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Old 04-06-2010, 03:22 AM   #1
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Yep, it's that time of year again. The best golf tourny of the year, IMO.

Not many course changes but there are a few.


No. 15 green rebuilt

No. 2 green rebuilt and the front widened by 8 feet


Lots of story lines to come no doubt. Woods and his thing, Els playing very good again. Phil going for his 3rd jacket, Can Watson try and conjur up some more magic like he did last year at the British Open, and many more.

The 1st round pairings will be relased today, obviously not at 3AM in the morning as I write this, lol.

Can't wait to watch. Who ya pulling for?

I'm a Phil guy and I want him to win but I wouldn't be too hurt if David Duval played lights out and won, returning to the elite list of golfers.

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Is this the official thread? I don't want to get involved in anything unofficial.

I'll be watching.
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Masters week is one of my favorite weeks of the year. Not only is it my favorite golf tourney to watch, but I use to mark the official end of the long New England winter.

The Masters this year has some intriguing story lines. There's, of course, Tiger, who I really hope misses the cut. Not because I'm a huge anti-Tiger guy, but because even if he isn't in contention on Sunday they'll show every shot and talk about him constantly, and it will detract from the actual tournament that's taking place.

There are people who think he'll win it, but I don't see that happening. He's going to feel more uncomfortable in his own skin this week than at any point in his life, and it's tough t o compete in a Masters with that feeling. I'll put it this way; it would be his most miraculous feat thus far in his career, and he won the U.S. Open on one leg.

Phil is another story line, but I don't think he's going to be in the hunt. He's still emotionally drained from his wife's battle with breast cancer, and his game just isn't in shape.

Els looks solid, and he would be a guy I could root for. He's struggled the last few years, but looks on point heading into the week.

Freddie Couples is always the emotional favorite to me. He loves Augusta and generally plays well there. He's been tearing up the Senior tour, which might give him a little added confidence going into his first Masters in the 50+ bracket.

My bet would be for a first time winner, and I think there will be a number of guys in contention who the general public doesn't really know about.

Camilo Villegas, Ian Poulter, and Oliver Wilson are a few sleeper picks.
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Love Masters Week, not sure why ESPN doesn't start coverage until 3:00pm Central. They could start coverage at noon and everyone would be watching. I think you can still catch the pairings you want online, but that's not quite the same. I hope Tiger plays well, and is contention on Sunday it def makes for a much more exciting finish. I don't think he will play all that well, it is really tough to get the feel back even for the greatest player in the game. Should be fun to see what happens though.
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I'll be rooting for Camilo Villegas (although I hate the way announcers pronounce his name) and Anthony Kim. Hopefully someone gets his first green jacket.
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I'm going for Tiger, Ernie and Retief. Or anybody but Phil! I love this time of year!
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I'm going for Tiger, Ernie and Retief. Or anybody but Phil! I love this time of year!
Anyone but that punk *** Sergio
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Lying on the couch on a sunny afternoon hungover from a blinder on Saturday night watching the final Sunday is one of my favorite days of the year.
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I would love to see Sergio Garcia win it!
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The current world top 10.


Others to consider:

Defending champion Angel Cabrera was not a surprise winner last year, as he has some previous Augusta form. His form has been a bit ropey this year, but he missed the two cuts before Augusta last year. Former champions Mike Weir and Zach Johnson have both shown some form this season without winning.

The next 10 in the world ranking are:
Rory McIlroy - only one win as a pro, putting might be suspect
Camillo Villegas - only made one cut at Augusta, finishing 13th last year
Geoff Ogilvy - a winner in January and a former US Open champ, frequently features in majors only to run up an 8 somewhere. Bit of a dangerous habit at Augusta.
Hendrik Stenson - has the game but has not contended in a major
Retief Goosen - two time major winner, awesome putter and composure, in some form this year without quite winning, has had some high finishes at Augusta before.
Robert Allenby - Has played every Masters since 2000 without endangering the top 10
Sergio Garcia - Has two top 10s at Augusta but actually misses the cut much more often, has not featured in the last 5 years. No form this year either.
Kenny Perry - lost out in a play off last year, won in June but has had little form since.
Sean O'Hair - A man who hopefully will be Jim Furyk's foursomes partner in the Ryder Cup has little form this year, but had two top 15 finishes in his last 2 Masters.
Luke Donald - has been coming back into form this season without quite achieving a win. Has a 3rd and a couple of Top 10s at Augusta, as well as some poorer results.
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He doesn't putt well enough to win it.
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I love April. The Masters, the Draft, the Final Four, NBA playoffs... 2nd best month of the year!

I hope Tiger owns the haters this week.
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He doesn't putt well enough to win it.
I didn't say I thought he WOULD win it.
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Historic Moments

In 1935, Gene Sarazen was trailing badly on the back 9 on the last day, until he holed a 3 wood for an albatross 2 on the par 5 15th and then went on to win in a play-off. The story brought the tournament to prominence in the golfing world and it joined the Open Championship (started 1860) the US Open (1904) and the USPGA (1912 approx) as one of the Majors.

In 1939, the tournament was first called "The Masters", having previously been the Augusta Invitiational.

In 1961, Gary Player becomes the first non-US player to win the title. He almost defended his title the following year, losing in a play off. In 1978, he made 7 birdies in the last 10 holes for a 64 and a third title. Gary

In 1966, Jack Nicklaus succesfully defended his title, winning for the third time, and helped himself into the green jacket - the first time that happened, and the only time until Nick Faldo in 1990.

In 1968, Roberto de Vicenzo signed his scorecard with a 4 on 17, when in fact he made a birdie 3. The wrong score is used, and he misses out on a play-off by that one shot. "I am a stupid" he tells the press. Yes, Roberto, that would sum it up. He won the Open later that year.

In 1979, Fuzzy Zoeller becomes the first player to win on his debut (apart from in the original tournament), triumphing after a play-off.

In 1980, Seve Ballesteros won the title. He was the first European to do so, and the youngest ever at the time. His win led to a period of European domination, with Ballesteros (83) Faldo (89, 90, 96) Langer (85, 93) Lyle (87) Woosnam (91) and Olazabal (94 and 99).

Sandy Lyle's win in 87 was the first by a Brit and featured a spectacular birdie on 18, after putting his tee shot in a bunker. He hit a brilliant 7 iron to about 8 feet and holed it for the win.

In 1986, Jack Nicklaus won his record 6th title at the age of 46 (also making him the oldest winner, 23 years after his first win, another record) with a last round 65, and an eagle and 4 birdies on the back 9. Ballesteros and Greg Norman both blew chances to beat him, with Norman bogeying 18 from the middle of the fairway, and Seve dumping it in the water on 15 when in a 2 shot lead. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jle1G5l-qsU http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqisX1ESLT8&feature=relat ed Jack

In 1987, local boy Larry Mize chipped in from a no-hope position wide of the 11th green to beat Greg Norman in a sudden death play-off.

In 1996, Nick Faldo comes from 6 shots back with one round to go, to beat Greg Norman by 5. Faldo played a near perfect round, never leaving himself a downhill putt, but Norman endured an agonising collapse of nerve.

In 1997, Tiger Woods won his first major, winning the Masters with a record low total (270, 18 under par), by a record margin, and taking Seve's record as the youngest winner. All after being 4 over par after the first 9 holes. Start here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKFErwmgF4A&feature=relat ed (not great quality)

In 2000, Tiger won for the third time, to complete four consecutive majors, the "Tiger Slam" which had never been achieved before
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The par 3 12th.


The second shot into the par 5 13th showing the slope on the fairway. It is usually a long iron or a wood to hit the green, and the slope makes a perfect contact difficult. Rae's Creek in front of the green catches a lot of greedy golfers.


The green on 13 with the creek in front.
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Betting Odds from another website that compares odds.

Woods, T 4
Mickelson, P 12
Els, E 12
Harrington, P 18
Westwood, L 22
Goosen, R 20
Stricker, S 25
Casey, P 28
Furyk, J 33
Kim, A 40
Poulter, I 33
Villegas, C 40
Ogilvy, G 40
Kaymer, M 40
Mcilroy, R 40
Schwartzel, C 40
Johnson, Dustin 50
Mahan, H 60
O'Hair, S 60
Watney, N 50
Stenson, H 50
Cabrera, A 50
Choi, KJ 66
Garcia, S 60
Allenby, R 66
Fisher, R 66
Johnson, Z 66
Kuchar, M 66
Singh, V 66
Campbell, Chad 75
Cink, S 75
Weir, M 75
Scott, A 75
Clark, T 90
Couples, F 90
Donald, L 90
Karlsson, R 90
McDowell, G 90
Perry, K 90
Quiros, Alvaro 90
Glover, L 90
Moore, R 125
Oosthuizen, L 125
Molinari, F 150
Yang, Yong-Eun 150
Na, K 150
Leonard, J 125
Curtis, B 150
Hansen, S 150
Jimenez, MA 150
Molinari, E 150
Wilson, O 150
Haas, B 200
Immelman, T 150
Sabbatini, R 150
Gay, B 150
Marino, S 200
Toms, D 150
Senden, J 200
Kelly, Jerry 200
Crane, B 200
Flesch, S 200
Jaidee, T 200
Kjeldsen, S 200
Slocum, H 200
Wood, C 200
Ishikawa, R 200
Katayama, S 200
Verplank, S 200
Merrick, J 200
Hansen, A 200
Rollins, J 200
Duval, D 200
Dyson, S 200
Leishman, M 250
Palmer, R 250
Green, N 300
Barnes, R 250
Dufner, J 300
Langer, B 300
Ikeda, Y 300
Manassero, M 300
Hamilton, T 500
Watson, T 500
O'Meara, M 500
An, BH 1000
Martin, B 1000
Smith, N 1500
Benjamin, B 1000
Han, C 1500
Lyle, S 1500
Campbell, M 1000
Woosnam, I 1500
Crenshaw, B 2000
Mize, L 2000
Stadler, C 2500
Floyd, R 2500
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Interviews that will be shown live on www.masters.com today include:

8am MST Padraig Harrington
9am Stewart Cink
10am Angel Cabrera
12pm David Duval
1230 Phil Mickelson
130 Steve Stricker
2pm Geoff Ogilvy
3pm Jack Nicklaus
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As well as Freddie is playing, I wouldn't rule him out..... he won his first three starts on the seniors tour and he's putting lights out.
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http://www.espn.co.uk/golf/sport/story/16128.html

Tiger Woods will have KJ Choi and Matt Kuchar standing by his side when he makes his official return to the PGA Tour at the Masters on Thursday.

Kaymer/Ogilvy/Donald
Cambell/Molinari/Casey
Els/Kim/Ishikawa
Villegas/Perry/McIlroy
Schwartzel/Padraig/Cink
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As well as Freddie is playing, I wouldn't rule him out..... he won his first three starts on the seniors tour and he's putting lights out.
I agree, he is playing much better than two years ago when he was in final group and his putting left him when the pressure was on. He is striking it as well as anyone and his ball striking is as good as anyone on tour. Now if his putting is there I expect a good showing for Couples.
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I agree, he is playing much better than two years ago when he was in final group and his putting left him when the pressure was on. He is striking it as well as anyone and his ball striking is as good as anyone on tour. Now if his putting is there I expect a good showing for Couples.
He had a bad back whne he made his run several years back. I'll root for him if he gets on going. Personally I don't care who wins, I just enjoy the whole thing.
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Gotta root for the Irishman!
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Also Im becoming a big Lucas Glover fan, hope he does well and wins the green jacket!
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Padrig?

That would be awesome as well.
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That would be awesome as well.
oh yeah, Padraig Harrington is my guy...usually unravels though on sunday.
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