Posts Tagged ‘Dog Ate Masters Tickets’

By Morgan Bell

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#1) So we had a tie in the rain shortened Par-3 contest, Harrington and Byrd both won! Now I’m not sure if this means that if anyone has either on their roster for fantasy golf you should immediately like I mean RIGHT NOW pull Paddy & Byrd off your fantasy rosters (Paddy’s on mine, I’m having nightmares about it already) but I’m pretty sure the curse has lived on strong for a reason. Even Donald couldn’t break the curse last year. If he can’t, can anyone?! Abort, abort, abort! Ps. When is it my turn to caddie at Augusta, all these girlfriends are making me angry!!

#2) Who in their right mind withdraws from the Masters with a tweaked back!? It’d be one thing if you were to be replaced in the field but when the field is set go with no subs play injured! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m ranting about Dustin Johnson, who withdrew with a bad back yesterday. Apparently, he suffered the injury after moving Sea-Doo’s pre-tournament. I don’t buy it. Sergio Garcia is playing with issues and has openly said he doesn’t have really any expectations (so if you have him on your    roster, scratch that) but like DJ really? It’s THE MASTERS, man up.

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#3) Some pretty crazy weather rocking Augusta the past few nights. Anybody that thinks this is going to be a two-man horse race between Tiger and Rory, I’d like to tell you right now I think you’re going to be wrong. When Augusta is soft you can fire at those pins. As Mickelson said in his press-conference yesterday “If it’s playing like it did today expect it to be a jammed and a birdie fest.” I think it’s going to be jammed, and it’s going to come down to the wire on Sunday. Put a big hitter in though, as it’s going to play a long for the short-knockers. Advantage bombers.

This is what the Champions Dinner looked like

#4) Biltong, Monkey Glad Sauce, Lamb Chops and other things… That was Charl Schwartzel’s champions dinner round-up. I’m sure nobody knows what the first two things are. It’s what you’d see on a typical South Africa “Braii” as they call them. I’ve been to quite a few of those during my South African adventures and I’m definitely not a fan of Biltong, and the Monkey Glad sauce stop cringing it’s not real. Apparently, Charl wanted to man the Braii himself but they wouldn’t let him cook… shame! Anyways it was topped off with ice-cream sundays, so all in all he did well!

#5) Probably one of my favorite things to happen leading up to round one was the story about one of the poor Patron’s (as Augusta National calls spectators) story about his dog eating his tickets! Let me tell you something, I love my dog, like a lot… but this might cross the line because well I’ve never been to Augusta, and I’d give my left leg to go. Thankfully Russ Berkman managed to get part of his tickets back after making his dog, Sierra throw-up and sifting through the vomit to find pieces of his ticket. (You might be saying really, but let me tell you I’d sift through a lot worse of things for Masters tickets) Anyways, the dog is fine and Russ is at Augusta right now. Just a legendary story. The things we’ll do for Magnolia Lane.

BAD DOG!

#6) Top Five Groups to Watch.

8:45: Adam Scott, Bo Van Pelt, Martin Kaymer (Scott was in the hunt on the back nine last year, Bo Van Pelt is having a stellar season, and Kaymer needs to get it moving. Good things are going to happen here….especially if Kaymer keeps doing something like this…)

9:18: Kyle Stanley, Jason Day, Bill Haas (The under 30’s group, fire power, capable of making a lot of birdies)

10:24: Charl Schwartzel, Keegan Bradley, Kelly Kraft (A) (Charl will play well again, Bradley has guts and is undefeated in his major starts (1) why not go 2/2?, Kelly Kraft pretty comfortable pairing for the Am)

1:42: Angel Cabrera, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson (Cabrera has won, McIlroy will win a green jacket and Bubba well he’s just going to smash it, what a fun long group to watch, somebody is going deep!)

1:53: Phil Mickelson, Hunter Mahan, Peter Hanson (Last group out, I won’t be surprised if Mahan or Mickelson are first round co-leaders)

Green's a good colour on Phil

#7) Hands down my favorite media centre moment of the week was Phil Mickelson’s press-conference. It’s awesome enough how well he can work the room but it was even better when a reporter asked him “Phil how much would it mean to you to tie Arnie and Tiger with four green jackets?” Mickelson: “A LOT” Reporter: “Phil could you expand on that?” Mickelson: “AN AWFUL LOT”  If it comes down to Phil and Tiger down the stretch I’m going to have a hard time not going with Phil the Thrill, he’s just has the momentum these days. But as you will see later… I don’t think it will.

#8) I must comment on Rory’s resilience. All he did this week was answer questions about his collapse on last years back nine. I thought he proved himself when he went out and destroyed the field at the US Open? McIlroy comes to Augusta this year a better player (if that’s even possible) He’s #3 in Fed-Ex standings, he’s went 2-1-3 in his last three starts, if he comes 4th at Augusta I’m not going to say I told you so but I will. I don’t have him as my champion, but he will be in the mix, big time.

See ya Sunday!

#9) Here it is ladies and gentlemen, my prediction, my pick, it’s so wild and outrageous you’re not even going to believe it, hold you breath, get ready, fasten your seat belts because this one is outrageous ….. TIGER WOODS! Sure, you’re all saying jump on the bandwagon but I really think Woods’ will take home his 5th green jacket. He’s always in the mix at Augusta and right now his ball striking is deadly. He led in driving accuracy at the Honda and led in greens in regulation at Bay Hill. Put those two things together and that’s all she wrote. He’s has the confidence right now, so look out world! Tiger is back!

Enjoy the week Masters Patrons, be lazy, drink a lot of beers, sit on your couch and enjoy the best week in golf! I know I will be!

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