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    It didn't take long for the Masters to give us its first moment that'll get us banned from Augusta National forever if we don't play it correctly.
    Aaron Baddeley teed off at 8:51 a.m., part of a pairing that included Vijay Singh and Tim Clark. Baddeley's tee shot lofted up, up, drifted left ... and ended up landing in a woman's lap. Yes, really.
    According to Golfweek's Sean Martin, the woman remained seated with the ball in her lap until Baddeley arrived. He then marked the ball's spot underneath her chair with a tee. She stood up, the ball dropped to the ground, and Baddeley then placed it at the tee to set up for his second shot. Talk about an awkward moment.
    The little detour didn't prove a distraction, as Baddeley made par. However, the rest of the round didn't go quite so well; the Aussie dunked a ball on 12 and ended up +3. For such an interesting and promising start, he ended up playing ... Baddeley. (Sorry. So sorry.)
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    Gasp, muffled chatter, and restrained good cheer...

    Great story, just when you say... I have seen the tourney enough times, an amusing event like this delivers itself.
    Still, it is only the practice rounds, which have quite the rambunctious patrons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaze View Post
    Still, it is only the practice rounds, which have quite the rambunctious patrons.
    The practice rounds were held on Monday. Today is the first day of the tournament.
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    I see.

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    ok, interesting first round. couple of dudes with hot putters, you need that at augusta. cut day tomorrow....

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    Man, haven't seen or heard Augusta quite like this in a while. It's LOUD, as the roaring cheers are coming about every five minutes. Guys are bombing the crap out of the pins right now, and it's too early to tell who is going to pull this off.

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    And don't look now, but Woods is now one off the lead.

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    Just got in from shooting 101...FUKK!!...This is a great finish..Rory really choked today eh?,,,I would love to see a 4-5 man playoff..so many within 1 shot til Scott just nailed the 16th..awesome shot
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    Great tourney..felt bad for Mccilroy...shitload of pressure for a 21 yr old or anybody ....4 straight birdies to win for Charl Schwartzel??!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairwrning View Post
    Rory really choked today eh?
    It was awful to watch, and it finally got so bad that after the triple-bogey at 10, he drove his next drive into a creek. He was just standing in the tee box, bent over his club in a state of shock, and CBS stopped showing him on camera for the rest of the tournament.

    Overall, an amazing and intensely satisfying Masters final round. I was rooting for the Australian guys (Adam Scott, Jason Day and Geoff Ogilvy), all three of them within striking distance. In any event, congrats to Charl Schwartzel for a beautifully played round.

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    Well..he seemed to handle the interview well at the end..kid knows his jacket is coming.

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    Impressed with Jason Day too..amazing how many young players there are..I dont recall a "youth " movement in golf like this .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairwrning View Post
    Impressed with Jason Day too..amazing how many young players there are..I dont recall a "youth " movement in golf like this .
    It is odd, as it came on so quickly. For the longest time, the only winners were whomever was playing when Woods was not. You have to imagine that these kids grew up watching Tiger as an inspiration. That and the new technology developed in the past seven years have made for a rapid turnaround. Now that Tiger has become mortal and the rest of the field has grown older, these younger guys were ready to fill the void. The pisser is, they can all hit the ball seven miles, but not one of them seems to have the imagination that Woods had at that age. They seem to overpower the course by brute force alone, and only a handful of them are any good with a putter. That is what makes Day's performance today stand out, as his putting was amazingly accurate, as was Schwartzel's and Ogilvey's.
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    Good point..technology on clubs today is so far beyond that of, hell, five years? I would bet a good percentage of todays PGA players would struggle badly with wooden drivers, paper thin irons and no hybrids...How low would Ben Hogan shoot in his prime today?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fairwrning View Post
    Good point..technology on clubs today is so far beyond that of, hell, five years? I would bet a good percentage of todays PGA players would struggle badly with wooden drivers, paper thin irons and no hybrids...How low would Ben Hogan shoot in his prime today?
    Here's an example: I've been using the same clubs for about ten years now, while the guys I play with have gone out and spent hundreds on the latest things. They usually out drive me, but their short games and putting is dismal, so we are about even when we tee it up. One weekend, we were to play in a charity tournament, when one of our gang broke his foot (biking, of all things). Since he backed out, he allowed me to use his bag. Now I'd never even touched a single club of his, but not only out drove and outscored our crew that day, I managed to get us to a third place finish.

    It is said that a poor craftsman blames his tools, but it did make me seriously reconsider investing in more recent equipment. That is, until the economy tanked and I stopped playing as much, if at all.

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    well done charl. 4 birdie finish. if i didn't watch it, i wouldn't have believed it. the eagle chip in early in the round always helps.

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    aah, putting. that other game within the game. i love it. i sweetly stroked one today which tracked straight towards the hole,
    went left, went right, then leftish again and trickled in...dr.c is playing beautiful golf.

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    111 players, i won by 7 shots. 3 blokes shared 2nd

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    Pro golfer Kevin Na shoots a 16 ... on one hole! (video)

    BY DAN CAHILL Afternoon Sports Club Apr 15, 2011 03:52PM

    Kevin Na set an all-time PGA low, carding a 16 on the ninth hole Thursday at TPC San Antonio during the Texas Open. | AP

    Any weekend golfer is familiar with a “snowman,” the term used for scoring an “8” on a hole.

    But what do you call it when you card a 16? A double snowman?

    Well, for weekend golfers it rarely gets to that point because a compassionate playing partner usually allows the hacker to pick up his ball before it reaches double digits.

    Such is not the case on the PGA Tour.

    Kevin Na, playing in the Texas Open, recorded a tour-record 16 on the ninth hole at the TPC San Antonio on Thursday. Amazingly, he shot a 4-under-par 64 on the other 17 holes, but his meltdown on No. 9 was epic.

    Even the announcers had a hard time keeping track of his shots, at one point saying, “I’m not even sure what stroke he’s playing.”



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    that was pretty funny...

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    bit of an update... i've been very successful lately won a stroke event on april 2nd with 64 nett, a versus par april 9th with plus 13, and a stableford on april 13 with 45 points. i've lost 14 handicap strokes!!!! the ashman is officially on fire.

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    here is [left to right] barney, ash, and Dr.C.



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    barney needs a nice golf shirt...

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    he's got a few... must've been laundry day

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    His shirt looks like sheets after a wet pussy has been on them.
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    it was 42℃ that day.. which is why i prefer to wear white, and lots of sunscreen and anti perspirant

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    Hey ash, do yourself a favor this weekend and check out the Heritage from Hilton Head, South Carolina. The conditions have made it so that landing your ball on the green is like hitting onto an asphalt parking lot covered with wet cardboard. It's a beautiful course with some ball-busting par 3s. This is the course with the lighthouse on the eighteenth green (which has inexplicably been blocked by new grandstands for the past few years, wrecking the view) and where Brian Davis gave himself a two shot penalty last year, handing the victory over to Jim Furyk. Currently, Furyk is tied for the lead with Luke Donald.

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    no worries craig. i've watched that tournament over the years, there are some awesome holes. this course was the work of mr. nicklaus, if i'm not mistaken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashstralia View Post
    no worries craig. i've watched that tournament over the years, there are some awesome holes. this course was the work of mr. nicklaus, if i'm not mistaken?
    Correct, and Pete Dye updated it around 1999.

    It came down to a play off this afternoon between Luke Donald and Brandt Snedeker, and it was a real shoot out.

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    unfortunately mate, i haven't got pay tv so i'll have to see highlights on the news...

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    seve's teeing it up with hogan..... r.i.p.http://www.foxsports.com.au/golf/spa...-1226051648745

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    Damn. I knew he was ill, but I kinda sensed things were bad when he couldn't attend the Masters' Dinner. RIP, Mr. Ballesteros, and thanks for the memories.

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    seve showed a whole lot of golfers that it's ok to play a left handed 5 iron from under a tree whilst on your knees. fucking awesome golf player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    Pro golfer Kevin Na shoots a 16 ... on one hole! (video)

    BY DAN CAHILL Afternoon Sports Club Apr 15, 2011 03:52PM

    Kevin Na set an all-time PGA low, carding a 16 on the ninth hole Thursday at TPC San Antonio during the Texas Open. | AP

    Any weekend golfer is familiar with a “snowman,” the term used for scoring an “8” on a hole.

    But what do you call it when you card a 16? A double snowman?

    Well, for weekend golfers it rarely gets to that point because a compassionate playing partner usually allows the hacker to pick up his ball before it reaches double digits.

    Such is not the case on the PGA Tour.

    Kevin Na, playing in the Texas Open, recorded a tour-record 16 on the ninth hole at the TPC San Antonio on Thursday. Amazingly, he shot a 4-under-par 64 on the other 17 holes, but his meltdown on No. 9 was epic.

    Even the announcers had a hard time keeping track of his shots, at one point saying, “I’m not even sure what stroke he’s playing.”
    Wow. And that hole did not even have a drawbridge going up and down,...and that is the one that always gets me.
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    One year later, same result: Tiger quits at TPC.

    Woods withdraws from Players after nine holes

    Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press/YAHOO


    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - Tiger Woods limped off the golf course and into an uncertain future.

    His return at The Players Championship from what he had described as a "minor injury" lasted only nine holes Thursday. Woods withdrew because of pain in his left knee and Achilles tendon, but not before taking 42 shots for his worst nine-hole score on the TPC Sawgrass course.

    "I'm having a hard time walking," he said.

    Woods flexed his left knee after hitting tee shots. He took baby steps to climb out of a bunker. He walked with a golf club for support, lagging a football field behind his playing partners with a noticeable limp. His quickest steps were to catch up to Martin Kaymer on the way to the 10th tee to tell him he was done.

    Before driving off in a white Mercedes, Woods ducked into a fitness trailer with a sign painted on the side that said, "Is knee pain holding you back?"

    The more relevant question is where Woods goes from here.

    The crisis in his personal life that led to divorce last summer no longer appears to be the biggest obstacle in regaining his golf game or pursuing Jack Nicklaus' record 18 majors.

    It's his health.

    Woods already has gone through four surgeries on his left knee. Now he has an Achilles problem, too. He has gone 18 months since his last win, three years without adding to his 14 majors, and he has no idea when he will be fit enough to compete again.

    It started on the first hole, a three-wood that "just didn't feel good" and sailed well to the left into the pine trees. His left foot slipped on the pine straw — similar to the shot on the 17th hole at Augusta National in the third round that caused this latest injury — and he wound up on the side of a mound short of the green, another awkward stance.

    "The knee acted up, and then the Achilles followed after that, and then the calf started cramping up," Woods said. "Everything started getting tight, so it's just a whole chain reaction."

    Asked if he should have walked off the course earlier, Woods replied, "Probably."

    He stopped on the seventh hole of the fourth round at The Players last year with what turned out to be a minor neck injury. This time he made it only to the ninth hole of the first round. From the fairway, he blasted a five-wood so far over the green that it landed beyond a bunker, under a tree. He flubbed his chip into the bunker, blasted out to 25 feet and made another bogey.

    "Tiger looked like he was in pain today," said Matt Kuchar, the third in their group. "You could tell he was walking quite slowly, quite gingerly. He was last to get to his ball every time. … Probably by the second hole, you could tell that walk wasn't normal. And I think by the third hole, started seeing some grimacing."

    Kaymer, who opened with a 67 as he tries to return to No. 1 in the world, was playing with Woods for only the second time.

    "Nobody really knows how much pain he was in," Kaymer said. "He was walking really slowly. He was walking behind us. But I didn't know that it was because of pain, or I just thought that he walks a little slower than me."

    Woods had not played since the Masters, when he said he hurt his knee and Achilles after hitting from the pine straw beneath Eisenhower Tree in the third round. Woods briefly tied for the lead the next day and finished tied for fourth.

    He described it as a minor injury two weeks ago when saying that he would skip the Wells Fargo Championship last week, and his coach, Sean Foley of Burlington, Ont., said he had been walking in a protective boot.

    Woods did not practise after the Masters until Monday. He did not play golf until Tuesday at Sawgrass — nine holes, then another nine holes on Wednesday. It was not ideal preparation on a course he does not particularly enjoy.

    Foley was with Woods on the practice range Thursday morning and said he looked fine. The coach then went to watch two other clients, and while passing by on the ninth hole noticed that Woods was walking some 40 yards behind the others.

    "This week I've been quite happy that he had that layoff and still looked quite a bit like the weekend at Augusta," Foley said. "I don't know. I don't think it's so much his swing as the walking, you know? It's the whole thing. You get out of bed, who knows?"

    Off the tee, Woods looked fine. He hit his driver 40 yards by Kaymer and Kuchar on No. 9, and he was 30 yards past Kaymer on No. 5. Of the five times in seven holes that Woods hit the fairway, however, he never once hit the green.

    His only birdie putt came on the par-3 third, and he missed that from 15 feet.

    On the next hole, he pulled his tee shot into the mounds left of the fairway, then said, "No!" when his next shot found the water. After taking a penalty drop some 30 yards short of the hazard, Woods' pitch shot to a back pin hit the bulkhead and went back into the pond. He had to make a 20-foot putt for triple bogey.

    Asked if the triple bogey was related to his knee, Woods said, "The tee shot was. It grabbed me on the tee shot there. But the pitch shots weren't. Those were just bad pitch shots. Those were just awful."

    Woods typically would next play the Memorial in three weeks, with the U.S. Open at Congressional — a course on which he won two years ago at his AT&T National — starting June 15.

    Woods has no idea when he can return.

    "I just finished nine holes," he said. "Give me a few days to see what the docs say, and we'll take a look at it."

    For Woods, however, this is becoming an old story.

    "He's got to get healthy," Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III said. "He obviously played good at the Masters when he was healthy. Whatever it is, he should stay away until he's feeling better."

    The 42 was three shots higher than his previous worst nine-hole score at the TPC Sawgrass. His worst nine-hole score on the PGA Tour was a 43 on four occasions, most recently on the back nine at Quail Hollow last year when he missed the cut.

    Woods said doctors told him he could play this week.

    "The more rest I get, the better it would be, obviously," Woods said. "It's a big event. I wanted to come back for it and play, and unfortunately I wasn't able to finish."

    His pursuit of Nicklaus looks further away with each setback. Woods remains at 14 majors, none since his U.S. Open title at Torrey Pines in 2008, when he went 91 holes over five days before having reconstructive surgery on his left knee.

    He said neither the pain nor the injury was as bad Thursday.

    "No, no, my leg was broken there," Woods said. "So no, not quite that bad."

    Then again, this isn't a major. Woods had said earlier that he would not have skipped Quail Hollow last week had it been a major. And he still has three majors ahead of him over the next three months.

    Asked if he had any worries, Woods replied, "I know I have, but it's just a matter of what we're going to do about it."

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    so anyone been watching the u.s. open? rory's at it again... only probs for me: to watch the last 9 holes each day live (i don't have pay tv) i have to get up at 5am and it's the middle of freaking winter here.

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    That's the nice thing about the Golf channel and for the Open, ESPN: Thursday and Friday's rounds (and every so often, the weekend's) are repeated in prime time. Th downside to ESPN's coverage is the insufferable boar Chris Berman, who knows next to nothing about golf and resorts to shoe-horning in odd phrases associated with baseball and football to describe the action. Berman's ignorance reached a climax last year when he uttered the word shank in describing a player's errant ball, which has been a no-no dating back to when the sport was first being televised in the late 1940s. It's pretty much the same as announcing a pitcher is in the middle of a perfect game, it simply isn't done.

    The scoring this year has been really strange. Guys you never heard of are knocking in 20 foot putts, while the top 3 players in the world (Donald, Westwood and Kaymer) can't seem to find the fairway. Rory at one point had a 13 shot lead, the biggest lead ever at the Open. He hit into the water on 18 (along with 5 or 6 other guys who were above par at the time) and settled for 11 under.

    ash, you can watch the Open online for free at ESPN3. If unavailable in your area, there are a handful of other sites HERE.
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