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KSR at The Masters: What We Learned


After prying my clenched hands off the Augusta airport terminal door, Matt finally got me on the airplane and back in Kentucky after four days at The Masters. We had an incredible time with all the people from IZOD and Maxim and, somehow, some way, lived to tell about it.

Here are a few things we learned during our first, and certainly not our last, trip to The Masters. We didn’t see a whole lot of live golf, but it was a hell of a time.


Don’t eat the egg salad sandwich.

I can’t stress this enough. It was like eating a stick of butter between two pieces of white bread. A lot of people will tell you the egg salad sandwich is a must-eat at The Masters, and those people are liars. I’d rather swallow the one dollar bill and two quarters it cost to buy the damn thing.

Stick to the pimento cheese.

IZOD and Maxim know how to throw a party.

They spared no expense on the Maxim Clubhouse and IZOD Social Hub right down the street from the golf course. The backyard of Augusta’s Executive Club was turned into a non-stop party for the week, equipped with a green carpet, couches, TVs, an open bar, more TVs, Maxim models, another TV, and two more couches.

Oh, look, another TV. That makes 27.

Is that Lynn Swann? That’s Lynn Swann. 

Jim Furyk’s crew invited me along to follow Furyk during play on Friday. That crew included his agents, wife, father, mother and Lynn Swann.

Why Lynn Swann, you ask?

I walked the course with him and the family and still have no earthly idea what the connection is.

Even more bizarre: Swann was working the tournament all week as a member of the club. He was out on the course, decked in the Augusta National uniform, casually walking around like a regular Joe. I even caught him telling someone to quiet down.

Rickie Fowler just wants to have fun.

A lot of the participants in The Masters spent their downtime batting off the nerves and easing the pressure that awaited on the golf course. Rickie Fowler? He was just a bro being a bro.

Fowler shot a 68 in Thursday’s opening round after visiting the Maxim Clubhouse Wednesday evening. He was the only non-IZOD golfer at the party, meaning he showed up because he wanted to, not because his contract required it.

Fowler did, however, stay away from the refreshments and he headed home a little earlier than most partygoers, but seeing his fun-loving attitude on the night before a 10:56 a.m. tee time in the opening round of The Masters made me a new fan.


That guy was in fourth place after the first day.

John Daly was in town, being John Daly.

John Daly hasn’t been in The Masters field since 2006, but the missing invitation didn’t keep him out of Augusta. Daly lived out of an RV in the Hooters parking lot all week, selling merchandise, autographs and posing with his fans. He said he worked 12-15 hours per day outside the RV to meet the demand.

It’s one of the most John Daly things John Daly could ever do.

Paulina Gretzky is hotter than hell.

Wayne’s baby girl was in town to follow her boyfriend, Dustin Johnson, as he did whatever it is he did on the golf course.

Google her and check out those Great Ones.

I would shoot a 132 in The Masters.

And that’s if I played the ball up and took a few mulligans.

The greens are insane, 100 times more difficult than they look on TV, and whoever picked the pin placements is truly an asshole.

Dr. J is cooler than the other side of a frozen a pillow.


Confession: I didn’t recognize Dr. J when he visited the IZOD Social Hub. We talked about rain, waterproof tents, and Instagram before I realized it was the Doc. I’m not proud of that, either.

Looking back on it, I guess the Philadelphia 76ers hat he was wearing should’ve given it away.

Spencer Levin is KSR’s new second favorite golfer.

Josh Teater will always be No. 1 in our golf-loving hearts, but Spencer Levin made a serious case to pass him on the KSR Favorite Golfer List.

Spencer is currently out with an injury so IZOD flew him in to simply hang out at the Maxim Clubhouse. I really wish I could tell you stories from the KSR-Levin adventures, but, as the saying goes, what happens in the IZOD Social Hub, stays in the IZOD Social Hub.


Spencer and his red pants were our audience for Wednesday morning’s radio show.

Google Glass is awesome, yet terrifying.

We shared a house with the project manager for Google’s new invention, Google Glass. If you haven’t heard of it, don’t worry, you will soon. I won’t attempt to explain it because I really don’t have words for the technology, but you can read about it here.

Of course, the first thing I did with the glasses was watch Kige Ramsey videos. I’m not sure if that’s what Google has in mind for the project, but that’s where I took it. And it was phenomenal.

KSR will forever be on #TeamIZOD.

Thanks for the memories. And the watch.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

26 Comments for KSR at The Masters: What We Learned

  1. Mike
    8:10 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Furyk’s from Pittsburgh and a huge Steelers fan and has the celebrity and money to have met and mingled with Swann.

  2. brain
    8:17 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Couches and Maxim girls would do it for me. John Daly’s a sad story.

  3. GoCats2
    8:18 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Might have just gotten fired for googling Paulina Gretzky.
    #2 not sure how you define sad but the guy is literally making money by hanging at hooters signing autographs.

  4. Golf fan
    8:25 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Enjoyed the Masters info but seeing Mitch McConnell on the intro page is rough to stomach.

  5. Rich
    8:28 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    One big tie, top and bottom. Agree with 3, making loot, hanging in an RV, drinking beer and chicken wings with Hooters girls, two majors. Come on 2, turn that frown upside down. He is truly “The Man”.

  6. Bubba Earl
    8:29 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    WOW! Those are some fine PYT’s

  7. BluewithEnvy
    8:31 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Drew – you just lived every man’s dream. Hope you appreciate what you just experienced.

  8. Old Lady
    8:32 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Until the Masters starts admitting women, they can go to hell.

  9. Roland
    8:36 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    At least with Paulina Gretzky you don’t have to worry about checking her id.

  10. Richard Cranium
    8:37 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Top picture: 5, 2, 3, 4, 1.

  11. jmfatz47
    8:42 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Those five are unrankable….. And that’s all I can say about that!

  12. brain
    9:00 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    #3&5 if it’s your dream to be a pathetic alcoholic when you’re 50 Daly’s your man. You obviously don’t know anything about all of the bridges he’s burned.

  13. Stack 'em
    9:09 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    #10 how about 5 stacked on 2 stacked on 3 stacked on 4 stacked on 1 all stacked on me? And is that chick in the pic closest to Dr. J trying to stick her tata’s in his ear?

  14. Wayne's Shame
    9:10 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    I would love to get called for high-sticking Paulina. Wow.

  15. BPsycho
    9:13 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    “Stick to the pimento cheese.”

    You traded a stick of butter on white bread for a cup of mayo on white bread. ******* disgusting lol

    I would literally pay people the buck fitty not to eat any of those sandwiches. All day.

  16. RealCatsFan
    9:17 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    #5 in the first pic (I think she is #2 in the bottom pic)is an absolute, freakin’ goddess. I would have her babies for her!

  17. Frew Drunklin
    9:26 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink


  18. Truth
    9:42 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    Drew…you post pics of those hot girls and most of your post is about male athletes. Seriously.

  19. Lakesidecatsfan
    9:44 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    The pic with dr j…..#1 kills all the others on this page! Oh my god!

  20. Some Guy in Kentucky
    10:02 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink


  21. fb>bb
    10:37 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    I have to have the name of #1 !!

  22. hahahaha
    10:52 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    how in the flying hell did you not recognize dr. j?

  23. WKYblue
    11:00 pm April 15, 2013 Permalink

    I think Dr.J still looks very PERKY for his age.

  24. UKintheUK
    8:31 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I got Lynn Swann’s autograph at the Ryder Cup over in Wales 2010. He was following Furyk there too. My uncle is a Steelers season ticket holder and says he sees him at the games pretty often. Best moment of that Ryder Cup? Michael Jordan walked right by and gave me a high five while following one of the groups and a Brit standing next to me asked “was that Shaq?”

  25. seenvic
    9:16 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    I had lunch Saturday in the Trophy Room and they sat us a table with Frank Broyles and his nephew. That was awesome. I’d still be sitting there listening to stories from Frank if he hadn’t gotten up to leave.

  26. Delk for 3
    9:59 am April 16, 2013 Permalink

    Awesome week man. What you got to do in following Furyk during a Masters round is awesome. Also, meeting Rickie Fowler, Spencer Levin, and probably Scott Piercy and Webb Simpson is a great opportunity. You are a talented dude Drew and you are great when it comes to making people laugh. I’d say Matt is going to have a hard time holding on to you now that you are showing your talent on the national stage.