Unhappy with Thursday's play, Phil Mickelson was one of many players out at the driving range this morning. He also hit up the range after he finished Round One last night. (April 8, 2011 / WRDW-TV)
News 12 Midday / Friday, April 8, 2011
AUGUSTA---Don't let the clouds fool you. It's plenty warm out at Augusta National, and as the temperatures go up, expect the scores to go up too.
That's not good news for guys who didn't take advantage of yesterday's great scoring conditions, and there were plenty of them who didn't.
The driving range was full this morning as golfers fight to make it to the weekend. There are two ways to make it through. The cut line will include all golfers in the top 44, including ties, and all golfers within ten shots of the lead.
For guys like Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods, the cut line isn't much of a concern. Their goal today is to get in position for a weekend run. Both played consistently yesterday, but weren't completely satisfied. Phil went straight from the 18th green to the driving range last night, and he was out there again this morning.
Tiger is inthe next to last group today. How that late start affects his play will all depend on the weather. He tees off just before 2 o'clock, and with temperatures warming up, the course will get harder and faster. That will help his ball travel farther, but the greens will definitely play tougher. There could also be added complications if the rains decide to roll through.