Masters Monday This And That

It's Monday of the Masters and there isn't much you need to know: the course is firm, the fairways lush, the practice round patrons were having a blast and the forecast for Thursday and Friday a bit dicey.

Flora and fauna wise, there is more color than last year but it's also not a full-azalea bloom year. CBS is already piping in the bird sounds. ;)

Consumerwise, some new hats in the merchandise tent stood out for their retro flavor, (think Trevino or Amana). If there was any doubt about the state of our economy, they are not evident in the merchandise tent here.

The 14-year-old amateur Tianlang Guan played nine holes with Ben Crenshaw, showed off his impressive English skills in a packed press room gathering after, then went back out to play with Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson. (Bill Fields' take on Guan at

A few photos from Monday before my Canon S100 decided to call it a career.