Lee Westwood leads The Masters 2012Lee Westwood leads The Masters 2012
English world number 3 Lee Westwood played one of his best rounds ever at Augusta, in difficult conditions, to give himself a one shot lead at the end of day one at The Masters 2012. While a lot of people were struggling with the difficult pin positions and mud sticking to balls, Lee made it look fairly easy.
Westwood explained, “There was no weakness out there in my game. I hit it close, hit a lot of fairways and rolled in some nice putts. I’ve been playing well all year so I was pretty confident. But trying not to let myself get carried away. I just wanted to come out and start steady and strong and play my way into the tournament, which I’ve done.”
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods, who was the favourite coming in The Masters 2012, hit an even 72 after having to take a drop on the 2nd and another on the 18th but remained upbeat.
He said, “I hit some of the worst golf swings I’ve ever hit today, and that’s all right,” said the world number seven, who won the last of his 14 majors in 2008. “I just hung in there and grinded my way around the golf course and stayed very patient, stayed in the moment. I got a lot out of that round.”
AFTSJS - This is the end, beautiful friend... a vacation
These words, they are hard to come by. Failure, is the happy bed fellow of only the most foolhardy of optimists, and while ‘looking on the brightside is a hobby of mine, I am no fool. But a fool I must have looked on Thursday when Justin Rose failed to win his 3-ball, confining the AFTSJS to the scrapheap.
The path of 20steps has been littered with bad luck, hopeless misjudgements and pitfalls of every kind. Not once has a hallowed 4th step been taken, never have we experienced the thrill of punting £8 on an even money shot.
But we are not alone in our failures, 20steps keeps the company of many, our group you might say, is not an exclusive one. Arsenal, Blue, Rupert Murdoch, Andy Murray, have all experienced disappointment to varying degrees in the past few months. Indeed, only yesterday the world’s two best golfers performed their yearly capitulation at the Open Championship.
However, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald will both be back to fight another day, to miss another fairway, to shank another 5 footer for bogey. And so too will 20steps, happily though, for the immediate future is holiday, house move, and then yet more holiday.
It was Jim Morrison who sang ‘this is the end, beautiful friend, the end….’ on The Doors eponymously titled debut album. Only it wasn’t the end, because eight months later they released their second long player, Strange Days.
Likewise this is not really the end for 20steps, merely a vacation. We will return, probably in time for the new football season, for now though, Secret Garden Party awaits me…
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