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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 April 2006, 18:00 GMT 19:00 UK
Augusta Diary
Iain Carter
By Iain Carter
BBC Five Live golf correspondent

With play due to start at 1040 local time, compared with the 0800 of the first two days, we were able to enjoy a bit of a lie-in and a morning jog before getting to the course.

But the forecast has been bad all week for Saturday and the rain arrived as Jim Furyk made his way down the first. It makes you wonder why they didn't have an earlier start because it's hard to see us getting through without a delay.

Augusta National
The signs are not encouraging at Augusta on Saturday
The answer clearly lies with television scheduling because if they did get through with no interruption there would be nothing to show at peak time.

Rain isn't a good omen for the Europeans. The last time we had a totally dry Masters was 1999 which was when the continent last enjoyed success with Jose Maria Olazabal's second victory.


We've had our regular predict the leader at the end of the round competition among the Five Live team.

Alistair Bruce-Ball says it will be Ernie Els at five under, John Murray says Vijay Singh at five under, producer Graham predicts Chad Campbell at seven and I've gone for Mickelson at six under.

All of which is very good news for Darren Clarke and David Howell!


Andrew Cotter, once of the radio parish and now with BBC Television, is very taken with the three tiny kittens that live under a platform used for players to be interviewed.

Andrew's rather catty observation is that he often gets more sense out of his new feline friends than he does from some of the players he interviews.


It was sad to see David Duval's demise. This was his last Masters courtesy of the exemption he earned by winning the 2001 Open.

David Duval
Duval carded a 10 at the 2nd but then came home in 32
Now ranked 436, the former world number one was never going to make the cut after taking 10 at the 2nd hole of the second round.

Nevertheless, he fired the lowest inward half on Friday, a four-under 32, so a spark remains. Let's hope it ignites again soon.


Our expert summariser Jay Townsend has other uses. He successfully removed a cork from the bottom of an empty wine bottle using just a cloth napkin.

But he lost his bottle when it came to taking part in a team game of "Jeopardy" (American questions) leaving it to the rest of us.

"I'm not any good with that, I choose my battles," was his lame reasoning.


There will be several golfers hoping for another Mickelson Green Jacket come Sunday night.

If they've bought an X460 Callaway driver and, under promotional terms, nominated him as the winner they will get their money back if he wins.

Just a thought, shouldn't they be entitled to two clubs now that Mickelson is using two drivers? One set up to draw the ball the other to play a fade.


Here's an update on the old timers at Augusta.

Augusta native Vaughn Taylor
Taylor was pretty in fuchsia at Augusta on Friday
Charles Coody, the 68-year-old 1971 champion, has played his last Masters. A 74 was a fantastic finishing round after his opening 89.

Gary Player, now 70 and playing his 49th Masters, contacted the Augusta Chronicle to ask them to convey his thanks for the warm reception he'd received from fans.

And how refreshing that Augusta resident Vaughn Taylor turned his back on the usual pro golfer attire covered in sponsor's logos. Instead he went for a plain Masters shirt bought from the pro's shop.

Shame he missed the cut by one.




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