Tuesday 8th April 2015
Practice Day 2
Wasn’t hard to get out of bed this morning for an early trip back to Augusta National. Antonio has been feeling a little rough and lethargic, he is also complaining of a sore throat. I did a bit of work with him and hope for his sake he is feeling more himself today.
After another trip around the back nine to show Ray Dorsett from the Australian Sports Commission who has joined us in the Team Murdaca House, we headed over to watch Antonio on the range.
As we arrived it was a pretty impressive line-up. Woods, Couples, Bubba Watson and right next to him Antonio Murdaca, fitting in like a seasoned Pro. Geoff Ogilvy stopped and chatted with Antonio for ten minutes or so and they also shared a few light moments with Bubba. Unfortunately Bubba finished up as he was pumping his driver a long way. As Bubba departed, Rory McIlroy moved into the slot next to Antonia and got to work. Antonio look to be really get the strength and speed back in his swing and looked to be physically stronger today.
After an hour or so of practice Antonio headed to the tee where he meet former World No. 1 Lee Westwood and they played the front nine together. With Tiger, Rory and Bubba also on the course, the galleries following Westwood and Murdaca were kept to reasonable levels and it was easy to get good vantage points as they worked their way around the course. Antonio more than held his own often longer off the tee. Westwood was great with him, regularly stopping to discuss club selection, green reads and other Augusta insights.
Post round we were ushered through the Members Clubhouse to sit and watch Antonio’s press conference. As he has done all week he handle himself impressively and continues to win fans around the course.
The day ended with the exciting news that Antonio has drawn Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson for the first two rounds. Scott and Johnson are both in the Top3 longest hitters on tour and Antonio will have huge galleries for his first two rounds. The Masters certainly look after the amateurs with all amateurs put with a former champion and having played with Adam Scott on Saturday should make Antonio feel more comfortable.
Tuesday 8th April 2015