Roars From Amen Corner

They call three holes on the second nine “Amen Corner” at Augusta National. It consists of 11, 12 and 13. All involve risk-reward shots and all are surrounded by water. It’s probably the most breathtaking stretch of golf in the world.

Rory McIlroy really likes it so far at the 2011 Masters.

The kid from Northern Ireland who will some think is the best player never to have won a major (keep in mind he’s 21 years old) will remember this day for the next 21 years.

McIlroy put his peg in the 11th tee 4-under par. It got better on the green. McIlroy holed a 15-footer to take the lead in The Masters and flirt with the course record. On the 12th hole, a short par-3, the kid got a break. McIlroy’s tee ball came up inches shy of the green and almost rolled back into the water. It didn’t. Rory then almost holed his second shot. He didn’t. I think he’ll gladly take his par.

McIlroy’s currently two clear of Fisher, Snedeker, Kuchar and a faltering Goosen. Retief’s wearing a hideous shirt that looks like he purchased on clearance at a Kohl’s.

Els & Woods, still on the first nine, are 1-under. We’ve only just begun.

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