by Alex Miceli

The Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 572 points Friday, but that was nothing compared to the carnage at Augusta National Golf Club, where Masters first-round leader Jordan Spieth dropped three shots in two holes and tumbled down the leaderboard.

In his place, 10 players took a turn at the top. By the end of a volatile day, Patrick Reed fought off his poor record in four previous starts and windy conditions to shoot 6-under 66 for a 9-under 135 total. Just as Spieth had done a day earlier, Reed held a two-shot lead. Marc Leishman (67) was at 7-under 137, followed by Henrik Stenson (70) at 5-under 139. Spieth steadied himself to shoot 2-over 74 and share fourth place with Rory McIlroy (71) at 4-under 140 (scores)


by Gary Van Sickle

The world’s finest golfers are as neatly lined up on the Masters leaderboard as Battleship Row was at Pearl Harbor just before the “Day of Infamy.” 

From Dustin Johnson, who is No. 1 in the world, to Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth and all the rest, they’re all right there. The full pantheon of current stars is poised and in prime position going into the weekend at Augusta National.

Two major aircraft carriers are missing in action, however.


by Steve Elling

It ain’t Confucius. It’s not even a smirk-generating limerick, a memorable rock ’n’ roll lyric or a funny fortune-cookie quip.

But it surely applies, given the content-choking parameters Augusta National has imposed upon viewers around the world over the years.


Augusta National deserves respect

A reader suggested that Augusta National should not be quick to congratulate itself for taking steps to eradicate sexism in its various practices (“From the Morning Read inbox,” April 6). He bolstered this assertion by stating that Augusta National did not take steps to fire all male employees and/or allow its board to be taken over by female members.

These comments are absurd, and attempt to make a mockery of positive steps taken by a venerable and highly respected golf club to directly address alleged sexist practices.



Number of strokes under par that Patrick Reed stood after 36 holes to lead the Masters. Reed shot 6-under 66 on Friday for a 135 total, which was two strokes ahead of Marc Leishman, who shot 67 for a 7-under 137 aggregate. Henrik Stenson (70) was third at 5-under 139. Jordan Spieth, who opened with a 66 for the first-round lead, struggled to a second-round 74 for a share of fourth place with Rory McIlroy (71). Dustin Johnson (68) and Justin Thomas (67), who are Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the Official World Golf Ranking, shared sixth place at 3-under 141 (scores).



Big Max has been honored for a third consecutive year with an Editors’ Choice Award by Golf Digest magazine. Big Max’s Blade IP push cart was honored in the “Best Club Transport – Push Cart” category.


April 5-8
PGA Tour: Masters Tournament

Augusta (Ga.) National GC

April 6-8
Symetra Tour: IOA Championship

Beaumont, Calif.

April 11-14
LPGA: Lotte Championship

Ko Olina GC, Kapolei, Hawaii

April 12-15
PGA Tour: RBC Heritage

Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

European Tour: Spanish Open

National Golf Center, Madrid

April 13-15
Champions: Mitsubishi Electric Classic

TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga.

Men’s amateur: Terra Cotta Invitational

Naples (Fla.) National GC

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