REARDON: Masters Notebook
AUGUSTA, Ga. (KMOX) — When it comes to majors Phil Mickelson is a club manufacturer’s dream The three time Masters champion won at Augusta with two drivers in the bag; played poorly at the US Open at Torrey Pines with no drivers in the bag. This week at the Masters Mickelson has a new toy some are calling the “Franken-club.”
The club with a driver loft (8.5 degree) but three wood size head is his driver of the week. Talking with Roger Cleveland now with Callaway he said Mickelson in a practice round hit the new driver and wedge into the 505 yard par 4 eleventh.
Waiter. Menu please?
After much speculation there was very little drama in Bubba Watson’s menu for his Champion’s Dinner – fried chicken, mashed potatoes, beans and mac & cheese. But if the rumor is true that he also stipulated no alcohol, it would be the most unpopular cuisine since Scotland’s Sandy Lyle offered up haggis.
At least for one day 14 year old Tianlang Guan had more answers than questions for his opening round at the Masters. The youngster from China hit 9-14 fairways (the same as Tiger Woods); missed ten greens 8-18 and finished one over with a birdie at the eighteenth. He averaged 275.5 yards of the tee and needed only 25 putts in the round.
Among the 33 players who posted scores under par in round one there were seven former champions. The best of the group was the oldest in the group, 1992 Masters Champion Fred Couples. He had two bogey and six birdies for a four under 68 leaving him two off the first round lead.
Dan Reardon is Golf Editor at KMOX. His reports can be heard throughout the week on America’s Sports Voice.