"I understand that people, especially in Sendai, they are living in hell," he said, "and I would love to show the energy and power of what golf can bring to those people."
One means nothing
Entering the Masters as the world's No. 1 player didn't help Martin Kaymer gain an advantage Thursday in his bid to break his streak of missed cuts at Augusta National.
The PGA champion from Germany carded a double bogey and six bogeys in a round of 6-over 78 that threatens to exclude him from the weekend competition for the fourth time in the four Masters in which he has competed.
"Obviously, it's frustrating if you never play well," Kaymer said. "It doesn't matter what kind of course it is. It's just a shame. It's obviously a huge tournament here, and if [the course] doesn't really suit your eye and you know that quite well it's a little frustrating."
Asked if had a new game plan for Friday's second round, he replied, "I don't have a game plan. I think that I don't really know how to play the golf course."
A ball for a beer
Three-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Nathan Smith had a sick feeling standing in the 18th fairway as he watched fans behind the green scatter to avoid his incoming shot.
"Walking up, I just saw one person sitting there and I knew something was wrong," Smith said. "He couldn't move, so I kind of took the beer from him and helped him out a little bit."
Well, he wasn't moving because Smith's ball had landed in his lap. He was not injured, and Smith wound up making bogey on the hole to finish his round of 75.
Afterward, Smith said, "I gave him a ball. I think he gave me the beer. So that was good."
Smith, of Pittsburgh, won his second of two Pennsylvania Amateur championships in 2009 at Waynesborough Country Club in Paoli. He returned to the area later in the year at Merion as a member of the U.S. Walker Cup team.
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