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“We’ll only know next year at this time if that’s able to outweigh some of the challenges with Easter,” Timms said.


WHAT’S IN A NAME: The name of the most famous shot in Masters history makes no sense.

Augusta National came across two newspaper clippings from 1935 when Gene Sarazen holed a 4-wood for his second shot on the par-5 15th. Both referred to the shot as a “double eagle.”

But if an eagle is two shots under par, a double eagle then would be four shots under par.

It’s known as an “albatross” everywhere but in the United States, no doubt because of Sarazen, yet Sarazen once referred to his shot as a “dodo,” and so the mystery continues.

“I didn’t know what a double eagle was until I came to the U.S.,” Geoff Ogilvy once said. “Maybe they couldn’t think of a word for something better than an eagle, so they called it double eagle. But it’s not really a double eagle, it’s an eagle-and-a-half.”

Scoring terminology went to the birds long ago.

According to the “Historical Dictionary of Golfing Terms,” the word “birdie” came from the American slang of something special. The story goes that three men were playing the par-4 second hole at The Country Club in Atlantic City, N.J., when Ab Smith’s second shot stopped inches from the hole and he called it a “bird of a shot.” That led to a shot one under par being called a birdie. That was in 1903.

Thus began the use of birds in scoring, such as an eagle, and so “albatross” makes sense.

“It’s a good bird, isn’t it?” Ogilvy said. “They fly across oceans. It’s grand, which is what describes the shot.”

Grand, indeed, considering there have been only four such scores in Masters history, the most recent Louis Oosthuizen on the par-5 second hole Sunday.


PING GOES PINK: That pink driver used by Bubba Watson is going to the market.

Two days after Watson won the Masters, Ping said it would sell 5,000 limited-edition G20 drivers with the pink shaft and head. The drivers sell for $430, and Ping said it would donate 5 percent to a fundraising campaign called, “Bubba Long in Pink. Driven by Ping.”

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