Since the early signing period is purely optional, not all of the big names will sign in December. We’ll still see dozens of blue chips and a handful of top-15 players on the board until February’s NSD, though perhaps not quite as many as before.
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If the Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, as conventional wisdom has it, someone forgot to drop that well-known bit of golf knowledge on Sergio Garcia.
Because the 37-year-old Spaniard, who is looking to break an 0-fer-73 major-less drought, certainly got it going in his first nine holes. Garcia had a birdie-par-birdie start to the final round at Augusta and made the turn at 2-under 34 to get to 8-under for the week and in a tie with playing partner and 54-hole co-leader Justin Rose.
If Garcia goes on to win, he may look back at No. 7 as critical to his triumph. That’s where he hit his tee shot into the woods, his second into a green-side bunker, and eked out a huge par-saving sandy — his 16th straight bogey-free hole — while Rose made birdie. Just like Cheap San Francisco Giants Jerseys that, Sergio’s two-shot cushion was down to one.