- The Washington Times - Friday, April 7, 2006

Though the scoring stats suggest yesterday’s play was just as exciting as any other Masters opener, the Rover can’t remember such a quiet day at Augusta National. There was only one legitimate roar (when Tiger holed out for eagle on No.14) during the nine hours of play. And the players noticed the subdued nature of the action, as well.

“There was one hole when [playing partner] Mike Weir was teeing off, you could hear the birds singing away like there’s nobody on the course,” Retief Goosen said. “Yeah, it was definitely a lot quieter out there than you normally hear at Augusta.”

U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman carded an opening 76 yesterday, but the Rover thinks he deserves a mulligan after some Augusta yokel put a bullet through the backseat door of his courtesy car on Tuesday night. Talk about dropping a little perspective on the phrase “most important shot of your life.”

Barker Davis

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