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I watch for the Masters tournament every year, just like millions of other golf fanatics.  It’s a beautiful course, which draws the most amazing players and talented athletes.  Yes, even they know they importance of social media. From the Rickie Fowlers to the Tiger fans all of them will be watching on Facebook, Instagram, and via the app…news casters repeatedly say and remind us all of the Maters’s social media platforms…the times are changing…you watch on your phone, ipad, or watch….no more tv…who watches tvs????

 

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The Roars (For Others) Told Story for Spieth

By Jim McCabeSaturday, April 07, 2018

It was a series of vintage Augusta National moments late in Saturday afternoon’s third round of the 82nd Masters Tournament, meaning Jordan Spieth didn’t have to see the leader board to know his fortunes were fading.

The roars told him.

First, as he played the par-5 No. 15, they came from back on No. 13. Then, as he studied a birdie putt at No. 17, they shook the ground from over on the 15th hole.

“We could hear them right behind us,” said Spieth, who figured the cheers were for Rory McIlroy, in the pairing right behind him, but came to realize they were for Patrick Reed’s eagles at hole Nos. 13 and 15.

“I could tell the eagle roar is different from the birdie roar, which is different from the par-save roar,” Spieth said. “The octaves … you kind of understand what the score was.”

As he spoke, almost on cue a roar erupted at the No. 18 green, and Spieth didn’t hesitate. “That’s a birdie roar for Rory right there,” and, sure enough he was right.

I could tell the eagle roar is different from the birdie roar, which is different from the par-save roar. The octaves … you kind of understand what the score was.

Jordan Spieth

So, too, did he know what all the noise for Reed and McIlroy meant for his outlook on Sunday. “I get to go out for one of my only stress-free rounds that I’ve ever really played at Augusta National,” he said.

The third round had not gone poorly for Spieth; it just failed to produce the score he knew he needed to shoot on a day when low scores were out there. Starting the third round five off the lead, Spieth felt like “I played a 4- or 5-under round, something to stay in the tournament,” only he recorded a 71.

At 5-under 211, he is tied for ninth, his worst standing through 54 holes in a brief, but remarkable Masters career. In his previous four starts at Augusta National, Spieth after three rounds had been tied for the lead once; held the outright lead twice; and been in fourth place, just two behind, a year ago.

So, cheers to Reed, the leader at 14-under, or McIlroy (11-under) or maybe Rickie Fowler (9-under) or Jon Rahm (8-under). The 24-year-old Spieth said, “I’ll enjoy the walk and try to go out and do what some of those guys did out in front today.”

Masters champion Jordan Spieth blasts from the bunker on No. 15 during the third round of the 2018 Masters.  Scott K. Brown/Augusta National

If it felt like eons ago that Spieth had shot 66 to seize the lead in Thursday’s first round, it’s because the 2015 Masters champion was bemoaning the way the next 36 holes had unfolded.

“My poor start,” he said of the double-bogey, bogey beginning to his second round. “Given where the scores went yesterday afternoon, that was huge.”

Then in the third round, Spieth was cognizant of softer conditions, thanks to outbursts of rain, but he couldn’t keep up with those ahead of him. Reed shot 67, while McIlroy, Fowler and Rahm put up blistering 65s.

Spieth shrugged. “I did a lot of things really well; there was just a lid on the hole. Might have had five lip-outs and I didn’t adjust to the speed (of the greens) dropping down.”

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Wind’s ‘Amen Corner’ Turns 60 Years Old

By Bill FieldsSunday, April 08, 2018

Herbert Warren Wind traveled south from New York to cover the Masters Tournament for four decades beginning in the middle of the 20th century. Augusta National was one of his favorite places in his favorite sport, and when he arrived in Georgia he quickly sought to find out the condition of the course as if asking about the health of a dear relative he hadn’t seen in a while.

“He thought Augusta was a marvelous place,” Ross Goodner, one of Wind’s good friends in the golf writing fraternity, once said. “He loved Augusta.”

Reporting for Sports Illustrated or The New Yorker – the bulk of his career for the latter publication, which afforded him the time and space to craft his definitive articles that became a literary roadmap through golf’s characters and courses – Wind was a man of steady habits as he chronicled the Tournament.

He wore a flat cap, shirt, tie and sportcoat – usually tweed – and carried a shooting stick because he would be out on the course for hours watching the play. He took notes in small, neat handwriting in a pocket notebook with sewn-in pages, typing up what he had seen in the evenings in his hotel. A month or so later, a meticulously crafted long essay, often including a detailed preamble of golf history relevant to the subject, would appear in the magazine.

Herbert Warren Wind.

“I couldn’t write like him. It wasn’t my nature,” said Dan Jenkins, who like Wind is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and at 88 is covering his 68th Masters this week. “But I appreciated him as a historian. He was a great history writer and certainly one of the two or three greatest golf writers. I loved reading Herb’s history. He’d always have one or two lines that were keepers, that would stay with you.”

Most of those who aren’t familiar with Wind’s extensive body of work have heard of the two words he applied to a key section of Augusta National – even if they don’t know he came up with the name.

Writing in Sports Illustrated’s April 21, 1958, edition about the Masters two weeks earlier won by Arnold Palmer where pivotal events had occurred on Nos. 12 and 13, Wind described the dedication ceremony of bridges over Rae’s Creek dedicated to Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson: “On the afternoon before the start of the recent Masters golf tournament,” Wind wrote, “a wonderfully evocative ceremony took place at the farthest reach of the Augusta National course – down in the Amen Corner where Rae’s Creek intersects the 13th fairway near the tee, then parallels the front edge of the green on the short 12th and finally swirls alongside the 11th green.”

Herbert Warren Wind first used to the now-famous name, ‘Amen Corner’, in this Sports Illustrated article in 1958.  Masters.com Infographic Staff

“Amen Corner,” which to Wind comprised the area from the second shot on the 11th through the tee shot on the 13th but in time would come to describe Nos. 11, 12 and 13 in their entirety, was from a 1930s jazz song. (In the early years of Augusta National, that trio of holes sometimes was referred to as the “the water loop.”)

“There was nothing unusual about the song,” Wind explained in a 1984 Golf Digest story, “but apparently the title was catchy enough to stick in my mind. The more I thought about it, the more suitable I thought the Amen Corner was for that bend of the course where the decisive action had taken place …”

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