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« il: Marzo 14, 2018, 04:02:42 am »
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The first full day at the Masters turned out to be a short one Monday. Augusta National was open for only two hours because of storms, still enough time for a few players to see some of the changes to the golf course -- even though this was supposed to be a year with really no change at all. The ice storm in February that led to the demise of the famous Eisenhower Tree also cost the club countless other trees, giving Augusta a slightly different look. Instead of a forest of Georgia pines, players can see from the 10th fairway all the way across to the 15th fairway. Players couldnt help but notice the number of trees missing from the right side of the narrow, claustrophobic seventh fairway. "You dont feel like youre going down a bowling alley as much," Brandt Snedeker said, his hair wet from wearing a visor in the rain. The club lost thousands of limbs that were damaged from the ice storm, so many that Jimmy Walker said he saw workers up in the trees with chain saws when he came to Augusta a few weeks ago for a practice round. "I havent played here a ton, so I kind of got the feeling you could see down through the golf course a little bit better than you used to be able," Walker said. "I dont know if thats a good thing or a bad thing." Some things never change. The course was starting to burst with colour. The greens already had a tinge of yellow to them. And there was a buzz about the Masters, even without Tiger Woods around for the first time in 20 years because of recent back surgery. Still, nothing stood out quite like the 17th hole. Masters champion Adam Scott always assumed the 440-yard par 4 was a dogleg left because of the 65-foot high loblolly pine that jutted out from the left side about 220 yards from the tee, forcing shots to the right except for the big hitters who could take it over the tree. Mike Weir is not one of the big hitters, so when asked how he found the 17th hole on Monday, the Canadian smiled. "Much friendlier," he said. "I was playing with Jason Day. For him, it doesnt matter. He hits it high and long enough. For me, I had to hit around it. It was probably the toughest drive on the course. Now, its much easier." It was amazing to him to walk up the fairway and see a patch of pine straw where the tree once stood so proud and tall. Weir and several other players assumed that Augusta National would have another pine placed their before the Masters. Maybe next year. But not this week. The tree was such a treasure -- named after former President Dwight D. Eisenhower, a club member who hit into the tree far too often -- that it was taken off site for storage. The club will determine later what do with the trunk and what limbs remain. But what a difference it has made already. "If the tree was there, I would have hit it yesterday," said Patrick Reed, who arrived on the weekend and already got in two practice rounds. "It was cold. It was a little into the wind and I hit it down the left side. I knew exactly where the tree was, and I probably would have caught the top half of that tree and would have been underneath it." "First three times I played this course it was there, and it made that hole really hard." Snedeker played on Sunday with Masters rookie Harris English and said he pulled his tee shot on the 17th. Any other year, he would have hit the tree. "It was perfect," he said. "Its still not an easy tee shot. But its not as hard as it used to be." The rest of the course should be the same as usual. The Masters can set up the course any way it likes -- difficult for scoring, or birdies that make cheers reverberate. It has trended toward excitement over the last several years, such as when Charl Schwartzel won with four straight birdies at the end, or even last year when Scott and Angel Cabrera in the last two groups each made birdie on the 18th to force a playoff. The biggest change is likely to be the guy in a red shirt. Woods won his fourth green jacket in 2005, though he usually kept it interesting, and always kept fans guessing. His back surgery last week means the worlds No. 1 player will be out of golf until the summer, and out of the Masters for the first time in his career. "Without Tiger here, its a different feel," Snedeker said. "Its a different event. He does a great job of bringing energy and bringing fans out that we dont usually get." Those fans had to leave early on Monday. By lunch, the course was closed for good. 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The first half Saturday was arguably the best 45 minutes played on the season.  Toronto FC went toe-to-toe with San Joses physical play.  The movement, the use of space, the passing and shape were prominent, but it was team commitment standing out the most:  50/50 battles.  Getting stuck in.  Getting forward and pushing onwards.  The simple stuff.  A winning attitude is being developed and dedication to the crest has never stood out so much.  We sometimes focus too much on tactics, formations and Xs and Os.  There are many reasons teams win or lose.  Its oftentimes the basic intangibles that first need to be established before the more complicated follow. Thus far, the basics have been the difference between points and no points.  This is the first step and its a big one. The bar will continue to be raised.  Team approach will be tested.  It will be up to the manager and individual quality to take this team from being good to potentially great.  The appetite lived up to standing.  The main course begins post-World Cup. Here are my five thoughts on Toronto FC at the World Cup break: 1. Trader Tim ? General manager Tim Bezbatchenko has been a busy man in his first eight-plus months on the job.  An off-season overhaul was required and mission accomplished, but it was evident the team was still a work in progress to start the year.  Too thin at some positions and too weak at others.  The ensuing in-season adjustments have followed and have come with purpose and all look to be solid moves.  Gale Agbossoumonde, Issey-Nakajima-Farran, Alvaro Rey and allocation money go out, with Luke Moore, Collen Warner and Dominic Oduro coming in.  With the acquired players come great salary, but more substance.  These are all considerable moves and represent potential starters in exchange for players either battling for roles or ones who have fallen out of favour.  Moore has two goals in four games and has paired well with Jermain Defoe up front.  He holds up the ball and is a supplementary goal-scoring threat that was desperately needed.  Warner filled a significant gap at defensive midfield.  It is clear head coach Ryan Nelsen prefers a diamond in the midfield, with a central player sitting on top of the back four.  Warner is the man tasked with the job and his true importance will come to light once Michael Bradley returns from the World Cup.  He deservedly won Man of the Match Saturday, rarely out of position and confident on the ball.  Oduro has just arrived, but adds more pace to an already dangerous counter-attack.  Hes a proven MLS commodity and a useful player, adaptable to play either up front or wide right, particularly in a 4-3-3 if required.  It may be early, but from the outset all three trades seem like a win for Bezbatchenko.  The rookie GM deserves significant credit for these moves in addition to off-season trades for Jackson and always-impressive Justin Morrow.  Bez knows the league and has massively upgraded the depth of the roster.  No ego.  No meddling agents.  Just business.  This Tim deserves credit. 2. Big money, big results ? Defoe with seven goals in eight games.  Check.  Michael Bradley as on-field general, influential leader with a game-winning goal under his belt, looking to be among the top players already in MLS.  Check.  You get what you pay for.  The early returns reinforce Toronto purchased absolute quality.  No player may ever justify a $7 million per year salary in MLS, not even David Beckham, but if youre trying to reach for the stars, then get there.dddddddddddd  Any misplaced cynicism about either signing is gone.  These two make Toronto FC an instant MLS Cup threat, no question.  The waiting game on the third Designated Player, Gilberto, continues.  He has more games missed through injury (two) than goals scored (none).  Its been a tough transition for the Brazilian: new city, new country, new language and new life.  Never mind the fact hes playing in a new league and with new expectations.  Flat-out, Gilberto has been disappointing, but weve seen flashes.  The hope is the flashes turn into moments that turn into games.  One has to wonder how much patience will be given.  DP spots are gold, especially for a club like Toronto FC that can pay for quality.  3. Points earned ? It cannot be said the team has hit absolute stride.  It has been ugly at times with Toronto FC grinding out results.  They have only out-possessed opponents twice on the season and more consistent build-up is essential.  Distribution needs work, as does movement off the ball.  The learning curve has been made more difficult through injury in the team and a wonky schedule.  Chalk up an early season 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake in the ugly category, while a 2-1 home loss to New England disappointing.  Other than that, a difficult schedule has played out favourably and late goals have come, more often scored than conceded.  Late tallies against Columbus (twice), New York, and Sporting Kansas City have either won or secured points.  Its these kinds of performances that bode well long term.  Its characteristic of winning teams to win while not at their best.  Progress. 4. Nellies team ? We are witnessing the maturation of a head coach.  Nelsen was in a difficult position last year, coming straight off the field as player, late into the fray, into a completely new context as a first-time coach with a subpar team.  It was as tough an introduction to coaching as one can imagine.  Nelsen survived the off-season purge and was given requisite tools to succeed for his sophomore adventure.  He may still have critics, but patience is needed.  Week by week, Nelsens in-game management has grown.  His substitution patterns have been spot-on and his read for the game is becoming more apparent.  It was a calculated gamble by the previous regime to hand over the reigns to a man with no experience, but a natural leader and well liked within the game.  Its paying off.  Nelsen was essential to the recruitment of the likes of Defoe, Julio Cesar, Steven Caldwell and Bradley Orr.  And its no secret his players love to play for him.  Nelsen doesnt apologize for his team, but he sticks up for them, stands by them and doesnt throw any player under the bus.  The culture created is a positive one and the benefits are being reaped.  5. Areas for Improvement ? It must be kept in mind the team is still a work in progress and there are clear areas in need of improvement and/or upgrades.  Deficiencies in ball possession and passing have already been documented, as have the struggles of Gilberto.  Doneil Henry needs to find stability in his game with more consistent one-v-one defending, decision-making and positioning.  With Henry, its worth having patience, as he is a budding stud centre-back.  Improvement on the wings is also required.  This may come through trade or transfer.  The team often plays too narrowly with Jonathan Osorio more comfortable playing inside than on the left side.  Tactically, after early season relentless high pressure, the team has become too comfortable sitting too far back in defence.  There needs to be a balance here, and it hasnt been found yet.  Most importantly for TFC, they must get Defoe the ball.  It needs to be much better and more frequent.  Defoes been relegated to being too much of a chaser.  Service at his feet is mandatory to ultimately get the most out of their prized striker. 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