Thursday, April 11, 2002

Masters Update

Okay, I figured out the IBM Leaderboard pagination problem (it was my problem, not theirs). In the box on top, click on the "Traditional View." In the box below, click on the button that says "scorecard." Then click on a player by name (say, Davis Love or Sergio Garcia) and -- bingo! -- up pops his scorecard. If you want a Leaderbard with a hole-by-hole summary, click the button to the left of the top box. Kudos to the IBM folks. It's great.

Other Items:

Davis Love III was the only golfer who shot a bogey-free round today. Which means he will make three bogeys tomorrow, because you can't play 72 holes at Augusta National and not make at least 9 bogeys.

Bernard Langer blew up on the final four holes and fell back into the pack, but he'll almost certainly make his 19th consecutive Masters cut. No small feat, that.

The most interesting stat is "average score by hole." In years past, they had to put the ninth pin in impossible places to prevent the players from making birdies. Now it's the most difficult hole on the golf course. If you look at the individual scorecards of the names atop the leaderboard, you'll see bogey after bogey on the 9th. It's even playing harder than the 10th, which is a monster.