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JIM GORANT
April 19, 2010
The big story, the Italian Stallion and the death of socks
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April 19, 2010

Up & Down

The big story, the Italian Stallion and the death of socks

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CBS

Saturday saw its highest rating in nine years (7.6/18), up 33% from last year's third round, and Sunday's rose 36% (12.0/25) over 2009. The cameraman who caught the tear during Phil's hug with Amy should expect a raise.

Lee Westwood

After tying for third at the last two majors, Westwood moved up to solo second this time around, but he was in the driver's seat on Sunday and could only muster a 71. He didn't claim that elusive green jacket, but he may have put a hammerlock on the title of best player never to have won a major.

Socks

Fred Couples was almost certainly the first man to play the Masters sans socks. When a 50-year-old finishes sixth at Augusta, what some might see as a fashion don't could instead ignite a boat-shoe, anti-hosiery trend.

The Trees

The early heat brought an outpouring of sneeze-enducing, greens-slowing pollen, causing reactions among players and patrons alike and forcing Woods to wear a pair of wraparound sunglasses. Then a stray seed pod landed right in Mickelson's line as he putted for birdie on the 2nd hole on Sunday.

Sandy Lyle

The 1988 Masters champ, the sixth-oldest player in the field, opened with a three-under 69, then followed with a second-round 86, a 17-stroke differential that was the most dramatic of the tournament and turned him from contender to pretender overnight.

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