The fast, dry conditions played to his strengths, and he took advantage,hitting fairways and greens while making lots of putts.
Seven minutes into Thursday's broadcast, Faldo, who reined in his cheekinessbut remained sharp, predicted an over-par winning score. Wonder if he washappier to be right or to be in the warm booth?
The celebrated architect was brought in by former Augusta chairman HootieJohnson to draw a mustache on the Mona Lisa, and last week his work looked likea giant Fu Manchu--in indelible ink.
The Black Knight tied Arnold Palmer's record of 50 Masters appearances andlooked good doing it--he finished at a respectable 16 over in brutalconditions.
April 15, 2007
The most dreaded term in professional golf. There were 38 of them this yearafter only 22 in 2006.
Despite a bad back and tough conditions, Freddie toughed it out in the name ofMasters glory and tied Gary Player's record by making the cut for a 23rdstraight year.
Its live webcasts featured the ingenious Boss Button, a tab that converted thescreen to a spreadsheet in a single click, so all the CEOs watching at workcould avoid getting caught by their assistants.
He was in the hunt until the final hole, but faced with a course he couldn'toverpower, he failed to pull off the shots he needed down the stretch.
Baker-Finch talks a lot without saying anything, except to promote Australiaand pimp any Aussie player. Is he getting a kickback from the tourismboard?
Rough. Trees. Narrow fairways. Flags on mounds. The original artist'smasterpiece has been dismantled to the point that it would almost certainly beunrecognizable to him--or Bobby Jones.
A big week for Arnie--he hit the opening tee shot--but he looked petty when hetook a swipe at Player by saying, "If he's not embarrassed for himself, Iwon't be embarrassed for him."
A Masters staple, the roar-inducing eagle was truly a rare bird in 2007,appearing only 18 times--with 10 of those coming on Sunday--compared with 29last year.
Coming in with little practice, he played reasonably well and made the cut, butCouples is likely done for the season thanks to a cranky back that may requiresurgery.
Its version of Masters Extra kicked viewers off every 10 minutes, interruptingthe action and forcing stalwart watchers to restart the player five times tocatch the entire hour.
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