The Masters

SportsDivas, Inc.'s Weekend Wrap

It’s O.K. if you missed a few games this weekend. We did too. Thankfully, buy we have box scores, malady recaps, there SportsCenter and web highlights.  We’ve taken the liberty to wrap up the biggest story lines and buzz-worthy details from the sports weekend below, just so you never have to miss a beat come Monday.

THE MASTERS:

Source: cnn.com

Australian Adam Scott won the 77th Masters this weekend at Augusta National in another exciting end that resulted in a 2-hole sudden death playoff match against Argentine Angel Cabrera. Scott sunk a 12-foot birdie on the second playoff hole to clinch the win and the coveted green jacket.

The 32-year old Scott is the first Australian to win the Masters, golf’s biggest and first major of the season.

Tiger Woods, who was the early favorite, finished a -5 (five under par) after taking a 2-stroke penalty on Saturday for an improper drop that violated the intricate Masters rules.

BULLS:

It was a lose-lose kind of weekend for our Chicago Bulls who dropped both of their road games. After the crazy overtime win against the Knicks on Thursday we all were working our way back onto the Bulls’ Bandwagon only to be thrown off again after this weekend’s mess.

The Toronto Raptors dealt the Bulls their first loss on Friday 97-88. The Bulls dug themselves into an offensive hole quickly and were forced to fight their way back the rest of the game.
Carlos Boozer led the team with 19 points and 12 rebounds. The masked-man Rip Hamilton, who has spent most of the season off the court due to injury, made a bit of an uproar getting himself ejected after throwing a flagrant elbow at Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan. Later, the NBA officially suspended Rip Hamilton for one game for his nasty move.
After snapping the Miami Heat’s 27-game winning streak just a few weeks ago the Heat were ready for some pay-back to their rivaled Chicago Bulls. With Sunday’s 105-93 win the Heat set a franchise record for home wins in a season – we can barely contain our excitement.

As expected, the game was extremely physical. Heat players were flopping all over the floor and our Bulls committed 30 fouls – seems a wee bit excessive. Lebron James led all scorers even though he played less minutes than usual with 26 points. Luol Deng led scoring for the Bulls with 19 and Carlos Boozer had 16 points and 20 rebounds.

With the two losses the Bulls (43-37) have dropped from the fifth seed in the East to the sixth seed. This means they blew their chances of getting a home-court advantage to start the playoffs which begin on Saturday. If the post-season started tomorrow the Bulls would face-off with their central division rival Indiana Pacers who have dominated the Bulls this season. Kind of a gloomy playoff outlook – let’s get it together Bulls!

WHITE SOX:

After being swept by the Washington Nationals last week, the (5-7) White Sox continued to struggle on the road, dropping 2 of 3 games in Ohio this weekend against the Cleveland Indians.

On Friday night, the Sox failed to score on all five of their base runners and were shut out 1-0. Former Sox player, Nick Swisher had an excellent series scoring the only run of the game on Friday with a walk-off RBI and then on Saturday’s launched a two-run homer over the left-field wall for the Tribe.  Saturday’s game was a a bit more crazy with rain delays and cold temps, which contributed to the Sox loosing 4-9.

Jake Peavy, Source: sports.yahoo.com

The Sox finally snapped their 5 game loosing streak on Sunday with a 3-1 win.  The highlight of Sunday’s game was pitcher Jake Peavy striking out 11, allowing only five hits and no walks through seven innings.

The next stop on the White Sox roadtrip is up north to Toranto to face the (5-7) Blue Jays in a four games series before heading home with no days off to face the Minnesota Twins.  Hey Ladies – if you’re heading to Canada to see the Sox series, make sure you wear your White Sox and Blackhawks gear – the Toronto Maple Leafs fans will love it!

CUBS:

The (4-8) Cubs also struggled this weekend. After a walk-off home run win from Starlin Castro on Friday afternoon, the Cubs dropped the last two games to the Giants, finishing the 4-game series 1-3.

The Cubs lost to the World Series champs  3-2 on Saturday and 10-7 (in 10 innings) on Sunday. Hopefully the team can find a way to score this week — they left players on base all weekend.

Kyuji Fujikawa, Source: ESPN.com

The Cubs’ closer drama isn’t over yet. Recently appointed closer Kyuji Fujikawa was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm after he blew the save on Friday. The Cubs claimed veteran reliever Kameron Low off waivers from the Brewers, and he could likely join the  team by Tuesday.

Catcher Steve Clevenger was also placed on the DL, but he’ll be gone for 60 days with a strained oblique. The team struggled this weekend, losing to the Giants 3-2 on Saturday and 10-7 (in 10 innings) on Sunday. Hopefully the team can find a way to score this week — they left players on base all weekend.

BLACKHAWKS:

This weekend was all about central division match-ups for the Blackhawks. Friday night Ray Emery dazzled once again as the Hawks beat the Redwings in a shoot out 3-2. Patrick Sharp was back in uniform for the Blackhawks and had a solid game. Jonathan Toews evened the score late in the third and breakout baby Blackhawk Brandon Saad netted the game winning goal.

Sunday the Blackhawks took on their other division rival the St. Louis Blues. Corey Crawford got the start in the net and recorded a shut out stopping all 30 Blues shots ( goalie controversy… says who?)  as the Hawks blanked the Blues, 2-0. Dave Bolland was back in the lineup after recovering from his leg injury, but Patrick Sharp was missing in uniform with his lagging shoulder injury. Bryan Bickell and Marian Hossa netted the goals for the Hawks, who have no rest as they take on the Stars tonight at the Madhouse on Monday night at 7:00pm

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Masters flag

It’s great to be out of hibernation and back talking to you sports divas! As the north continues to thaw, viagra the Masters at Augusta National will officially usher in the “real” start to the golf season this week.  The PGA Tour has been competing since January, but all is in preparation for the Masters, the first major of the PGA Tour.

12th Hole at August National

The Masters, which officially begins with tournament play on Thursday, is my favorite week in golf.  My first golf memory is Tiger winning his first Masters by a record 12 shots in 1997.  If you watch one golf event this year, make it this one. Golfer or not, it’s easy to get swept up by the beauty, elegance, and history that encompasses the Masters.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • The Masters is the 1st of the 4 ‘Majors’ in golf which also includes the US Open (June 13-16), the (British) Open (July 18-21), and the PGA Championship (August 8-11).
  • The first Masters tournament was played in 1935. Beginning in 1939, the tradition of awarding a Green Jacket to the victor began.  This is possibly one of the only sporting events where men want to win clothing.  Each year the reigning champion puts the green jacket on the winner to capture the continuing history of the Masters.
  • The Masters began as Bobby Jones’ vision.  Jones was the greatest amateur player of all time and dreamt of building a golf course fit for hosting a championship.

Bubba Watson, 2012 Masters champion

WHO TO WATCH FOR:

  • Tiger Woods is on a tear. Back in the lead as the #1 golfer in the world, he’s won 6 events in his last 20 competitions and is the runaway favorite this week. The guy has some experience winning at Augusta National, he’s won 4. Even though his last win at Augusta was in 2005 and his last Major win was in 2008, you can never count him out. Winning his 5th Masters would give him 15 Majors and leave him only 3 shy of tying Jack Nicklaus’ elusive record of 18 Majors.  He will dominate the headlines and commentary until the Masters Champion is crowned.  Augusta National is his “home” course and he wants a victory more than ever.
  • Bubba Watson is the defending champion and has been under the radar early on this season, but has steadily improved his game leading up to Augusta.  He also has recently unveiled his project for a hover craft golf cart the BW 1.  He’s a playful guy, who’s never had a golf lesson in his life. The public fell in love with him when he burst into tears after making his putt for victory on the first playoff hole last year.

Rory Mcllroy

  • Irishman, Rory Mcllroy represents all the rising young talent in golf. He is the reigning PGA Tour Player of the Year and won the most recent Major, the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course in Kiawah Island, SC last August. He won by a record 8 shots.  His start to 2013 has been shaky in the midst of all the responsibilities of his new found fame. With his new Nike endorsement he signed in January for a reported $125 million/5 years, he switched golf clubs and starred in a great Nike Golf commercial with Tiger. However at last week’s tournament in San Antonio, Rory came in solo second and is poised to add his third Major victory.
  • Guan Tianlang, the 14-year old Chinese golfer who will be the youngest player to ever compete at the Masters. How does a 14 year old get the chance to play in golf’s biggest major? By winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship in 2012, the young phenom received an automatic bid. Every year there is an amateur to watch, but many say Tianlang has the chance to truly make an impact this weekend.

WHEN TO WATCH:

ESPN

Thursday, April 11 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT

Friday, April 12 2:00 PM – 6:30 PM CDT

CBS

April 13 2:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT

April 14 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM CDT

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Crazy Woods

Oh, doctor the pressure!! There’s a reason big league athletes get paid big bucks to show up and cook under pressure for all of us to watch and revel in.  Pressure is part of the job and overcoming it is what separates amateurs from the pros.   With that said, unhealthy we have to call-out Kerry Wood and Tiger Woods who both succumbed to their frustrations by taking it out on their equipment this week – which created some entertaining video.

Cub’s struggling reliever Kerry Wood, decease melted down last night in the 8th inning against the Atlanta Braves in the Cubs 3-1 loss.  Wood, who has been battling shoulder issues already this season, walked 2 batters and gave up 2 hits in 6 at bats, enough to cause him to throw his glove and hat into the stands at fans.  While throwing a mitt into the dugout is nothing new, throwing it into the stands – WITH your hat – is high-drama.  It gets better.  During a post-game interview, Wood drops the f-bomb at a reporter who asked him about his temper tantrum and storms out of the locker room – see video below – at least he wished the media a “good night”. Ha – as if that softened the moment.

Moving on to another display of raw emotions in sports this week – Tiger Woods.  Woods has struggled to regain his untouchable status and lead in the PGA Tour rankings since his epic fall from grace two years ago resulting from his monstrous sex-scandal.  He’s won only one tour event since then and has struggled to make the cut in many tournaments.  Tiger’s always been a bit of a drama queen with the visible f-bombs after bad shots, yelling at the gallery for taking pictures, and more.  But it’s his bitchy club-dropping that drives me (and I’m sure others) absolutely nuts.  In the video below from the Masters a few weeks ago, Tiger drops his club in his back swing of a terrible tee-shot and then proceeds to kick it across the tee box.  Really Tiger?  As if you need to give the press and the public any more fuel to question your mental toughness and overall attitude?

Woods had another club-dropping and kicking incident this week when he failed to make the cut for the Wells Fargo Championship.

Between the 2 Woods – there are some seriously raw emotions for the viewing, which is entertaining for us, but bad for them.  Yes, I get that they are only human – and are entitled to venting here and there – but save it for the clubhouse shrink or your wife/GF/buddy.  Fans don’t want to see their sports heroes implode and it certainly doesn’t help when your opponents see that they’ve successfully gotten into your head – a very dangerous place to be.  Just ask Tiger Woods.

 

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