published Sunday, April 10th, 2011

5 at 10: Live from the Masters (Day 4)

Been a great three days of Masters golf so far. Weather has been perfect. Now comes the overwhelming pressure of finishing the drill.

Here we go.

Can anyone catch Rory?

The only way Rory McIlroy does not wear a green jacket out of the interview room tonight is if he stumbles.

It doesn’t have to be a meltdown, either. Just some stumbles, something around par will open the door for the guys in the rearview.

Yes, McIlroy’s four-shot cushion is nice, but there are a lot of folks with in six or seven of the lead. If McIlroy shoots an even-par 72, someone will catch him.

If he shoots a 68, good night and well done.

Can anyone catch Mrs. 5-at-10?

Inspired pick of McIlroy, the Masters front-runner, by our better half.

But, like McIlroy’s, her lead is not lead-pipe locked. If Tiger makes a late push to score some points there could be any number of folks in the mix — including pretend Al Davis and ElJefe, each of whom picked flippin’ Bo Van Pelt.

Here are the standings:

With 5 points (5 for McIlroy — and all five making the cut)

Mrs. 5-at-10 — Matt Kuchar, Lee Westwood, Bubba Watson, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson

With 2.5 points (K.J. Choi — outstanding pick, you two)

Kburgess — Bubba Watson, Aaron Baddeley, KJ Choi, and Rickie Bieber (Fowler)

Nick Bonsanto from ESPN 105.1 — Phil Mickleson, Tiger Woods, KJ Choi, Bubba Watson

The rest of the field

Bigbearzzz — Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson

Mcpell — Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Matt Kuchar, Eldrick "Tiger" Woods

OTWatcher — Phil Mickleson, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Fred Couples, Lee Westwood.

BIspy4 — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood

CelticVol — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Justin Rose, Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods

EC — Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson

WC777 — Tiger Woods, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson (also known as Dill Pickelson)

ElJefe — Bubba Watson, Fred Couples, Phil Mickelson, Bo Van Pelt

scole023 — Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson

BigHacker — Tiger Woods, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson,

5-at-10 — Matt Kuchar, Nick Watney, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood

SportTalk 102.3's Quake — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Matt Kuchar, Dustin Johnson,

SportTalk 102.3's Cowboy Joe (he is a cowboy after all) — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Justin Rose, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar

SportTalk 102.3's Dr. B (he is a doctor after all) — Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, Paul Casey, Dustin Johnson, Martin Laird

TFP golf writer David Uchiyama — Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Lee Westwood, Dustin Johnson,

Pretend Al Davis ("I'm coming for you EC.") — Ditka (What do you mean he's not in it? He's Ditka for the Love of Gene Sarazen's Sand Iron.) OK, Tiger ("Duh."), Charley Hoffman ("If there was ever a golfer that looked like a "Raider Golfer," it's this guy."), Bo Van Pelt ("Giants used to have a stud linebacker named Brad Van Pelt, maybe they're related."),

Charlie Sheen — Tiger Woods, Ryan Moore (winning), Fred Couples

We’ve had a Mock Draft sighting

The 5-at-10 loves the draft. You know this.

Well, NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has posted a three-round mock draft on ESPN.

His top pick: Cameron Jerrel Newton. Yep, Kiper has the Carolina Panthers pushing their chips in with the controversial former Auburn quarterback who did an ESPN segment last week with some sweet, Sweet, SWEET cufflinks.

Not to be outdone, Todd McShay (who is good but he’s not Mel; does that make McShay’s kind of a Kiper-lite or Mel Kiper Jr. Jr.?) has Newton going No. 1.

As for the mocks, each draft guru has the Titans getting former Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley. Kiper projected the Falcons getting Adrian Clayborn, the former Iowa pass-rusher.

NBA showdowns — once more with feeling

The Heat and the Celtics play today in a game that will go a long way to deciding the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Winners today will have a big edge to the second seed; losers today may cry (if it’s Miami).

As for the West, other than the Spurs at the top, it’s a big jigsaw puzzle. Hey, the 5-at-10’s 3-year-old loves jigsaw puzzles. Wow, that got out of hand in a hurry? You and Tommy Lasorda? I hate Tommy Lasorda. Pretty bird, pretty bird.

Let’s get it on. VAN GUNDY.

NASCAR winless streak snapped

No, it was not Dale Earnhardt Jr. using a super-charged GPS to find his way to Victory Lane. That would be a miracle, not a minor note.

No, Matt Kenseth snapped a string of 76 races without a win by claiming the checkers at Texas on Saturday.

Kenseth moved to the front for good after Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch ran into fuel troubles with less than 15 laps to go. So it goes.

To be fair, Little E did notch another top 10, finishing ninth Saturday. At this pace Dale Jr. will get into the Chase without a win. Something that would have made his daddy so mad he’d spit nails.

So it goes.

about Jay Greeson...

Jay was named the Sports Editor of the Times Free Press in 2003 and started with the newspaper in May 2002 as the Deputy Sports Editor. He was born and raised in Smyrna, Ga., and graduated from Auburn University before starting his newspaper career in 1997 with the Newnan (Ga.) Times Herald. Stops in Clayton and Henry counties in Georgia and two years as the Sports Editor of the Marietta (Ga.) Daily Journal preceded Jay’s ...

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Eustice_Chase said...

Please give mrs.5@10 a Kobe Bryant style running chest bump and Jack black knuckle lock platform to rock on as for pretend al Davis I bow at your greatness . Bo Van Pelt for petes sake!

April 10, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE I

Gang, been walking the course. None of the early starters have made much of a move. A few birdies here, more than a few bogeys there. Anyhoo, where were we.

In other news, the Masters has a lottery and pulls the name of about 12 of the hundreds of reporters/photographers working the event and those 12 or so get to play the course tomorrow morning.

The 5-at-10 tees off at 11:20 a.m.

April 10, 2011 at 1:29 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE II

Tiger Woods made birdie on the par-5 second (Yes, he actually made a putt) and he's within 3 feet for birdie at No. 3. Mickelson is +1 thru 5 (three pars, a birdie and a double).

We're abolut 30 minutes away from the leaders teeing off. We're going to head out to the course.

5-at-10

April 10, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE III

If Rory McIlroy got to pick the kind of start he wanted, this would surely not be it. Bogey on No. 1 with a wedge approach; in the front bunker on No. 2 needing to get up and down to avoid a bogey-bogey start. So it goes.

Plus, Tiger has made three birdies in the first six holes (he also has a bogey, so he's 2 under thru 6 and 7 under for the tournament.

Buckle up gang.

April 10, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.
kburgess1013 said...

Great pick for Mrs. Five at Ten! I'm just glad that KJ Choi has done well so that I can rub it in Dub C Triple 7s' stepbrother's face that he is in fact a note worthy golfer and was not a bad pick. That to me is a better prize than any Masters Cap. I'm also happy to see how excited Dub C Triple 7s is over Tiger's performance today. All in all it has been a great weekend.

April 10, 2011 at 3:44 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE IV

McIlroy makes birdie on No. 7 to reclaim the lead at 11 under — one clear of Tiger and Charl Schwartzel (Hans Gruber's co-hort in the raid at Nakitomi Plaza).

We are in for a shootout that could be of epic proportions.

And did we mention that the 5-at-10 is playing the Masters course tomorrow morning, tee time at 11:20.

EC & Kburg — Mrs. 5-at-10's pick was awesome; but there is still some work to be done. There are a lot of Tiger picks, and there's been a Luke Donald and a Bo Van Pelt sighting on the leader board. Holy Masters velvet sweatsuits, Pretend Al Davis may have a shot at this thing.

— 5-at-10

April 10, 2011 at 4:13 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE V

Sweet Masters Meltdowns, the wheels have officially fallen off of the S.S. McIlroy. He's banging it all around the par 4 10th — even playing his second from between two cabins. Yes, cabins. It's a muddled leaderboard that's going to change soon.

Adam Scott has made a move. Tiger's at the par-5 15th, and he's running out of time.

The lead started at 12 under today, and the winner could be right around that number.

Crazy stuff.

April 10, 2011 at 5:04 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

I go to get something to eat and McIlroy implodes. What happened?

April 10, 2011 at 5:30 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

This is the same kid who shot 62 — 62! — at Quail Hollow last year to win the Wachovia, one of the toughest courses and deepest fields on the tour. And this is Chernobyl like meltdown. Who woke up Geoff Ogilvy? And what of the scene in Butler Cabin if Leftout has to put the green jacket on the guy he choked the Open away to?

April 10, 2011 at 5:34 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Rory McIlroy, meet Roy McAvoy. Oh, wait. You’re the same guy! Um, 5 at 10, you, uh, need, um, someone to loop for you tomorrow? Gunga galunga.

April 10, 2011 at 5:44 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE VI

Is this Norman levels? Worse? Rory has imploded to the point that he may have a tough time finishing in the top 16 and earn the automatic invite back. If I could pick a caddie, you'd be on the short list BIspy?

BIspy, how do you sepll Vandevelde? This is epic. This ice cream mountain in Macon in July melting. Unbelieveable.

Woods in the house at 10 under (and who could have predicted a 31-36?) Can anyone post 11, and who would bet against Woods in a playoff? and if they have to finish tomorrow and cost the 5-at-10 a tee time here, well, someone will have some splain to do.

April 10, 2011 at 5:57 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE VII

Adam Scott makes birdie at No. 16 to get to 12 under. Dude uses a long putter, which if you're looking for a stock option, go invest in long putters futures — they are going to fly off the shelves if Scott finishes the deal here today.

Ogily matches Woods at 10 under in the clubhouse. Question: Who does Lefty least want to put the green jacket on in about an hour or so? Both of the previously mentioned cats likely are on the short list.

April 10, 2011 at 6:13 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

McIlroy has to par out to shoot 80. Eight-zero. Is the worst final round in a major by a 54-hole leader? Play well tomorrow, big fella.

April 10, 2011 at 6:20 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Those fellas at Augusta National sure know what they’re doing. They’ve always wanted to bring in the best if not so well known to Americans international competitors. The leaderboard is a reflection of their design to grow the game globally.

April 10, 2011 at 6:32 p.m.
jgreeson said...

MASTERS ROUND IV, UPDATE VIII

Jason Day looks like a rising stud. Dude was money on the back. Impressed by what Adam Scott did coming in. Sweet Lou Dunbar, Charl is rocking, four birdies in a row to finish. Dude WON the Masters; and McIlroy lost the Masters.

Emotional day all around.

Time to get to work.

P.S. As for the Masters contest, well, it looks like SportTalk's Cowboy Joe (he's a cowboy, after all) is the winner. Lots of folks had Tiger, but Cowboy Joe paired Tiger with Luke Donald for the only entry that had two of the six players that finished in the top 5.

April 10, 2011 at 6:48 p.m.
BIspy4 said...

Wow. Now that there’s a finish by Schwartzel. Birdies on the last four holes. Holy. Bleep.

April 10, 2011 at 6:49 p.m.
eljefe said...

Not since Poppy was sloppy has there been a better rhyme than Soooo Sorry Rory! J-bird get that man a fondue set because that was some major meltdown.

April 10, 2011 at 6:57 p.m.
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