05 April 2011

2011 Masters Preview

It's the tradition unlike any other. There is just something special when the greatest golf players in the world descend upon Eastern Georgia and Augusta National Golf Club for The Masters. This is the ultimate goal for every golfer to don the legendary green jacket (what you really thought the FedEx Cup was important?) and capturing the first and most famous major of the year is an accomplishment only the greatest can hold claim to? Who will join the ranks of the few and win The Masters?
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Important Questions


1. Can Tiger Woods settle back into his groove and capture his fifth green jacket?
You cannot deny that Woods has been in a funk after his philandering ways were exposed after he crashed his automobile in early December 2009. He simply has not been the awesome golfer he was before. And even with a bandaged swing and lots of rust, Tiger still finished fifth at The Masters last year. While he is not the king of Augusta as he was only a few years ago, it is still one of his top courses on tour. Anyone who counts out Tiger this year is a fool. Can he win? Without question. Will he?

2. Can anyone stop Phil Mickelson?
Mickelson is the defending champion of The Masters and is the overwhelming favorite to repeat, especially after he lit up the field last week in Houston. His recent string of terrific play at Augusta has made him the current king of Augusta. There is always a chance he won't win but it will take a might challenge to do so with how well he is playing this year.

3. Will the top ranked player in the world, Martin Kaymer, actually do something worthwhile this weekend?
Interesting that Kaymer, who is the top ranked golfer in the world, has never made the cut at The Masters. He has been playing great golf of late and it would not be that much of a shock if he won his first green jacket but his past history at the course is a little troubling. But I would be stunned if he did not make the cut yet again.

4. Will Lee Westwood finaly break through with his first Major Championship victory?
Westwood has been one of the most consistent contenders of the PGA Tour for a while now and he looked very impressive in being runner-up in The Masters last year as he led going into the final day. He even had a cup of coffee as the top player in the world. But he has yet to win a Major Championship despite being tantalizingly close multiple times. He will be a serious contender but I think he will come up short again.

5. Who are the possible sleepers of this year's tournament?
It is very hard to identify the potential sleepers because it could really be anyone but in my opinion I have narrowed down two that I think could definitely win, Justin Rose and Anthony Kim. Rose has flirted with success at Augusta but has not broken through but as his game is slowly but surely coming together, he looks like a guy who could surprise. Kim finished third last year and set the Masters single round record with 11 birdies. He knows his way around this course and could pull off the stunner.

My pick
While it is hard to pick against Phil Mickelson at Augusta, I'm gonna go a little bit out of left field and pick Nick Watney. Watney finished 7th last year and has looked good thus far in 2011, including an impressive victory at Doral. I think he will be handed the green jacket on Sunday evening.

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