Friday, April 9, 2010

The Masters - Augusta National

Augusta National teaches the word “humbling” to Sandy Lyle.

By Shane Bacon

After Thursday's first round, a few of the older guys were enjoying some red scores. You heard all about Tom Watson and Fred Couples, but did you know that 52-year-old Sandy Lyle was in contention as well, posting a 3-under 69?
That will be the last time you hear the words "Sandy Lyle" and "contention" at the Masters in 2010. Lyle spent most of his day chasing another record -- most contrasting rounds in Masters history.
Lyle's second round 86 didn't quite make it to the land of Mike Donald, who opened the 1990 Masters with an absolutely refulgent 8-under 64, only to follow that up with a 12-over 84 in the second round. Lucky for Mike, he made the cut, finishing with rounds of 77-76.

The 1988 Masters champion started his Friday double bogey - bogey - double bogey - bogey - double bogey, and didn't look back. After making the turn at 10-over 46, Lyle found himself on the par-3 12th, always a tough hole even when you're playing well. Lyle wasn't, and it took him six shots to get out of there. The only saving grace to his round was a birdie on the par-5 15th, pretty impressive considering the guy has thrown himself out of the weekend with his early play.

Lyle finished his round with a bogey on the 18th, proving once again that golf is in fact a four-letter word.

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