So, who is going to win the Masters this year? I was listening to Charlie Rymer on the Golf Channel on Tuesday morning and he nailed it; there are a slew of top players playing very well right now. Tiger, Rory, Phil, Westwood, to name a few. We could be in for a hell of a back nine on Sunday. I may have to save a Saint Bernardus for the occasion :-).
Who is your pick to win? No offense to the others, but I find myself rooting for Mickelson when he’s playing. Maybe it’s because he’s got that swashbuckler mentality. Who can forget that incredible shot he played from the trees on thirteen on Sunday two years? It was just too bad he didn’t make the eagle putt.
Tiger is rounding into form, but the problem he’ll have now is he’s lost his mystique. There was a time when others would see his name climbing the leaderboard and simply wilt. Their mouths would get dry and they’d grip their clubs a little more tightly. No more. Do you think Rory fears Tiger? Doubtful. Rory’s emerged since the time that Tiger was so dominant. If Tiger is in the hunt come Sunday, it seems much less likely that others will fade down the stretch just because of his presence.
McIlroy is looking very strong, three starts on the PGA tour and he’s finished first, second, and third! Wow. I love watching that kid swing. The way he comes ripping through that ball, it’s just amazing. He’s a tempting pick, especially after he bounced back from last year’s final round Masters meltdown to win the U.S. Open. He’s got the heart of a lion.
Luke Donald, the world’s number one ranked golfer, has won in America this year also. But his performance at the Masters over the years has been inconsistent. The same with Lee Westwood, although Westwood has been better of late, finishing second two years ago and tied for eleventh in 2011. I have hard time picking either of them to win.
So, my money is on Phil to grab his fourth green jacket. He’s playing very well right now and he’s won once already this year. Plus, he’s rank second in putting for 2012. And where is putting touch more important than Augusta?
What do you think?