Followed Rory McIlroy's group for the first seven holes, and he is crushing his driver, long and straight. hE's out-driving Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed. He pulled his approach to No. 2 into the bunker, but if his driver allows him to attack Par 5s this week, he will be dangerous.
Jason Niebrugge, the Wiscnosin 20-year-old I profiled the other day, is 9-over. Augusta National can do that to a kid.
The leader at the moment is Miguel Angel Jiminez, ``The Mechanic,'' whose wild, weird stretching routine is difficult to watch, unless you like that sort of thing.
There always seems to be a veteran at or near the top of the leaderboard early on Thursday. I think the course is too long for Jiminez to last, but he's a great character to watch.
I'll be on 1500ESPN at 12:15 or so to talk the Masters and everything else with Mackey & Judd.
One of the reasons I like covering the Lynx is that the basketball is so often fundamentally sound and beautiful to watch, in terms of ball movement and unselfishness. Didn't see much of that Sunday night in the season opener.