So, did you hear the one about
the fax machine that nearly got
Luke Donald disqualified? Was it
a 5 or a 3? Or was it just a speck
of dust on the chief scorer’s
spectacles. Had the world No. 1
signed for an incorrect 73 or
a correct 75? Relax: It was a
smudge on a fax of his scorecard? The fax got in the way of a
good story. By the way kids, if you
don’t know what a fax machine is,
The waiting world discovered
the news of Donald’s innocence,
not via the tournament com-
mittee (they probably sent a fax
and it got jammed again), but via
Donald’s wife, Diane, who tweet-
ed (hopefully not from within the
gates of Augusta National), “Just
got off the phone with Luke, NOT
disqualified. Thank goodness.”
Donald was eight shots adrift
of Lee Westwood’s lead. Or it may
have been six. So difficult to tell.
Tiger Woods bogeyed the final
two holes to post an even-par
72. Rory McIlroy birdied the final
two to post a 1-under-par 71.
Top Americans were Ben Crane,
Jason Dufner and Bubba Watson
at 3-under par.
Top amateur was Japan’s
Hideki Matsuyama at 1 under. And
a large whiskey for Sandy Lyle,
who only shot 4 over for the back
nine. Shame about the two sevens
in a front nine of 10-over par for a
total of 86. Or it may have been 68.
Darned fax machines.
Lee Westwood and Vijay Singh