Off-colour Lyle goes from sublime to the ridiculous
TALK about diabolical starts ... Sandy Lyle went 6-6-6 for the first three holes of his second round yesterday, instantly wiping out any good karma from Thursday's splendid 69.
Twenty four hours after his best round score at the Masters since 1992, Lyle (52) posted his worst in 29 visits to Augusta, a horrific 86.
Five-over after three, the 1988 Masters champion bogeyed four, took another double-bogey six at five and dropped shots at seven and eight as he played the front nine in 10-over 46. Disaster struck again at 12, where the Scot took a triple-bogey six after losing his first ball long in the shrubbery and dumping another in the water.
A couple of birdies at 13 and 15 sandwiched a double-bogey six at 14. He fished with a bogey-five at 18.
Jokers give Tiger ad the internet treatment
SOME find it spooky. Others think it's touching. Either way, that new Nike ad featuring Tiger Woods is getting a lot of attention, especially on the internet.
Of course, that was the intention. Yet Tiger certainly won't be pleased with the comic versions flooding the web. The ad, released this week, shows Tiger, moody in black and white, staring into the camera as the voice of his late father Earl urges him to learn from experience.
Yet a wide variety of sound effects are substituted in the internet remixes, including that infamous voice-mail in which Tiger desperately implores a mistress to take her name off her cell phone "because my wife went through the phone and could be calling you."
Aviation body to investigate pilot in Woods banner stunt
AMERICA'S Federal Aviation Administration has dispatched two aviation safety investigators to meet the pilot of the single-engine Cessna who flew over Augusta National on Thursday trailing banners poking fun at Tiger.
The banners read: 'Tiger: Did you mean Bootyism', referring to Woods' stated intention to resume practice of his Buddhist faith, and: 'Sex Addict? Yeah. Right. Sure. Me too'.
The FAA aren't worried about the banners' content, but want to check the credentials of the pilot and the advertising company, believed to be from Ohio.
Everybody at Augusta National saw the little plane towing those messages for Tiger, except, it seems, the man for which they were intended. "I didn't see it," he claimed. As the message went: Yeah. Right.
Ex-paratrooper Jaidee elbowed out of Masters
THONGCHAI JAIDEE got the 'elbow' from the Masters after hole 10 of his second round yesterday, withdrawing from the tournament because of an injury to the joint.
The former Thai paratrooper, who shot 74 on Thursday, was six-over for the tournament after a birdie on 10.