Early Saturday Masters Reads

masterslogo2.gifFred Couples still hasn't missed a cut in the Masters and he's in contention. Tiger is positioned nicely. Vijay has three doubles and he's right there while the "Big Five" are all in it.

And what is everyone writing about? Ben Crenshaw.

Gary D'Amato looks at Ben's great run, while Damon Hack writes about Chad Campbell as well as Crenshaw and his special bond with Carl Jackson.

Lawrence Donegan in The Guardian analyzes the erupting Allenby-Hensby spat, while John Huggan writes about his beloved Monty's missed cut: 

Monty did stray off the fairway once, at the new, super-charged 7th, where his tee-shot finished three feet into the rough - or "first cut" as it is pompously labelled around these parts - but still inside the tree-line. It was not a problem, though. Without much in the way of ado, Monty flicked what looked like an eight-iron up to about 10ft from the cup. It was also a shot that doubled as a clear indication of how misguided the Augusta club chairman Hootie Johnson has been in his grass-growing project.

Had the rough not been there, Monty's ball would have run down the slope into the pine needles that lie beneath the trees, leaving him a much more difficult - but still possible - second shot. Long grass does not always mean more difficult; it always means less interesting. That is not a label one could ever use for Monty, of course. He may not be quite the player he was in his pomp, but he remains a fascinating psychological study.

 Can't you just feel the love?