All change for Al
ALVARO QUIROS takes a leaf out of his favourite club Atletico Madrid's book when it comes to hiring and firing caddies. Atletico have had more coaches than CIE and smiling Spaniard Quiros (28) gets through bagmen as fast.
He worked with Robert Karlsson's former caddie Gareth Bryn Lord for the first time at a tournament on Thursday, when a 65 earned Quiros a share of the Masters first-round lead with Rory McIlroy.
Explaining why he'd dumped Ruben Yorio weeks after winning in Dubai, Quiros said: "It's like in soccer, when a team is playing badly, you cannot change the 22 players. The only thing you can change is the coach, isn't it.
"You know, I cannot change myself," he added cheerfully. "Well, I'm trying to change myself but it doesn't work."
Foot in mouth
THERE'S blunt ... then there's plain brutal.
Like the first question Japanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa fielded from a reporter having emerged from the scorer's hut after Thursday's opening round: "Did you hear about the latest earthquake and how does that make you feel?" Good grief!
Dead man walking
MARTIN KAYMER looks like a real world-beater on most golf courses ... but it seems Germany's world No 1 cannot get a handle on Augusta National.
Kaymer missed the cut for the fourth time in a row at the Masters yesterday and his 80 on Thursday was so bad a local columnist wrote: "Only four others shot worse scores.
"Sam Snead could've shot better -- and he's dead."