Amen Corner

Posted: April 5, 2011 by Football Buddah in Sports
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This weekend, the 75th annual Masters Tournament will once again be played at Augusta National Golf Course, where the best golfers in the world will converge in a quest for that coveted Green Jacket.

Phil Mickleson enters this Masters Tournament as the defending champion, and the odds on favorite to win it all again going off at 6/1 odds.    Somewhat more surprisingly though, is that Tiger Woods is the next favorite at 8/1.  I guess it’s difficult to ever count Tiger out when he’s got a golf club in his hand, but he hasn’t won a tournament since September 2009, and just hasn’t looked like the same dominating Tiger that we have come to know since even before turning pro.

Phil defends his wardrobe

Phil defends his wardrobe

I’ve always been a big fan of Mickleson, and ever since he won his first Green Jacket in 2004, he’s been on fire, most importantly on the bigger stage.  He’s won the Masters 3 times (2004, 2006 and 2010), and his recent win last weekend at the Shell Houston Open vaulted him to #3 in the world, (ahead of Tiger for the first time since 1997).  A win at the Masters could push him even closer to that #1 spot, someplace he’s yet to see in his career.  That’s got to add some pep in Lefty’s step; he tee’s off at 1:48pm with Geoff Ogilvy in the 2nd to last grouping in the opening round.

Does this Tiger still roar?

Does this Tiger still roar?

Tiger, on the other hand, has yet to prove that he is even close to the same Tiger that he once was.  From his infamous “car accident” over the 2009 Thanksgiving weekend, to his hiatus from golf, he has had his struggles on the course, and hasn’t really had his roar.  He’s only had 9 top 10 finishes out of his last 24 appearances since his return to golf, which puts him the class of mere mortals.   These stats are not very Tiger-like, considering just 4 years ago, he had 16 top 10 finishes out of 20 tries.   Still, he’s always a threat, and especially on the Masters stage, where coincidentally, he’s finished in the top 10 there, each of the past 6 years, with his worst finish being tied for 6th during that span.   He’s paired up with Graeme McDowell, and they are set to tee off at 10:41am.

Some other names to keep an eye on are Lee Westwood (14/1), Dustin Johnson (20/1), Hunter Mahan (25/1) and Steve Stricker (33/1).   All of whom are playing very well leading up to this weekend, and can put some pressure on guys like Tiger and Phil.   For me though, nothing would be finer than to see those two, in the final pairing on Sunday, walking down the 18th fairway, neck and neck.

Going for the 'green'

Going for the 'green'


~ Football Buddah

  1. Sean Haverty says:

    Im not a huge Tiger fan and I’m not a sausage tits Mickelson fan either. But it is exciting when either or both are in the hunt. I like Matt Kuchar this week.

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