Doug Ferguson files several fun notes, including this one related to Tiger's late practice session.
Bubba Watson was among the first to go off, no doubt looking for Woods to join some elite company. By midmorning, photographers were on the prowl and fans began to murmur, ``Has anyone seen Tiger.''
James Corrigan focuses on the teens and Rory McIlroy in particular, considering his chances at his inaugural Masters.
Larry Dorman analyzes how Padraig Harrington has eluded the spotlight in pursuit of his third straight major.
Mike Aitken talks to Monty about the European players and why Paul Casey has so much potential to win at Augusta, highlighted by his high ball flight.
Jerry Potter files the latest story on the downturn in entertainment spending outside the gates.
The press conferences were dull outside of Gary Player announcing his retirement. Jim McCabe celebrates Player's incredible run. As for the press conference transcripts...
Gary Player is here.
Rory McIlroy is here.
And inexplicably, Anthony Kim was called in to the media center and his chat is here.
Monday saw more piling on when it comes to bashing the course changes. Gosh, I remember the good ole days when writers cared about getting drawn in the Monday lottery.
In this Golfweek Q&A, Paul Goydos doesn't hold back.
What’s one thing you would change about the Masters if you could?
Goydos: I’d bring the fun back in it. The golf course has gotten too long and it’s lost all of it’s fun. I can’t reach any of the par-5s in two, so it’s turned into a battle of attrition. They have to get it back to this battle of wits, but now it’s more like a U.S. Open. Like I said, if you’ve got a two-shot lead going into the back nine and you shoot even par, you’re going to win the tournament. That needs to go away.
Bob Harig (here) and Daniel Wexler (here) both review the many changes and crunch some numbers, while Steve Elling focuses on the peculiarity of any weather hiccup throwing the entire course into chaos, all because they have so few options to move tees.
Immelman points out that he was 11 under after 54 holes, right in line with scoring in previous years, before the weather turned foul in the final round with winds gusting in excess of 30 mph.
"When you're playing a golf course like Augusta National, the beauty of Augusta National, its defense is that you really need to be accurate and you need to really control the distance and the trajectory of your golf ball," Immelman said. "When that's a golf course's defense, then a 30-mile-an-hour wind is thrown into the equation, it becomes extremely difficult for golfers."
That's exactly the point. The course is so punitive that weather wrinkles can make it unendurable. The design limitations make it difficult to counteract Mother Nature and the numbers speak for themselves: Nobody has shot four rounds under par since Woods in 2002. The last real final-round gun battle took place between Els and Phil Mickelson in 2004, a week in which 30 eagles and three aces -- two in successive groups on Sunday -- were recorded.
Seems a distant memory, really.
"What's the problem with 12 under winning the Masters?" Faldo asked. "There really isn't one."
And finally, Golfweek offers a few photos from Monday's practice, minus the copyright free music. It's only Monday though.