McIlroy recovers from slow start, Woods has erratic day while Stenson suffers meltdown
Peter Alliss is determined to enjoy this Masters, because he doesn't know how many more on which he will be commentating. Blessedly, that isn't because the evergreen 82-year-old is counting any days; his fears are due to the latest news of the BBC's continued withdrawal from big-time golf.
The talk is all of Tiger and Rory but don't forget Mickelson in what promises to be a birdie-fest
Tiger Woods has finally joined in with the Rory-mania. The 14-times major champion had previously resisted adding to all the hype which has accompanied the young Ulsterman's rise into the world's elite, but yesterday he found the temptation to praise irresistible.
Tiger Woods is two practice rounds into his bid to win a fifth Green Jacket and the word from his companion is highly promising. When Mark O'Meara stepped off the course here yesterday he looked like a man who had seen it all before. "Everything I've seen out there was extremely good," said O'Meara, who donned green himself in 1998. "He said it felt like old times out there again."
Perhaps it says much about the ever-growing fame of Rory McIlroy that last year he brought three friends from home as his Masters guests – and this year he has invited Ant and Dec. When the Geordie presenters arrive at the Augusta National they will find their friend talking up the chances of Tiger Woods.
Hank Haney was once employed as Tiger Woods's coach but after causing widespread sympathy for the shamed superstar perhaps he should now apply to be his PR man.
Augusta National is a bastion of sexism that even a female IBM big shot cannot hope to bring down
Is that the sound of Tiger Woods' rivals running to the hills? Not quite, although Justin Rose does believe that he and his fellow pros should resign themselves to another period of domination from the red-shirted one.
Former world No 1 shows old authority to seal first victory in two years and become Masters favourite
Swansea City 0 Everton 2
Swansea City 0 Everton 2
Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy have upset the King. Arnold Palmer yesterday revealed his anger at the absence of the world's Nos 1 and 2 from the tournament bearing his name.
Tiger Woods eased concerns he would miss the first Masters of his career by coming through 18 holes of an exhibition event yesterday, just eight days after an Achilles injury forced his withdrawal from the WGC Cadillac Championship.
Not since the amateur days has a Grand Slam match-winner boasted such a meagre salary. In a revelation which should stun all of football's young multi-millionaires, Alex Cuthbert, Wales's try-scorer, is on £5,000 with his club. That's £5,000 a year, not a week.
Wales 16 France 9