Live from the Masters: Wondering about rain, Rory and Phil

Here's Phil Mickelson, noted horticulturist. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Here we see Mr. Phil Mickelson, noted horticulturist. (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Augusta – Back at the press center. Play underway. Thirty percent chance of thunderstorms.

Ian Woosnam has completed four holes. His scores: 4-4-4-4. I’m thinking about posting this pertinent information on foursquare, as soon as I figure out what foursquare is.

Theme of the day, as best I can discern: Can Rory McIlroy, tied for first after Round 1, break 80? (At the 2010 British Open, he opened, as it were, with a 63. He followed that with the aforementioned 80?)

Subplot: Can Phil Mickelson, the overwhelming favorite and the people’s choice, make his move, or does he wait until the weekend? By his standards, Mickelson had a fairly serene opening round — three birdies (two on par-5’s, which should count as only a half-birdie) and one bogey. I’m planning on watching Phil a bit, so I’ll keep you abreast of developments.

And with that I leave you.

By Mark Bradley

45 comments Add your comment

Me

April 8th, 2011
9:22 am

Barry

April 8th, 2011
9:25 am

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2011
9:25 am

Kudos to Me.

Barry

April 8th, 2011
9:26 am

Rory will have a bad round. That is gauaranteed. So will Alvaros.

Trip

April 8th, 2011
9:26 am

Mickelson only birdied one par 5 (no. 8)and no. 14 which is a par 4.

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2011
9:27 am

Mickelson birdied two par-5’s — Nos. 8 and 15.

Trip

April 8th, 2011
9:27 am

Sorry read the sentence wrong.

Barry

April 8th, 2011
9:27 am

Today is moving day for phil. The putts will drop as he’s playing early morning. better conditions.
My guess is phil finishes with a 66 and in the top 4 at -8

Trip

April 8th, 2011
9:29 am

That last group yesterday was awesome to watch coming down the stretch.

juvenal

April 8th, 2011
9:47 am

forecast bad….go Matt!

DawginLex

April 8th, 2011
9:52 am

Mark,

Eat a sandwich for me. In the little wrapper.

I haven’t been to Augusta since 1995.

Pulling for a Tiger/Phil pairing on Sunday. Problem with that idea is it probably means Phil is out of contention……………

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2011
9:55 am

I have eaten a sandwich, DawginLex. Though not today.

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2011
9:55 am

Getting overcast, FYI.

Sonny Clusters

April 8th, 2011
10:06 am

Was that last sentence a trick sentence?

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2011
10:06 am

Which last sentence?

Sonny Clusters

April 8th, 2011
10:12 am

We played Augusta National once but not in a tournament. We lost a ball in the lake coming off Amen Corner. The day we was there they weren’t selling the little pimento cheese sandwiches for $1.50. One time we asked for a Coca-Cola and they sold it to us in little green cups without a Coca-Cola logo. We wasn’t sure it was the Real Thing.

Sonny Clusters

April 8th, 2011
10:13 am

keeping us abreast of developments . . .

Roger De Bris

April 8th, 2011
10:15 am

My guess is phil finishes with a 66 and in the top 4 at –8…

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But is later disqualified for having 15 drivers in his golf bag.

Sonny Clusters

April 8th, 2011
10:16 am

We carved our name on a tree over on the 17th hole. They made a big commotion about it. Can you see Tiger Woods from where you are? Did he get his putter back?

Joe Tess Fish House

April 8th, 2011
10:29 am

I thing golf is a waist of time. All they do is hit a little white ball…How hard can that be? The worse part is they get paid lots of mony.

Golf is dum

Will

April 8th, 2011
10:30 am

Augusta is a special place… my son survived Leukemia there at MCG. While there for 5 years of treatment we bought a house, made friends, and were invited to The Masters on several occasions. Plus our house we bought was about 5 mins off Washington and made for a cool place for friends to hang out all Masters week.

It’s amazing how you can make a crappy situation into something that turns out pretty good. We sold our house after treatment but I miss being up there for this week.

Joe Tess Fish House

April 8th, 2011
10:33 am

Really. Any sport where fat guys can compete is not a sport.

Samurai99

April 8th, 2011
10:45 am

Glad your son made it, Will. There are good folks in Augusta.

From a State economic development perspective, The Masters is like the gift that keeps on giving: an international event that creates direct and indirect jobs, while giving Augusta the opportunity to show what a “non metro” community outside Atlanta is all about. They just run that thing so well, I wish we had a few more like it.

LSU in Atlanta

April 8th, 2011
10:59 am

The Masters, One of my Favorite weeks of the year. I have been to Augusta National just twice in my life, in ‘97 when Tiger won his first one(also the same year he played a practice round with Jack and Arnie), and again in ‘98. Got John Daly’s autograph then.

TommyJack

April 8th, 2011
11:03 am

Joe Tess: Is correct spelling dumb?

Joey

April 8th, 2011
11:05 am

“…so I’ll keep you abreast of developments.”
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Mark, wouldn’t that line go better if you were following Natalie Gulbis?

Joycee Banicheck

April 8th, 2011
11:11 am

Apparently football isn’t a sport either since Grady Jackson played in the NFL for years…

Joe Tess Fish House

April 8th, 2011
11:16 am

Gardy Jackson did not play all he did was get in the way sense he was so heavy. Ne was no good really.

Joe Tess Fish House

April 8th, 2011
11:18 am

These guys dont even cary there own golf clubs. How is this a sport? Its 2 eassy 4 them.

juvenal

April 8th, 2011
11:21 am

Mark, you think Matt will do well?

Joey

April 8th, 2011
11:24 am

Prince Fielder MLB, Glen (Big Baby) Davis NBA, most OLs and NTs NFL. You don’t see any fat pro tennis players, though.

Due Diligence

April 8th, 2011
11:25 am

Mark, have you seen Charlie Sheen out there yet?

Phil Mickelson

April 8th, 2011
11:25 am

Mark, I birdied #2. Keep up . . .

Jeremy

April 8th, 2011
11:25 am

If I remember correctly Rory got stuck Friday at the British last year in some brutal late afternoon weather that took its toll on almost everybody that was out on the course at that time. He played pretty well Sat & Sun after that.

SAL

April 8th, 2011
11:42 am

Will the “birther ” question have any affect??

Donald Trump

April 8th, 2011
11:49 am

Buckeye

April 8th, 2011
12:33 pm

I’d like to see it come down to Tiger and/or Phil against one of the young studs – Rickie, Rory or one of the brutes in the last grouping yesterday.

Hey Brads…..do you get to play the couse come Monday? Or, is it just the CBS/ESPN crew?

Ricky Rudd

April 8th, 2011
1:07 pm

I’m in turn 3 bearing down hard on Junior. Gone git left side rubber at the next yellow.

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2011
1:09 pm

Phil Mickelson, with whom I and others walked the front nine, fell to even-par after six holes but birdied 8 and 9.

Rory McIlroy hit his tee shot on No. 1 into a bunker.

Mark Bradley

April 8th, 2011
1:09 pm

And the skies have cleared. It’s humid, though

Martha Burke

April 8th, 2011
1:14 pm

Fetch me some them PImento CHeezze sammiches Billy..an a Sprite.

K.C. Frenchy

April 8th, 2011
2:01 pm

KJ will win it, hes focused, knows & loves the course, & hes in a zone, has a fighters mentality cause he is a former boxer, Choi will wear green on Sunday! Chop Chop

Tell the truth

April 8th, 2011
2:16 pm

Mark who are you following?

Mel from Atlanta

April 8th, 2011
3:17 pm

Bradley: Some said your golf swing is like your breath – it stinks.

Neck

April 8th, 2011
4:17 pm

Non metro = non Screw it, never mind.