I'm not going to lie, I was very proud to see fellow Texan Chad Campbell come out with such an aggressive start in The Masters yesterday, much as I am admittedly a Tiger Woods fan.
Speaking of Tiger, did you see that shot he made out of the woods on number 11?
What is it with Tiger and magical shots out of the trees on 11 at August? Last year, he snapped a four iron making a shot there, and this time around, he put backspin on the ball coming out of the pine needles landing the ball just on on the green a few yards short of the pin.
For my money, it's still anybody's Masters, although Campbell is already tearing it up again at Augusta this morning (he's minus 9 after four holes). Yesterday it was all soft greens, easy (relatively) pin placements, and no wind.
Today's a whole 'nother story.
It was noteworthy to me that the former 50 year-old plus Masters champions -- Larry Mize, Greg Norman, Bernhard Langer -- are outscoring the flatbelly teenagers. Since I'm closer to 50 than I am the flatbellies, I have to give some shout outs to Mize and company.
My full take on the second round: I hope the players enjoyed those simpleton pin placements yesterday.
To have that many players come in under par on the first round surely had the Augusta course superintendent grinning as he and his team started scheming on the placements today.
Also, the greens are expected to firm up as the days wear on (unless Augusta gets some rain today, as had been suggested), making it more difficult to nail the increasingly tough pins. I fully expect a lot more pars and bogeys and a lot less birdies and eagles.
Tiger will have to come roaring back today to make up lost ground (Much has been made of his coming back from first rounds of 70, but never has he had to do so with so many ahead of him).
He needs to start dropping a lot more of those putts he wasn't nailing yesterday, or put himself in better approach positions (although I'd take 30 putts in a round any day of the week!)
I would also be keeping an eye (beyond Campbell) on Hunter Mahan, Shingo Katayama, Jim Furyk, as well as some of those minus fours (Angel Cabrera, Mike Weir), and minus threes (Stewart Cink, Padraig Harrington), and even a few in the long tail.
In other words, it's only the second day at The Masters and it is wide open.