Augusta heating up…

April 10, 2009 | Rick Moore

Greetings from my couch while I multitask watching the Masters, writing this blog and watching my 19-month old daughter. (I’m hoping early exposure to golf telecasts will cause her to fall in love with golf…perhaps wishful thinking.) A bunch of surprises so far at the Masters – Phil Mickelson is right on the number to make the cut. He has really been off.

Chad Campbell and 48 year old Kenny Perry share the lead at -9. Both of those guys can really strike the ball and like to shape a draw, the preferred ballflight of Masters champions. Tiger is -2, after giving away three shots in the last three holes on Thursday. As of 4:52, there are nine players ahead of Woods. Can he make that leap over the weekend?

Anthony Kim set a Masters record with 11 birdies today and finished at -4. Former British Open champ Todd Hamilton is tied for second at -6 with former U.S. Open champ Angel Cabrera. Tim Clark, who I think has a really good chance, is  at -5 along with the ultimate grinder, Jim Furyk.

Greg Norman just double bogeyed to fall to+1, right on the cut number. It would be great to see the Shark still in the hunt over the weekend.

The wind has definitely played havoc today, but expected storms tonight should keep the greens soft, which will enable more birdies and the ability to make a big move.  So don’t count Tiger out yet!!