The Monday Scamble presents for the first time, our annual Masters 50, featuring the top 50 coolest/craziest/confusing things about the 2009 Masters (or just Augusta National in general):
- Phil Mickelson shooting a front-nine 30, then shooting himself in the foot with a pulled 9-iron punch shot into Rae’s Creek.
- Litter doesn’t happen here. A woman walking near the first hole Saturday accidentally dropped a green M&M. Seconds later, she turned around, walked back to pick up the piece of candy and dropped it into a trash bag.
- Spending Easter Sunday at Augusta National, a doubly-religious experience.
- The “Jim Furyk” (http://www.golfweek.com/story/masters-food-2009): Buying pimento cheese ($1.50) and chicken breast ($2.50) sandwiches and putting them together.
- Greg Norman back at the Masters. The Shark said he played better than he did last summer at Royal Birkdale, but still missed the cut after a rough back nine on Friday.
- You can’t get lunch down the street at McDonald’s for the price you can at an Augusta National concessions stand.
- Stewart Cink’s post-cut Twitter update: “Headed back to Atlanta after unsuccessful Masters. Started back nine with In-N-Out Burger: Double Double.”
- Pace of play at Augusta National nearly reaching 5 1/2 hours. Said D.J. Trahan: “I’m a firm believer something needs to be done and I’m not afraid to say it, the punishment needs to be more severe.”
- Azaleas. Did you know they are technically classified as rhododendrons?
- For all patrons, free parking is available.
- No running allowed at Augusta National (for example, we have proof a security official will pop up out of nowhere to stop you from hurrying to the media center in hopes of not missing an interview.)
- No cell phones. (Breaking both your legs might feel better than breaking this rule.)
- For those outside the gates, the Masters iPhone application. Almost as cool as the Masters microchip that gets inserted into your brain which will make its debut at the 2057 contest.
- The Masters’ new Twitter account, specifically this post: “A collective cheer happens at concessions across the grounds: Beer is now available for purchase.”
- And this one: “Game of the moment: How many cups of beer can you carry? Beer sales get shut off at 4 p.m.”
- The Masters’ new Facebook page, specifically this comment left by one user:
Dear Mr. Payne:
Please invite me to play next year. I am prettier than Chad, my swing is uglier than Furyk’s, I’m shorter than Player, my game is more thrilling than Phil’s, I’m more fun than Rocco, and I can wear ugly clothes.
I have an official handicap if that helps.
Thanks so much,
- Outside Founder’s Circle this year, patrons could pose for pictures that were later available for download to their computers.
- A Julius “Dr. J” Erving sighting, because we always love slam dunks, especially on the golf course.
- Phil Mickelson’s crazy-long fade off the tee on the 13th hole Friday, setting up a 9-iron second shot to a couple feet for eagle.
- Danny Lee’s six-putt on the 10th hole Friday. He made 9, the highest score there in Masters history.
- The patrons that leave holding stacks upward of 50 plastic cups.
- The man seen behind the 18th tee Wednesday with a tear running down his face.
- Todd Hamilton’s par on No. 12 Sunday. He hit his third shot from the drop zone, landed the ball above the hole, and spun it back 20 feet into the hole.
- The SubAir Systems (vacuums to keep the ground dry) beneath the ground, certainly put into good use Friday night when Augusta National was pounded by rain and hail.
- The coach bus parked down the street from Augusta National and the man inside selling his merchandise: John Daly.
- The lump crabcake sandwich and seafood chowder (with corn muffin) served in the clubhouse.
- A Condoleeza Rice sighting.
- The Tiger-Phil Sunday pairing, and how the majority of golf media had them counted out Saturday night.
- The symbolism in Tiger and Phil’s wicked pull-hooks off the first tee Sunday.
- The shock of neither pulling it out.
- Andres Romero’s hole-out eagle on the par-4 third Thursday, only the ninth on that hole in Masters history.
- Drew Kittleson’s 6-iron from 190 yards for a one-bounce eagle on the par-4 11th Friday, only the sixth ever on that hole. (Another 6-iron sets up his second eagle on 15: “So maybe I should have hit more of those.”)
- Thursday’s record number of red numbers (38).
- Sunday’s pin placements, including the new one at 17, eight paces from the left edge.
- The death of the Paddy Slam, represented best by Padraig Harrington’s drive on No. 9 Sunday getting stuck in a tree.
- Dustin Johnson’s back-to-back eagles, only the second time it’s happened at a Masters, on Nos. 13 and 14 Sunday.
- Anthony Kim’s 11 birdies Friday, during the toughest conditions of the week. Furyk: “Yesterday, I’m still a little stumped by 11 birdies on that golf course.”
- The $2 beers.
- The Jack Nicklaus-Arnold Palmer-Gary Player grouping in the Par-3 Contest.
- The possibility of a Palmer-Nicklaus-Player ceremonial tee shot next year: “That’s up to the chairman,” said Palmer.
- Norman’s hole-in-one and subsequent congratulatory kiss from wife Chris Evert during the Par-3 Contest.
- Gary Player’s walk-off par – his first tee shot went in the water, next one in the hole – in the Par-3 Contest.
- That the roars are back, and we don’t have to try to find them for another entire year.
- That cameras are allowed during the practice rounds.
- The hole-in-one Vijay Singh made during his Wednesday practice round, skipping the ball over the water at the par-3 16th and eventually into the hole.
- Arnold Palmer’s ceremonial tee shot early Thursday morning, piped down the middle of the first fairway.
- Fuzzy Zoeller’s last walk down 18.
- Player’s last walk down 18.
- Amen Corner.
- Next year.
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Real caption: Michelle Wie gets a ruling at No. 15 after her tee shot landed near a tree during the first round of the Kraft (Photo by Tracy Wilcox/Golfweek)
Our caption: After hitting a wayward drive on No. 15, Michelle Wie punched a tree, then turned her back on an angry mob from Greenpeace.
“Okay everyone, time for the Chicken Dance!”
– Mark M.
“Plan B kicked in once it was realized that Tiger forgot to bring the horseshoes for this year’s competition.”
– Dennis M.
“Michelle Wie hoping to not accidently drop closer to the hole so that she doesn’t end up getting DQ’d by a fan calling in again.”
– Paul D.