Tiger Woods enters Friday’s second round in good position to win his 15th major, 14-year-old Tianlang Guan was in contention after the first round, Fred Couples played like a golfer half his age, and Rory McIlroy continued to make those "stupid mistakes" that could leave him without a weekend tee time.
Despite the many story lines involving the best golfers in the world playing on the game’s most prestigious stage, many Masters observers only had eyes for the (mostly fair-haired) ladies following their guys around Augusta National.
Tiger’s new squeeze, Lindsey Vonn, led off the New York Daily News’ Blondes on Parade look at "the hottest wives and girlfriends in golf," while other outlets were making Brent Musberger-type noises about Dustin Johnson’s loyal follower, Wayne Gretzky’s photogenic progeny.
"If anyone has [a] brain in that production truck someone should have a camera on Paulina Gretzky all day," observed RidethePine about the tank top-outfitted beauty who vamped for the gallery during the par 3 competition that kicked off Masters week. "Gretzky, who has been dating PGA golfer Dustin Johnson since the beginning of the year, stole the show during the Masters Par 3 tournament on Wednesday."
Guys’ heads swiveled and cameras clicked furiously as DJ’s biggest fan hung out around the first tee for some time while her man prepared to start the par 3 tilt.
And, of course, Caroline Wozniacki donned the white caddie’s jumpsuit to accompany her curly-haired boyfriend during the annual event in which kids, grandmas, and spouses tote the luggage and tend the pins for PGA Tour legends and wannabes.
More than a few in Wednesday’s gallery were, no doubt, disappointed that Vonn and Woods were absent from the par 3 scene. The floppy-hatted ski champ did, however, make it to the course in time to root Tiger on to a first-round 2-under 70, as several outlets noted.
"Why hello there, Lindsey Vonn," chirped the Daily News.
One wag made the humorous connection between the action on Bobby Jones' iconic track and the Loudmouth experience taking place outside a motor home of a certain two-time major champ parked about a mile down the road in the Hooters parking lot.
Lindsey Vonn & Caroline Wozniacki are in Augusta to back their beaus. John Daly's honey just drove to Sams Club to buy him a carton of cigs.— Norman Chad (@NormanChad) April 11, 2013
Somewhere, Musberger was drooling into his microphone.