Leave it to Bubba Watson to provide some much-needed comic relief in light of Sergio Garcia’s record 13 score on the par-5 15th hole, where he dunked five balls in the water.
While some of us mused that Garcia might have come close to running out of balls, Watson was asked how many golf balls he normally keeps in his bag in case of the kind of disaster Garcia encountered Thursday.
“I bring a ton,” said Watson, the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play champion. “I think I had 13 today.”
Garcia came close to needing that many before settling for his octobogey — or was that the name of a James Bond movie? — but he did have one good line. “It’s the first time in my career where I made a 13 without missing a shot,” said Garcia, who incidentally one-putted the hole after eventually sticking it on the green.
No means no: Saw an interesting sign on Berckmans Drive on my way to Washington Road and our media lot entrance.
It read: No Parking/Standing
Really? No standing? Keep it moving, fans.
Celebrity in the house: Although I was on the course and missed him, I’m told that Alice Cooper made a stop in the press building.
Royal family: Ran into Garcia’s wife, Angela, and his in-laws, Marty and Pam Akins, as they followed the defending Masters champion. I kidded Angela, who gave birth to a daughter, Azalea, less than a month ago, because she appeared to already have lost all her baby weight.
“I haven’t been able to work out yet,” she said.
No fan of rowdy fans: Ian Woosnam, a former Masters champion who played in a threesome including Longhorn Jhonattan Vegas, made it clear he doesn’t care for this era’s loudmouth fan.
“I hate it,” said the 60-year-old Welshman, who won here in 1991. “I really do. I think golf’s about enjoying the good shots and being polite and saying the correct thing. This ‘Get in the hole!’ and whatever, I hate it. It seems to be really all the time now, doesn’t it? I hope they get thrown out.”
Loving it: Former Longhorn Dylan Frittelli was pumped to hit a hole-in-one on the 8th hole during the Par-3 Tournament, but he was just as jacked up about playing that course with fellow Texas ex Ben Crenshaw and being in the middle of the Masters for the first time.
“The atmosphere is crazy,” said Frittelli, a native of Johannesburg, South Africa. “I’ve never seen anything like this. It doesn’t even compare to rugby games or cricket matches or even — I mean, Texas football games are big, but it’s different. It’s more intimate here, it’s more … it’s nice. It’s pretty cool to be a part of.”
Few players have played as many holes as Frittelli in getting ready for the Masters. He played 18 holes both Sunday and Monday, nine holes on Tuesday and another nine Wednesday morning.