Ramblings from the Easy Chair and Elsewhere

by G. Rennie

Working for a living isn’t all bad but on days like this I wish I were retired, free to watch endless TV and video coverage of The Masters. But you do what you gotta do and take advantage of whatever limited viewing time you can grab.

Phil can't believe that putt went in.

Phil can’t believe that putt went in.

When I was able to get in front of a TV I stumbled onto the 10th green just as Philly Mick stroked  a monstrous, snaking birdie putt that went underground and seemingly righted his round after a three over front side. A par saving 15 footer on 11 confirmed the momentum turnaround and the follow up tee ball on the 12th promised a birdie as Philly Mick took on the pin and got it to makeable range.

Well the birdie didn’t drop on Golden  Bell but it went down on Azalea, the pivotal first par 5 on the backside.  Momentum changes come like lightning and another bolt struck Lefty on 14 and a double jolt sent him reeling on 15 as he managed double bogey here after washing his third shot approach. It was hold on and try to get it into the house without further damage from then on which he managed to do. At plus four Phil is eight back of leader Billy Haas. A big move must be made Friday if Phil wants to be in the conversation on Sunday.

The Links Life Golf crew was in their prognosticating glory yesterday but we are all humbled after the first days play as most our picks finished over par. Out of twenty total picks for contenders only seven were under par. We’ll keep a tally going for the week. Each of us picked four players to contend, three favorites and a long shot. Here come the aggregate scores:

G. Rennie + 3 .  Rode Adam Scott all the way, lucky dog.
Big Dick.  +6.  He might be Big Dick but he’s not Big Dummy.
Lil Skins.  +8.  Going with the wrong Watson hurt.
Big Skins. +8.   Paulina’s boyfriend did him wrong.
The Greek.  +18.  Triple D’s ( Day, Dufner and DeLaet) did him in.
We’re looking forward to a bounce back on Friday.

It’s always a special day when The Masters gets underway but today was especially great for me and my family. Granddaughter Natalie made her debut this morning. Can’t wait to get her some clubs.


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