Wind causes problems at final practice

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

April 8, 2009

AUGUSTA---It was a busy and beautiful day out on the course. The sun was shining and the temperature much warmer than yesterday's. But there was still one weather problem: the wind.

You don't have to be a meteorologist to know that today's been quite breezy. That never bodes well for golfers. And wind does nothing to help a course as tough as Augusta National.

Players did their best to gauge the winds, trying to adjust enough for nice results on the green. Some succeeded; others, not so much.

If the winds keep up, what might tomorrow's low score be?

"I don't know. It all depends on the wind," said Steve Stricker, here for his ninth Masters appearance. "I haven't looked at the weather, but if the wind blows it's going to be very difficult. It's not easy, even when the wind is down a little bit today, it's still not an easy course, so you have to pay attention, you have to be patient, and just make a lot of pars."

Most of the players we talked to agree that while the wind was tough today, it's the greens that really matter if you want to win on this golf course.

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