If you are lucky enough to be a DirecTV subscriber, you're getting bonus coverage of the Masters. The satellite network has three other channels besides the CBS feed. I spent most of Saturday watching virtually nonstop coverage of Amen Corner -- holes 11, 12 and 13 -- and coverage of holes 15, a reachable par five, and No. 16, the picturesque par three with a large pond that runs down the left side. The benefit was that I got to see a lot shots from my man Steve Stricker, who shot 68 and is at -7 for the tournament, when CBS was showing the leaders. If heard correctly, the special channels will start broadcasting at 12:45 p.m. tomorrow. Check it out.
Hitting range balls while wondering whatever happened to Chip Beck.
Mr. Fairway’s love affair with the game of golf began in junior high. He once made his living as a journalist covering high school sports, cops and robbers and politics. Today, Mr. Fairway is a public relations consultant and a widely-published freelance golf writer. His current USGA handicap index is 9.3 and he averages 50-plus rounds a year.