Today’s Touch: Masters Recap (Day 1)

Day One of the 2013 Masters is in the books. Heavy rain is supposed to blow through Augusta tonight, however, they’re saying it shouldn’t effect play tomorrow.

A worldwide contingent of golfers blew through Augusta National today, though, and there were no shortage of story lines.

Some highlights:

Legends: What a wonderful start to the tournament. I had the opportunity to see some of the coverage of the Par-3 tournament online on Wednesday, and it was almost surreal to see Jack, Arnold, and Gary Player traverse the “little course” together. Who knows if that will ever happen again? Wonderful. Every Thursday would be better with a ceremonial tee shot. Nice shot, Arnie.

The Kid: 14-year-old Tialang Guan truly shocked the golf world putting up a 1-over 73, and being in a tie for 46th place after one round. Many did not believe he would break 80 – he barely hits the ball over 260 yards off the tee – including his soon-to-be coach, Sean Foley. A valiant effort. No one thought he could perform in this way, except for him. And perhaps, his mother.

Weirsy: You have got to love the toughness of Mike Weir really being in the spotlight today. The debut of the documentary about his victory the night before on TSN touched on that toughness, and few thought that he would be able to get around Augusta’s layout today not having played a full round of golf in weeks because of an injury. He did though, and with a birdie on No.18, finished at even par. Another round like that tomorrow, and he’ll make just his third cut of the year.

Colours: His lime green ensemble aside, Rickie Fowler’s scorecard on Thursday was nearly as colourful as his wardrobe. He started the day with a double bogey on No.1 (and added another double on No.10 for good measure) but also made six birdies and an eagle(!) for a 4-under total. Shows some mental fortitude to bounce back after being two-over after one hole. Also, some of the TaylorMade staffers decided to go with the team “uniform” fashion idea again on Thursday and for Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson is certainly worked. The guys wore matching shirts (again with the lime green) and had nearly identical scores – DJ at -5 and Sergio in a share of the lead at -6. Perhaps they should start dressing the same more often.

Freddie: You’ve got to think that the guy will slow down at some point, but alas, every April he shows up with just as much swag as the year before and just as much game as his fellow, younger competitors. No matter who shoots a 4-under 68 on Day 1 of The Masters, people will be talking about it.  But the 53-year-old Couples (who has three straight top-20 finishes at Augusta) just makes it seem cooler.

Early returns for the stories of Day 2: Guan nearly makes the cut, we’ll see one W/D, an Englishman will hold the lead into the weekend, Tiger prowls, Old is young again.

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