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Though 20-year-old Jordan Speith was a highlight, we found a Saturday Masters leader board that was a testimony to the boring parity that has crawled over the game like kudzu.

Quirky self-taught left-hander Bubba Watson, whose legendary 2012 shot is marked by an X in the woods, birdied the 12th and 13th to show Amen Corner who’s boss, then threw in three more birdies before the streak ended Friday at the Masters.

For a long while, it appeared Miguel Angel Jimenez, a 50-year-old Spaniard, would be the unlikely leader after the first day of the Masters. But a tricky Augusta course claimed several victims.

Masters: There’s never a dull moment with Phil Mickelson, who can tie Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods with a fourth victory at Augusta National.

Ron Green Sr.: It seems like only 60 years ago, the year I covered the Masters for the first time. It was 1955. Cary Middlecoff, a reformed dentist who was allergic to grass, won it by seven strokes.

A day to relish the moments in life we’ll always remember: Great football rivalries, golf tournaments ahead, Arnie, Dean, good days past, sunsets, frosty glasses, big ol’ linemen and today, when the kitchen smells so good you almost want to eat the air.

Mother Nature must be hitting the sauce. That’s all I can figure.

Jason Kokrak lives about 10 minutes away from the Quail Hollow Club, for him about a drive and a 5-iron.

James Hahn, a self-described “Tin Cup guy” with a gorgeous homemade swing and a spirit that turns the sunshine on, was walking up the Quail Hollow Club 18th hole 2 under par.

Over the past 10 years, nobody, except maybe the major championships, has done it better than the Quail Hollow Club and the Wells Fargo Championship.

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Ron Green Sr.
Ron Green Sr. is a retired Observer columnist.