published Saturday, April 9th, 2011

5 at 10: Live from the Masters (Day 3)

Welcome gang to the first ever Saturday 5-at-10. We’re going to move really quickly (especially since we can’t post photos from the greater Augusta-area).

Here we go...

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    In this Aug. 12, 2007 file photo, Tiger Woods holds up the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 89th PGA Golf Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla. On his web site Friday night, Dec. 11, 2009, Woods announced that he is taking an indefinite break from professional golf. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

That was Tiger-ific

As wc-triple7 noted late Friday, the second round was vintage Tiger Woods.

You go 7 under on the final 11 holes at Augusta National, you get to be called anything you want.

No Eldrick Woods yesterday — it was all Tiger folks.

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    Vijay Singh of Fiji watches his chip shot to the 12th green during a practice round for the Masters golf tournament Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Our Masters leader board

Matt Kuchar — the 5-at-10’s pick — was among the double-bogey victims at the treacherous par-3 12th. Alas.

With Tiger’s charge, here’s the updated leader board of the “Mastering the masterful Masters top-5 masters challenge:”

With 5 points (5 for McIlroy; 2.5 each for Woods and Choi)

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson

Nick Bonsanto from ESPN 105.1 — Phil Mickleson, Tiger Woods, K.J. Choi, Bubba Watson

With 2.5 points (Choi or Woods)

Kburgess — Bubba Watson, KJ Choi, and Rickie Bieber (Fowler)

Bigbearzzz — Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson

Mcpell — Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Eldrick "Tiger" Woods

CelticVol — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods

WC777 — Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson (also known as Dill Pickelson)

scole023 — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson

BigHacker — Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson, Gary Woodland

SportTalk 102.3's Quake — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson,

SportTalk 102.3's Cowboy Joe (he is a cowboy after all) — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar

Pretend Al Davis ("I'm coming for you EC.") — OK, Tiger ("Duh."),

Charlie Sheen — Tiger Woods, Fred Couples

SportTalk 102.3's Dr. B (he is a doctor after all) — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, Martin Laird

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    Matt Kuchar reacts to his birdie on the second hole during the first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 7, 2011, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Rest of the field

OTWatcher — Phil Mickleson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Fred Couples, Lee Westwood.

5-at-10 — Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood

BIspy4 — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood

EC — Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson

ElJefe — Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Bo Van Pelt

TFP golf writer David Uchiyama — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson Masters storylines everywhere.

This is the 75th Masters — and it’s the 25th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus’ magical win in 1986 — and it could be shaping up to among the tournament’s most memorable.

Look at the leader board and the possibIlities; Tiger’s in the mix; so is Couples; the young guys look awesome; and there are some huge, Huge HUGE names like Mickelson, Westwood, Dustin Johnson, et al., just outside the top 10.

Question for you gang, what’s your dream scenario for Sunday?

Here’s the 5-at-10 dream scenario: On Saturday, Tiger gets even more in the mix, Phil makes a huge move, Rory stands tall, and Couples’ back holds up. Dream final two groups: Tiger-Phil followed by Rory-Couples, and buckle up.

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    Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones hits a three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during a spring training game in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

It’s one game, but...

It may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but the Braves roughing up Cliff Lee and the Phillies on Friday was huge for mentally for this relatively young Atlanta club. (And its first-year manager, which TFP ace columnist Mark Wiedmer covers HERE.)

The Braves may lose the next two — goodness forbid if anyone thinks we’re Braves homers — but standing face-to-face with the Phillies and their No. 1B ace is important.

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    Tampa Bay Rays' Manny Ramirez reacts after striking out in the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, April 5, 2011, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

This and that

— Bye Manny. Loved to watch him hit, but we’ll just put him on the pile of cheaters with the rest. Alas.

— Oso’s Bulls have clinched homecourt in the East. Huge edge there is that the Celtics and Heat will beat on each other in the Eastern Conference semis.

— Hey, welcome to the win column Red Sox. Did you see the interview with Dustin Pedroia, dude’s a first-team pick for the All-Jim Furyk team (guys who age 10-plus years when they take their hats off).

—Did you see the “progress” made in the NFL labor negotiations? The NFL owners got on a conference call with the players to discuss getting to together and discussing the issues. This has regressed to the point of being a middle school romance. All they need to do now is pass some notes “Do you wanna talk? Yes or No”

What you got? Until later today...

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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Eustice_Chase said...

Tiger showed up in Beast Mode and his shot on 18 was...straight up nasty...a slice to land it 6 ft from the flag? are you kidding me? I know I didnt pick Tiger to win it...but pencil me in for the "Welcome Back Tiger" Party...with Guest hosts Gabe Kablan and John "Ba-ba-ba-Barbarino" Travolta

I'd also like to go on record saying that I'm ready to eat my hat...seeing that Pretend Al Davis did pick Tiger...sheesh

Thanks for showing up CLiff Lee..lets just hope that you perform like that everytime you play the Braves...

did anyone see Jay-Z embrace Melo at the end of the game last night?... Im pretty sure he said something along the lines...Beyonce could have been yours if you would signed with the NEts...can't confirm not deny that rumor...

April 9, 2011 at 11:06 a.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND III, UPDATE I

Some obsrvations from walking the front side this morning:

— Ernie Els is playing with Augusta National member Jeff Knox, who is officially called a "Non-competing Marker" meaning he's out there so Ernie doesn't get lonely. He's also out there to make sure Ernie calls him Mr. Knox. Knox can flat-out play, and he's had the honor on at least half of the first six tees. If they've got a little side-game going, here's hoping Ernie brought his wallet.

— As Angel Miguel Jimenez and playing partner Bubba Watson walked down the first fairway Saturday, someone shouted "Viva Espaina," to Jimenez as a call out to his home land. The 5-at-10 thought Watson, the long-hitter from the Florida panhandle, needed some love, so we almost threw him a "Club LaVela" to honor the infamous Panama City Beach hotspot, but we did not.

— Quick starts for Martin Laird, who made birdie on No. 1, and Aaron Baddeley, who is 3 under through six holes.

EC—

Mr. Kotter needs to make sure Horshack, Freddie "Boom-Boom" Washington and Epstien get a ride to the "Welcome Back" party. They need a job. Barbarino can take care of himself — even heard he hit the lottery or something after his days at James Buchanan High School. Even moved out to Hollywood and married an actress.

— Did not see the embrace, but don't sleep on the Nets. With the big Russian's rubles, Jay-Z's panache and a new arena in Brooklyn, they will assemble a super-trio to participate in the AAU tournaments also known as the NBA's Eastern Conference.

— 5-at-10

April 9, 2011 at 12:09 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND III, UPDATE II

Near perfect day here at Augusta National. Maybe they should play some golf.

Anyhoo, be very quiet, Phil Mickelson (AKA Dill Pickelson) is 2 under after three holes and is 4 under for the tournament.

Some wind today could make some shots a little more easy (the par-5 second is downwind today) and some a little more challenging (the 240-yard par-3 4th is going to be a bear today).

Here are three guys not in the top 10 that the 5-at-10's keeping an eye on: Sergio Garcia, Dill, Matt Kuchar (c'mon, we're not giving up on him yet.)

— 5-at-10

April 9, 2011 at 1:40 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

with Uggla batting a staggering .196 you would think Freddi G would make some moves in the line-up I'm not digging Eric Karros calling a Braves game...its just bad for Dodger First baseman everywhere... I like the stat they showed at the opening of the BRaves Phillies Game...Larry Wayne is 2nd all time in franchise history in every offensive category other than homers(hes 3rd)..guess who is first...

April 9, 2011 at 1:51 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND III, UPDATE III

Tiger made bogey on No. 1 to fall to 6 under. Among the early movers: Sergio i s3 under thru six and is at 7 under for the tournament, tied with Brandt Snedeker and KJ Choi; Matt Kuchar is 3 under today and 4 under for the tourney; Bubba Watson is 4 under today and for the tournament (maybe the mental power of Club LaVela worked some magic, huh?).

Let's see how Rory handles the pressure of being the leader, shall we? He's off No. 1, and he and fellow pup Jason Day make par at the first.

EC —

Looks like it's just the two of us. How's the wife and kids? As for your trivia about Larry Wayne "Chipper" Jones (we still call him L-Dub), is he second in all the Braves offensive cateogirs behind Biff Pocaroba? Roland Office? What about Rafael Belliard? No?

Freddi G-Money may need to juggle the lineup (Nate McLouth to the No. 8 hole please, Nate McLouth to the 8 hole), but he needs to handle Uggla with care. Danny U is a traditionally slow starter, and moving him in the lineup may force him to start pressing to justify that big offseason deal. Next thing you know he's hitting .206 in the middle of June and then there's real trouble.

— 5-at-10

April 9, 2011 at 2:59 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND III, UPDATE IV

Bubba Watson has the round of the day so far with a 67, followed by Bo Van Pelt and a host of others who had 68s. Tiger went out in 37; KJ went out in 34, and at 9 under for the tournament he is tied with Jason Day, one behind Rory, who is level par thru his first nine today.

Lots of movement on Moving Day, but everyone seems to be shuffling more than settling.

— 5-at-10

April 9, 2011 at 4:49 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

In honor of The Masters, I wore my belt from The Honors on Thursday and watched “Caddyshack” this morning. By the way, gambling is illegal at Bushwood.

April 9, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Looks like Bo Van Pelt stole his lunch money back.

April 9, 2011 at 5:57 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND III, UPDATE V

Rory McIlroy has a four-shot lead heading into tomorrow's final round at the Masters. Kid looks awesome right now. Could he shoot an 80 tomorrow? Sure. But wow, he looks tough right now.

Tiger shot 74 — couldn't putt. First over par round here since 2007, which considering his swing changes and personal, shall we say "distractions" is an amazing stat.

BIpsy —

Gambling is ill-leeeegal at Bushwood and I never slice.

Bo Van Pelt is the highest ranked American right now at 8th. Yep, raise your hand if you thought BVP would be carrying The Stars 'n Stripes into Sunday at Augusta.

— 5-at-10

April 9, 2011 at 7:13 p.m.
Eustice_Chase said...

Rory is straight killing it...everything seems to be going his way and the stars are lining up for him to be the 2nd youngest Green Jacket winner ever...let's just hope ( for his sake anyways ) that he doesn't put on his Buffalo Bills of the early 90's hat on...Is Bo Van Pelt related to ESPN's Stone Cold...Scot Van Pelt? Thanks Bo Van Pelt for wearing Apollo's trunks into battle...wear them well...

April 9, 2011 at 10:20 p.m.
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