Go Tiger! Go Tiger! Go Tiger!

Buckeye

April 7th, 2011
2:43 pm

Steak and potatoes?

Rib Eye? Filet? Strip?

Gas? Kingsford?

daPro

April 7th, 2011
2:44 pm

“Uh, Matt Kuchar at #3? What am I missing?” You must have missed watching any golf over the past year and a half. Kuchar is at the top of his game at the moment. He ranks 3rd in scoring avarage, hasn’t placed out of the top 10 in 2011, and made a dang good run for the cup last year.

dap01

April 7th, 2011
2:44 pm

Tiger will be down by 15 strokes and ESPN will give us a Tiger update, complete with “cough” coverage.

dap01

April 7th, 2011
2:45 pm

Let us know if he has an itch while playing.

Bownie

April 7th, 2011
2:46 pm

JSS – Man you’re reaching waaaaaaaaaaaaay back for that on.

JSS

April 7th, 2011
2:47 pm

This blog is taking on the image of an episode of “King of the Hill!”

JSS

April 7th, 2011
2:51 pm

Bownie
April 7th, 2011
2:46 pm
“JSS – Man you’re reaching waaaaaaaaaaaaay back for that on(e).”

I would have said Trump, but then the political wogs would get started… It’s too pretty out for that…

JSS

April 7th, 2011
2:53 pm

Dang Barbara, you’re way late!

Mark Bradley`s Booster

April 7th, 2011
3:07 pm

Mark: Anything goodor interesting to tell us about the rest of the field?

PMC

April 7th, 2011
3:24 pm

Tiger rarely goes low on Thursday. The fact that he’s one under and just barely missing everything is a great sign Mark. He’s hitting some really fine shots and judging putts well. He’ll be there on moving day.

Any time there’s a gorgeous day like this someone always shoots 65 on Thursday.

Thomas

April 7th, 2011
3:24 pm

Mark, can you disclose the draft order? Hummer rig it for the first pick?

PMC

April 7th, 2011
3:25 pm

I think the major difference between Tiger and Kobe at this point is that we know most of Tigers….ahem indiscretions.

Mark Bradley

April 7th, 2011
3:27 pm

Mr. Hummer did not have the first pick.

Denise

April 7th, 2011
3:29 pm

Could this be staged in case he is doing really bad and needs an excuse?

Mark Bradley

April 7th, 2011
3:29 pm

I’m hesitant to divulge the draft order — beyond my own pick — for fear of IRS ramifications.

Not A Hewitt Fan

April 7th, 2011
3:43 pm

Any chance we can get a stream goin about Lebron’s mom?
I mean….comon. Guess u cant shine sh—–t, no matter how much money you put into it.

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Carlyle Rood

April 7th, 2011
3:46 pm

Mark, if you link to the video of McIlroy playing the 4th (from his scorecard as linked from the leader board on Masters.org), it sure seems like Rory “birdied” with the wrong ball. Alternatively, the tape may have been edited from the grassy knoll. Have you seen it yet?

Mel from Atlanta

April 7th, 2011
3:49 pm

I thought you were going to boycott the Masters because it wasn’t PC.

Martha Burke

April 7th, 2011
3:50 pm

Iron your shirts?

Wink

April 7th, 2011
3:52 pm

I left all my curses, and they were many, with Hummer.

Had the pleasure of the Masters house a few times. Great time, great company. Miss it.

And yes, Tom McCollister is missed. What a gem.

mw

Mark Bradley

April 7th, 2011
4:18 pm

There are many grassy knolls at ANGC. Anything is possible.

B

April 7th, 2011
4:32 pm

Regarding Rory, I think he played the correct ball, I think the video of the ball in flight is the wrong ball. Ricky would have had the honors seeing that he birdied 2&3, and in the video of the tee shot you can already see the ball on the green where Rory birdied from…

Carlyle Rood

April 7th, 2011
4:39 pm

It was the grassy knoll (and sloppy editing). McIlroy had the honor. The video shows a ball on the green when “Rory’s” ball lands. (Credit to my kid brother for figuring that out.)

Todd - Dacula

April 7th, 2011
5:10 pm

Why is Tiger cheating still a story; hndreds of thousands of people [womena and men] cheat every day. He$$, even some of you on this blog cheat. Let it go… It’s old news. Tiger is no longer a cheater, he’s no longer married, so he can do what ever he want to; even bang some of your wives or girlfriends and I hope he really do. It’sll really give you something to blog about.

Delbert D.

April 7th, 2011
5:14 pm

Tiger gagged on the 9th hole?

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3:26 pm

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