Golfers Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith, the two top world ranking points earners of '22, will head out today at 2:40pm ET to battle over the Masters championship title at Augusta National Golf Club (THEQUADRILATERAL.SUBSTACK.com, 4/9). A duel is "shaping up" between the "two hottest players in golf." Scheffler and Smith are the "new sheriffs in town" (SI.com, 4/9). What a "fitting final pairing we have in store." There is Scheffler (9 under), winner of three of his last five tournaments, and Smith (6 under), winner of two of his last four, including the Players Championship (ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION, 4/10). Scheffler would be the 10th Texas resident to win the Masters. Texas has "produced more Masters champs than any other state" (AUGUSTA CHRONICLE, 4/10). After the cold start this morning, sunny skies "will help temperatures warm into the low 70s during the afternoon with a lighter breeze" (THEQUADRILATERAL.SUBSTACK.com, 4/9).
The energy at Augusta yesterday "bled out of the course as people realized" Tiger Woods "didn't have a championship run in him" (ESPN.com, 4/9). It was a "day of shifting spotlights" as focus moved away from Woods as he "limped and labored through 18 holes" (N.Y. TIMES, 4/10). Scheffler left Augusta National with a "simple plan, a night of binge-watching 'The Office' for the umpteenth time" (L.A. TIMES, 4/10).
With temperatures in the 50s and winds swirling more than 20 miles per hour, many native Southerners and out-of-towners alike "were ill-prepared for the weather." There was "not much to be done about the wait time at Augusta National's most popular Saturday spot: The merchandise store." The line "snaked for miles." Even as it moved, it was "even harder for organizers to keep the most popular item on the shelves: A hooded sweatshirt with Augusta's familiar logo printed enormously across the chest" (BOSTON GLOBE, 4/10).