Masters moments: Wednesday

More picks of the day from GM’s Alex Narey

Well, we have arrived at the eve of the 73rd US Masters, and to be honest I’m done with all the pre-match Hollywood stuff. It’s time to get the main event started. But first, here’s a pick of the best bits from Wednesday at Augusta National

1)    Watching the trio of Adam Scott, Paul Casey and Geoff Ogilvy rib each other on the 12th tee during their practice round this morning. It seemed like there was a little bit of gamesmanship going on between them in terms of which one would hit the best – and worst – tee shot. Amusingly, all three players hit into the water, with Scott playing the worst shot of all, dropping straight into the drink about 20 yards short.

2)    Some of the crowd appeared to be getting on Ian Poulter’s back as he partnered DJ Trahan. One shout from the galleries came: “So you think you’re better than Tiger.” While his check trousers (deep red with a hint of blue) simply handed them more ammo. To be fair to the Englishman, he saw the funny side, and was playing some pretty solid golf.

3)    Miguel Angel Jimenez is always one for a laugh, it seems, and at one point today on the driving range the likeable Spaniard appeared to be in the middle of a long-drive competition with American star Nick Watney. After Watney departed, Jimenez proceeded to take on Sandy Lyle at the same game. Both were nailing their drives against the back net of the range – Lyle with a 3-wood!

4)    Being in the press centre when Gary Player hit his hole-in-one on the 9th during the par-3 competition. With most of the journos watching the Liverpool-Chelsea game on their screens, there was a huge roar when Player’s ball eventually dropped in the hole with pretty much everyone oblivious to what had gone on.

5)    Watching Vijay Singh during his practice round. The Fijian was hitting the ball harder, straighter and further than anyone else I have seen this week. If his short game is on form, he’s surely a serious contender for honours this week.

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Alex Narey
Content Editor

Alex began his journalism career in regional newspapers in 2001 and moved to the Press Association four years later. He spent three years working at Dennis Publishing before first joining Golf Monthly, where he was on the staff from 2008 to 2015 as the brand's managing editor, overseeing the day-to-day running of our award-winning magazine while also contributing across various digital platforms. A specialist in news and feature content, he has interviewed many of the world's top golfers and returns to Golf Monthly after a three-year stint working on the Daily Telegraph's sports desk. His current role is diverse as he undertakes a number of duties, from managing creative solutions campaigns in both digital and print to writing long-form features for the magazine. Alex has enjoyed a life-long passion for golf and currently plays to a handicap of 13 at Tylney Park Golf Club in Hampshire.