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"Oh, you mean Butchy," the boy said.
Phil needed a fast start. He made a par at the 1st. The old man and the boy walked to the 2nd tee.
"He'll birdie here," the boy said. "Phil feasts on the 5s!"
The old man, who did not like alliteration, had seen many men make 6 on the 2nd at Augusta National, also a par-5, looking for a 4 to get in contention on Masters Sunday.
When Phil tried to reach the 2nd with an eight-iron from 200 yards, the old man gasped. The ball fell short. Ah, the old man thought, the trusted wedge will come out. But Phil's pitch from a bad lie was the shot of a duffer. Phil made 6 when he was thinking 4, if not 3.
They stayed with Phil, right through his closing bogey, for 74. Still, he signed autographs.
The old man and the boy headed out again. They were looking for Westwood.
"He is a good man with hard luck," the old man said. He was thinking of the Masters this year, the British Open last year, the U.S. Open the year before that. Westwood might have won all three.
"Westwood?" the boy asked. "He plays for them." By that he meant the European Ryder Cup team. "Buy American, old man!"
The boy read other names off the leader board. "Lucas Glover! Heath Slocum! Davis Love III!" Three Southern gents. The boy started singing, Sweet home, Alabama.