- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 13, 2008

One of the Rover’s favorite Masters traditions is watching the spectators negotiate the closely shaved slopes at Augusta National after a rain storm. While nobody would revel in the slip-and-slide travails of the elderly, there’s little in life more entertaining than watching a thirtysomething babe decked out in outrageously impractical white linen take a yard sale spill in front of a throng that leaves her designer duds in a mud-spattered shambles.

Does anybody else get the feeling Masters Vice Chairman Joe Ford is on loan from Madame Tussaud’s?

The TV schedule for the U.S. Open has been released, confirming the USGA has caved to the lords of the small screen. Saturday night’s third round at Torrey Pines is scheduled for prime-time viewing on the East Coast, meaning play won’t be scheduled to end until 3 a.m. in the UK. Another U.S. Open first involves San Diego’s ban on smoking, a local ordinance sure to thrill defending champion Angel Cabrera.

— Barker Davis

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