JOE BIDDLE: Sunday Notes: April 13, 2014

Random ruminations while wondering whatever happened to Ty Tryon…

  • Saturday was moving day at the Masters. Unfortunately, many of the golfers were moving in the wrong direction, as the course continued to bring the world's best golfers to their knees.

    Moving most in the wrong direction was Nashville's Brandt Snedeker. After getting a birdie 3 on the difficult opening hole, Snedeker added another birdie on No. 3 and seemed ripe for a low round.

    But on the par-3 fourth, Snedeker's putting stroke abandoned him at the worst time. He hit his tee shot in a bunker, but blasted out five feet from the cup. Unbelievable as it might be, Snedeker five-jacked from 5-feet for a quadruple-bogey 7. The former Vanderbilt All-American and 2012's FedEx Cup champion was cooked, leaving me to believe he wants to win a green jacket so bad that it affects him mentally. You can want something too much.

    “I watched arguably the best putter in the world today five-putt the fourth hole,'' Snedeker's playing partner, Englishman Lee Westwood, told Reuters. “That's the kind of things we're  dealing with out here.''

    Snedeker shot 40-40–80. He had a triple bogey on the back nine and finished with a bogey on 18. Only two players in the field shot higher than Snedeker. It was the worst round for Snedeker in his seven Masters appearances.

  • It appears Tennessee State will hire Dana Ford as its new men's    basketball coach.

    Ford played at Illinois State and is currently the associate head coach on Dan Muller's staff there. Vanderbilt fans will remember Muller from his years as Coach Kevin Stallings' assistant coach and top recruiter.

    Ford was also an assistant under John Cooper at TSU. He has great ties to the Chicago area and recruited Robert Covington for TSU.

  • It was no surprise that Tennessee junior Jarnell Stokes opted to leave a year early and apply for the NBA draft.

    Most draft projections have Stokes being taken in the second round, if at all. If true, he will not get guaranteed money. But I would bet that his agent/advisor is telling him he will be a first-round pick and he and his family bought into it.

    Stokes is 6-7, and is projected to play in the NBA as a power forward. That is undersized for that position, but he doesn't have a 12-15 foot jump shot and that would be imperative. He could have used his senior season at UT to develop that shot, much as he did to improve his free throw shooting last season. Stokes hit 56 percent his first two seasons, jumped to 69.6 percent this season.

    There aren't many Charles Barkley's playing in today's NBA. Barkley was an anomaly who used his strength to get rebounds and score around the basket. Stokes can do that to rebound, but his offensive moves will limit what he will be able to do in the NBA.

  • I don't know about you, but delaying the NFL draft until May 8 doesn't serve any purpose that I can see. It makes the off-season drag out even more.

    I don't care what Johnny Manziel made on the Wonderlic test. I want to see which team is going to draft him and where he is taken in the draft. This current calendar puts too much time between the combine and the draft. Delaying it to May will give NFL teams too much time to second and third-guess their draft boards.

    It's also difficult for the players in the draft. They see their stock rise and fall on almost a daily basis. You can find more warts the longer you look at a prospect.

  • It's good to see Independence High wrestler Hunter Garstin back home after spending four months in Atlanta's Shepherd Center.

    He suffered a spinal cord injury during a match in Huntsville, Ala., in December. The popular student was welcomed by a large number of friends and students at Independence.

  • Augusta National has rules and they apply to everyone across the board.

    Lorne Duncan was the caddy for 19-year-old Englishman amateur Matthew Fitzpatrick. Duncan has a medical condition that prevents him from wearing running or jogging shoes, required footwear for Masters caddies.

    Duncan usually wears sandals to caddy. No go, said Augusta National.

    “I went to speak to the powers to be at Augusta National about alternative footwear that would allow me to get through the week,'' Duncan said. “But my inquiries were met with a resounding, ‘No.' ''

    Fitzpatrick, who won the U.S. Amateur last year, called on Ricky Elliot, who normally caddies for Brooks Keepka.

    “It didn't bother me,'' Fitzpatrick said of losing Duncan. “I'm very happy to be here and look forward to the week with an experience caddie on the bag.''

     Fitzpatrick shot a 76-73, missing the cut by a stroke.

  • Green Bay linebacker A.J. Hawk makes a living hitting opponents as hard as he can on Sundays.

    But the 30-year-old Hawk completed an online ministry and was ordained four years ago. According to Monday Morning Quarterback's Jenny Vrentas, Hawk recently performed his first wedding.

    It involved his friend and the Packers assistant athletic trainer, Nate Weir.

  • Condolences to Sports Illustrated Senior Writer Peter King, whose Monday Morning  Quarterback column is a must read.

     Peter's older brother Kenny, died in England last week.

  • Did you catch the caddy with the pink ponytail at the Masters Par-Three tournament? That was tennis star Caroline Wozniacki, fiancée of golfer Rory McIlroy.

    Caroline drained a downhill 30-foot putt on No. 9, but when trying her hand off the tee, cold-topped her shot into the water.

  • Of all the major sporting events, Augusta National holds prices better than any other.

     Here are some of the concession stand prices.

    You can grab a pimento cheese, ham or egg salad sandwich for $1.25. You might want to splurge with a chicken breast or club sandwich, putting you $2.50 out of pocket. Need some chips with that? You owe 75 cents and a candy bar for dessert is another 75 cents.

    You can buy bottled water for $1.25 or a soda for $1. If you desire a 16-ounce soda in a souvenir cup, it is $1.50.

  • Former Portland High and University of Florida star Corey Brewer posted a career-high 51 points against the Rockets. The former Gator, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, had difficulty believing what he accomplished in the 112-110 win over Houston.

    “Fifty-1???? You know how many guys scored 50 in the NBA? That's what makes it such a special night because I never in my career expected to score 50,'' Brewer said.

    Only 27 different players hit that mark in the last 10 seasons. Brewer became the fifth player this season to eclipse the half-century mark. One of Brewer's two 3-pointers was a second quarter buzzer-beater on a shot from behind half-court.

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