- The Washington Times - Monday, April 10, 2006

The 2006 Masters was the poorest exhibition of clutch putting the Rover has ever witnessed at a major. As brilliant as Phil Mickelson was in collecting his second green jacket, he received a ton of assistance from Fred Couples and Tiger Woods. Couples missed a shocking five putts inside of four feet in yesterday’s finale, and Woods completed the worst putting performance of his professional career, 3-putting five times on the day and missing a shocking nine putts inside of 12 feet during a final-round 70 in which he was almost flawless from tee to green. …

CBS never fails to disappoint with its coverage. The Rover was mystified by the network’s decision to cut away from Woods for a solid 25 minutes during yesterday’s finale. Starting with Woods’ critical 3-putt bogey at No.11, which the viewing world still hasn’t seen, the network decided not to show four consecutive shots from the World No.1, who probably pulls in a few more viewers than the oft-seen Tim Clark. Speaking of Clark, did you notice how CBS completely butchered the live version of the South African’s near hole-out from the bunker at 16?

So long until the U.S. Open, where Phil Mickelson will attempt to win his third consecutive major at Winged Foot.

Barker Davis

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