April 03, 2012

The second weekend in April: means only one thing to a golf fan - it's Masters time. Tiger Woods won two weeks ago at Bay Hill and is the 5/1 favourite. Mark O'Meara likes what he has seen of him in practice. Rory McIlroy threw it away last year, but is second favourite this time out. Faldo thinks Donald has got what it takes. Hunter Mahan cursed himself by wining last week. Big Phil's playing well, and even Harrington thinks he might have something to show. Martin Kaymer has yet to make the cut in four starts, but skipped one over the water into the hole at 16 in the practice round, so maybe this is his year! Let the jacket fight commence!

posted by JJ to golf at 09:02 AM - 10 comments

Hello friends.

posted by NoMich at 09:14 AM on April 03, 2012

Ok, I will bite first, Tiger and Rory in the final pair on Sunday

posted by Debo270 at 09:58 AM on April 03, 2012

Tiger doesn't make the cut.

posted by apoch at 10:24 AM on April 03, 2012

Tonight's the night -- the Champions Dinner. I think Schwartzel is putting on a South African grilled feast. I can not conceive of how satisfying and rewarding it must be to sit at that table.

I enjoy watching the trick shots come out during the practice rounds. I'll have to go look up the live feeds. I don't know how the greens can hold some of the pond skimmers that the guys fly up on them.

Weather outlook for the week is not pristine, and the flowering shrubs are going by already due to the unseasonably early winter and spring. So the spectacle won't look quite as verdant on television this year. They'll have to push the birds and bees field mikes up in the audio mix a bit to drive home the idyllic splendor.

posted by beaverboard at 11:05 AM on April 03, 2012

Tiger makes it to Sunday, but I see him fading back to fifth or sixth at the end.

posted by NoMich at 11:42 AM on April 03, 2012

The media is "praying" for the "resurrection" of Tiger Woods on Easter Sunday.

posted by grum@work at 12:32 PM on April 03, 2012

The media is "praying" for the "resurrection" of Tiger Woods on Easter Sunday

I want him to make the final group and then collapse like other have around him in the past.

posted by Debo270 at 12:49 PM on April 03, 2012

I've been watching some of ESPN's pre-Masters coverage, so imagine my surprise to find out that other golfers have entered the Masters this year! I thought that there were going to be two foursomes on the course this year. One is Woods-Woods-Woods-Mickelson, and the other is Woods-Woods-McIlroy-Woods.

They'll have to push the birds and bees field mikes up in the audio mix a bit to drive home the idyllic splendor.

I love watching golf, but for the past few years I haven't been able to listen to tournaments played in America. Just watch the rounds with some music on in the background. I just don't understand why, each and every time each and every player swings a club, even on the tee box of a par 5, some shitheel feels the need to scream "get in the hole!!" I almost miss the days of working graveyard shifts and watching the European Tour, where it seems like that guy wasn't invited.

Oh, yeah, and Johnny Miller is every bit as annoying as the "get in the hole" people.

posted by tahoemoj at 02:24 PM on April 03, 2012

The media is "praying" for the "resurrection" of Tiger Woods on Easter Sunday

I'll deny that cock three times before he goes.

South African grilled feast

Mmm, piri piri. And thus concludes my contribution to a golf thread. Carry on.

posted by yerfatma at 03:47 PM on April 03, 2012

The weather could play a big part this week. The last time I remember there being a really early spring (and therefore less colour in the shrubberies) was 1997. The course was soft and Tiger took it to bits. Someone might do so again this year, but I doubt it'll be him.

I fancy Mickelson strongly - softer greens allow him to hit the idiotically attacking shots he really wants to hit, so he'll have to spend less time chanting to himself "Don't be an idiot, don't be an idiot..." the whole way round.

I'm really looking forward to this one. I always do, but this one has had a great build up compared to recent years. That said, golf's the kind of game that could see all that build up blown out of the water and someone unheralded (like Webb Simpson) come storming through the field to win it.

posted by JJ at 08:27 AM on April 04, 2012

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