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Last Updated: Friday, 7 April 2006, 23:04 GMT 00:04 UK
Augusta Diary
Iain Carter
By Iain Carter
BBC Five Live golf correspondent

They've just started the second round. For the first time this week the sun isn't shining but it is calm and the early starters want to make the most of the conditions.

This is the calm before the storm in every respect. We sit at the back of the media centre, a nine-row auditorium that looks down on a stage housing a vast scoreboard.

Chad Campbell
None of the Five Live pundits tipped Campbell to be the half-way leader
For the newspaper journalists this is an uncomfortable time.

They have deadlines to meet for their first editions and with the five-hour time difference it looks like no player of any interest will have finished their second round in time for their reports.

They're trying to come up with a line worth writing and I can see many a furrowed brow - which is quite entertaining.

After our first-round predict-the-score competition, the Five Live team decided last night to go with a pick-the-halfway leader contest.

I've gone for Goosen, John Murray says Singh, Alistair Bruce Ball has gone for Mickelson and producer Graham McMillan has also plumped for Singh. No one's got Chad Campbell.


If you think we over-hype the Masters it's worth taking note of Vaughn Taylor, the first Augusta resident to play the tournament in 50 years.

The 30-year-old reckons Thursday was the first time he'd ever felt nervous on the driving range.

Meanwhile, the Professional Caddies Association have released a song called "Five Feet Away".

It was originally written and produced for Tom Watson's long-time bagman Bruce Edwards and it was played at his funeral two years ago.

Michael Bolton has recorded the song, though I would have thought the caddies would have been better with the lines.


All is not well among the Aussies on tour. There's a running feud between Mark Hensby and compatriot Robert Allenby.

It stems from Hensby's outspoken criticism of Greg Norman and the former world number one's contribution to Australian golf.

Allenby delivered a rather colourful description of how he feels about his countryman to the assembled media and added: "you can do what you like with it."

Bet that one makes some of the British newspaper early editions.


There was drama at the end of our 13-hour day at the course.

We missed the turning for the pizza shop (oh the glamour!) and needed to execute a tricky manoeuvre that involved travelling on the wrong side of the busy seven-lane Washington Road.

It was always going to be fine, but producer Graham was uncharacteristically quiet for the next couple of hours. Alistair Bruce Ball has just left to go to report from one of our far flung commentary positions on the course.

John Murray has just said: "If Ali's batteries are flat it'll be a blow because the spares are in my bag."

It's great to be working with professionals.


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