Apr 8

They Want It!

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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Ten players are within two shots of the lead, and thirty-one players are under par entering round two of the Masters. The weeks and days leading up to this 2010 Masters have been filled with anticipation unlike any before as one of the greatest of all-time would be making a return to the game. But after the opening round of play, there are many other storylines that top the Tiger Woods saga. 1992 champion Fred Couples is atop the leaderboard at six under par. Right behind him are five more players, including some of golf's biggest names in Tom Watson (1977 champ) and Phil Mickelson (2004 and 2006 champ). This has the feel of a classic in the making...

The galleries at the Masters have always liked Couples, and this week it looks like they will have a lot to cheer about. Freddy seems to be relaxed (as is his trademark) and playing very well. I would be surprised if he didn't make a run at this to the end. I really like his shoes. They look like a mix of golf shoes/tennis shoes/loafers all in one. They fit his style and his personality.

Tom Watson is making noise again, as well. The 60-year old - who nearly turned in one of the greatest wins of all-time last year - shot a 67 to enter round two one shot back. Who in the world could have predicted that Watson would have such a surge late in his playing career. It is great how in golf the older players can compete with the younger ones. If Watson can keep his emotion in check, he could make another serious run in a major.

Also at five under are KJ Choi, Lee Westwood and Mickelson. Choi and Westwood are searching for their first Masters titles.

But the fun does not stop at five under. At four under, five more well known players are lurking. Nick Watney, Tiger Woods, Ian Poulter, Ricky Barnes and Anthony Kim all want the Green Jacket. Another six players check in at three under.

All said, there are ten players within two shots of the lead, and 31 players under par. Yes, they want it badly this year!

But it wasn't good for everyone today. Notables who had bad days were Jim Furyk who shot 80 and Lucas Glover who shot 76 - the same score posted by Vijay Singh and Stewart Cink.  Ian Woosnam was at 81 and Michael Campbell was dead last with an 83.

Tiger said in his presser the other day that he would be less animated on the course - both for good shots and bad. Not sure what that has to do with him sleeping with a bunch of women, but that's what he said. Anyway, on Thursday I was first impressed when he missed a short putt on twelve but didn't make much of a reaction. But later on fourteen, he hit one into a tree and pulled the old drop the club, spin, curse something under his breath real loud move. Seemed like just as he was before this big incident off of the golf course.

I am not surprised in the least that Tiger turned in such a nice round today. His shot on nine was one of the best shots I have ever seen, putting a killer hook on it and having it roll up to about ten feet from the pin. He also made some nice putts. Look, if you are Tiger Woods, you don't forget how to play golf in a few months. He is just fine.

Of note to our Clemson readers, amateur Ben Martin of CU and Greenwood, SC shot a 75. He looks to make the cut, but it will be tough with so many players at the top of the leaderboard with low scores.

This tournament is setting up to be as good as hoped for. The weather conditions for Friday are pretty good as this front has moved on through. I cannot wait to get into the action to come...

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