Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 Masters Preview

Greetings everyone! You may be thinking, "you're really going to write a preview about a golf tournament?" and I would tell you that you aren't that crazy. At any rate, this will be the only golf preview post of the entire 2012 calendar year, and the Masters is the only tournament I follow with such severity. Let's go.
  • Tiger Woods is in the field. You know this already, but after coming off of a win in his last start (his first in multiples years), he's the Vegas favorite and the guy everyone is talking about. For the doubters, remember that he came in with no semblance of confidence OR his driver last year, and still finished 4th by gutting his way through every round and doing Tiger-like things. Now? His swing is back, he's "hot" coming off of a win, and there's no reason to think he won't contend. Will he win? I have no idea and it's not as simple as the "Tiger vs. the Field" discussion anymore, but if I had to pick a guy, he's it.
  • The other favorites - Rory McIlroy led through 3 rounds last year before posting that crazy 80 on Sunday, but he rebounded by winning a major later in the year and would've been the favorite if Tiger hadn't put it together 2 weeks ago. He's certainly one of the top players in the world. Phil Mickelson is always a threat, too. He's playing out of his mind right now, has 3 masters wins (04,06,10), and can't be ignored.
  • Sleeper Picks - Luke Donald is the #1 player in the world. Did you know that? Now you do. I know that's not a sleeper by definition but NO ONE is talking about him, and he's playing incredibly well. Anthony Kim is a total homer pick by me because he's not playing well in 2012, but he's played well in Augusta in the past, and if he catches fire and gets the gallery going, he could be there. And Bubba Watson is a guy I really like this week. His length is absurd, and it's not unheard of for a lefty to do well in Augusta (Mickelson, Weir).
  • TV Schedule - Thursday and Friday: 3:00-7:30 on ESPN, Saturday: 3:30-7:00 on CBS, and Sunday: 2:00-7:00 on CBS.

Even if you don't like golf, do yourself a favor and give the Masters a chance. The scenery is breathtaking (especially in HD), the best golfers on the planet are going, and it's supposed to be beautiful in Augusta this weekend. A tradition unlike any other. Cue the piano...

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