Short Chips: Cool Couples knocks Poulter off catwalk
SORRY Ian Poulter, but Fred Couples was the top fashion icon at The Masters.
Couples (50) created a mini-sensation when he played all four rounds at Augusta in casual footwear which looked very like deck shoes or plimsoles.
And no socks!
In fact, the Ecco hybrid footwear Couples wore has dimplings on the soles and is suitable for tennis or golf in sunny climes. Yet playing golf without socks? Couples relies instead on a special insole called 'Comfort Fiber', which provides "moisture management and climate control" inside the shoe. Make carpets out of the same stuff and there'd be no need for air-conditioning.
Officials find fault with plane jibes
PLANE vanished! The single-engine Cessna, which made a couple of passes over Augusta National on Thursday towing ribald messages to Tiger Woods, hasn't been seen since.
Did it disappear into the Bermuda Triangle? No, it became bound-up in red tape. Having traced the flights to an airfield across the state line in South Carolina, Federal Aviation Authority Investigators inspected the plane and discovered a fault which required it to fly straight back to its base in Ohio for urgent repair.
Apparently, a seat belt wasn't up to spec! Plainly, you don't mess with the Masters around these parts.
Sunesson modest on 20-year anniversary
ONE anniversary passed almost unnoticed at this year's Masters.
Even Fanny Sunesson didn't realise it's precisely 20 years since she became the first and only female caddie to 'win' at golf's Majors when she carried Nick Faldo's bag in 1990.
"I didn't think of myself in that way. I was just doing my job and just happened to be a girl," said Sunesson, who caddies for Henrik Stenson these days.
There's little reason to remember Stenson's performance this week. He missed the cut by a mile on 11 over.
Jacket pursuit 'killing' Ernie
ERNIE ELS played on the weekend at The Masters for the first time since 2006 ... but is still close to despair over his inability to transfer recent hot form on the US Tour to the Augusta fairways.
His best chances of a Green Jacket came in 2000, when he lost out to Vijay Singh, and four years later, when Phil Mickelson broke his heart, and Els admits he's not been the same since.
"This place just does it to me, it's killing me," said Els (40) who'd cleared out his locker yesterday in plenty of time to watch the leaders battle it out.
Just five players have won The Masters in their 40s and Els wonders if his chance will ever come. "If it's not going to happen, it's not going to happen. What can you do? But I'm just beating my head against a wall every time. I had a good attitude and, everything's there. We don't gel with the place."