Over a quarter of the PGA Tour season has passed and we near the year’s first major and my favorite, The Masters. Every Spring as the pollen falls off the pines, we yearn for lush green grass and Jim Nantz’s voice to welcome us to golf’s Mecca. The flowering azaleas, pimento cheese sandwiches, and huge galleries of patrons prepare us for another historical year in Augusta. For those that have been to The Masters, know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t been then you are missing out on the greatest sporting experience…EVER.
With two weeks to go, a few players are making moves to be favorites headed into the first major of the year. Henrik Stenson is coming off of a great month of golf where he finished second at Bay Hill. His game suits Augusta National very well as long as he can make putts from inside of 5 ft. Rory McIlroy is beginning to show his no. 1 form over the last few weeks. We all know of his past blunders at The Masters but I believe he has gotten over that mental hurdle and can contend for the career Grand Slam. My last pick is an Aussie not named Adam Scott. Jason Day is that Aussie and he has a great record at The Masters with a T-2 and third place finish. He already has a win this year and continues good form coming into Augusta. As far as contenders on Sunday, I think Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed will be there coming down the back nine. The thing all of these golfers have in common is they work the ball primarily from right to left, which is ideal at Augusta National. From here it is just whoever can score better around the greens.
And now for the question everyone is asking, Will Tiger play The Masters?! Honestly, I hope he does but not because I am a Tiger fan. Tiger brings fans, sponsors, and most importantly money to the game of golf. When Tiger plays an event, the ratings skyrockets which only promotes the game. I just hope Tiger can get his game close to competitive so he begins playing again. My guess is that he is working tirelessly to get his game in shape for Augusta and it wouldn’t surprise me to see him play in two weeks in Augusta. Whether he actually plays well is a different question. His game has been so bad lately that he might as well just hit the ceremonial first tee shot with the other retired legends.
All in all it is going to be a great spring week in Augusta and I can’t wait to see what drama unfolds on the back nine on Sunday!
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