I can’t have nice things. I bought a nice minivan once. My son spilled grape Gatorade in it on the way home from the dealership. It’s not so nice anymore. I’ve had plenty of nice gear in my day—hyper-light tents and state of the art bikes and backpacks, and I’ve systematically ruined it all through sheer abuse and neglect. So no, I can’t have nice things. And logic would dictate that I also can’t go to nice places. Put me in a four-star hotel and I feel awkward, like I’m 13 and going through a massive growth spurt again. I tug at my shirt sleeves and accidentally knock over lamps. I’m better off camping in the backyard of nice places. In a tent that I’ve already ruined.BlackBerry Farm is a nice place I can’t go. This is an expansive 4,200-acre “farm” with a lake and cottages and restaurant, all known for its hospitality and farm to fork food program. The nightly rate is roughly the cost of my minivan, and even if I could afford it, I’d probably just end up throwing up on the 900 thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets. That’s just how I do.So, Blackberry Farm is out of my reach. But they also have a brewery that makes some really nice beer. And while I can’t have nice things or go to nice places, I can drink nice beer. That’s a luxury that even I can’t ruin.BlackBerry Farm started making saisons a few years ago. They come in those fancy big format bottles that make you think you should save them for a special occasion. And you should, because they’re so delicate and nuanced that you need to sit down and pay attention and contemplate them. Maybe while reading Kafka or something. But they also released a few beers in cans this summer that are far more approachable, including this IPA, which is anything but delicate. Coyote Tactics is a brash IPA in the West Coast mold, full of pine and hop resin and just enough sweetness hanging out in the background to keep it all in check. It finishes dry and will knock you on your ass at 7.3% ABV.I stumbled across it while in the middle of Tennessee a couple of weeks ago and drank an entire six pack without even realizing it. And not once did I feel awkward or out of place or knock over any lamps or throw up on expensive furniture. So maybe I can have nice things. As long as those things are beer. And I’m out in a field somewhere away from the nearest lamp.
Francesco Molinari has been here before.After shooting a 6-under 66 to move to 13 under for the tournament on Saturday, Molinari finds himself in the final group with Tiger Woods once again, a situation he was in at the Open Championship at Carnoustie in 2018. “So need to stay aggressive and hopefully we can play tomorrow and show some good golf again.”The lead extends to two strokes for @F_Molinari following a fourth birdie in a row. He has three holes left to play today at #themasters pic.twitter.com/ux7bmEzahH— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 13, 2019Molinari was paired with Woods at the Open Championship last season in the final round. He had a one-shot lead that day and eventually extended it to three to end the day.Woods would grab the lead on the back nine, but Molinari finished strong to take home the Claret Jug.Three birdies in a row gives @F_Molinari a one-stroke lead going to the par 5 No. 15. pic.twitter.com/jULkWfVXnt— Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 13, 2019Molinari will also be playing alongside Tony Finau who was the clubhouse leader at one point at 11 under after shooting a superb 8-under 64.Finau was one of three golfers who shot 64s on Saturday as Patrick Cantlay and Webb Simpson each posted the number as well. The final round will be played with threesomes on Sunday as Augusta National has elected to move up the tee times to avoid hazardous weather in the afternoon.”I think today we did very well strategy-wise, hit the ball maybe a little less well than yesterday but holed some very good putts, especially four and five to save par,” he said.”So obviously I can only be happy about today and it’s going to be an exciting day tomorrow.” “Obviously he’s playing great and there’s a lot of guys playing great so I wish I had only to worry about him but there’s a few more I think are going to come out tomorrow and try to shoot a low one,” Molinari told ESPN after his round.”We’ll see obviously what the weather does, that’s obviously going to be a big part of tomorrow (Sunday), the course was very gettable, so if it stays the same I think someone could go out tomorrow and shoot 7, 8, 9 under, and jump up the leaderboard. Related News Masters 2019: Magnificent Francesco Molinari leads Tiger Woods, Tony Finau by 2