Tuesday, April 07, 2009

It's not quite the Masters...yet

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Sorry to say but it’s not quite the Masters yet.

Not to harp on the weather but when the azaleas are wearing fleece, it’s too cold for the Masters.


The good news is the weather forecasters seem sure it will be as warm and sunny as Rachel Ray by the time things start for real on Thursday morning.

That’s their story and they’re sticking to it.

For the hundreds or thousands who were fortunate enough to get inside the Augusta National gates for their first time Tuesday, they deserve a do-over. It was a day made for the Chicago Bears, not the Golden Bear.

Skipping tee shots across the pond at the par-3 16th hole, a practice round tradition, loses some of its charm when there are whitecaps and ice floes in the way.

It’s all about the anticipation right now, anyway.

There’s a par-3 tournament this afternoon that’s all about hits and giggles and kids in caddie outfits. Whoever wins will face the prospect of being officially ruled out of contention for the real championship since, of course, no one has ever won both trophies in the same week.

(Note: Please let someone win both one year so people will quit acting like this is a big deal).

Someone asked Tiger Woods if he will play the par-3 event and if his two-year old daughter Sam will caddie for him.

No and no, Tiger said.

He will be on the first tee Thursday at 1:52 p.m.

And the game will be on.


Cedar Posts said...

Hey, Ron!

Yes it was cold, and windy but the Par 3 is not until Wednesday....

On a lighter note the skipping of balls across the pond at 16 went as planned and should the pond freeze over during the night so much the better.

The crowd still roared, and the Augusta National staff was as always friendly and helpful even as the wind continued to build throughout the day and the overcast sky moved in.

Photos were hit or miss as the lighting changed again and again.

But it's still the Masters.

Anonymous said...

I was one of the first-timers at Augusta Tuesday. I did not care if the temps were below freezing nor if polar bears led the charge up 18,I was glad and humbled to be there.

Anonymous said...

I hold season tickets at Appalachian State. I have sat through football games in blizzard, snow, rain and sleet. I was also at Augusta yesterday therefore a little wind didn't bother me.