124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Trending: The search for Phil's ball

April 06, 2012

Am I the only one who gets angry when I have to take a lost-ball penalty, while the pros have employed rangers stationed out on the course to pinpoint where every shot lands? It just doesn't seem fair. So excuse me if I took a little joy in watching Phil Mickelson search for his ball after an errant tee shot on the 10th hole during Thursday's opening round at The Masters. Then I took a lot of joy in watching the gallery come to his aide. To their credit, no one stopped to ham it up for the cameras, though I should point out the one guy at the very beginning holding a stack of four empty beer cups just watching and offering no help (three seconds in, screen right). And in true Augusta fashion, we don't see a woman come into frame for nearly 30-seconds (too soon?). I was only hoping to hear someone scream, "found one, what are you playing?", so I could say Phil and I have shared similar fates. Then again, I have played rounds where I've only hit eight greens, so I guess there's that.

-- Derek Evers