April 06, 2004

What's for dinner tonight? Defending Master's Champion Mike Weir has chosen the menu. The biggest golf tourney of them all starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Predictions? Oh...can't forget Martha!

posted by vito90 to golf at 08:51 AM - 36 comments

I'll take the field over Tiger. I'd go as far as to say El Tigre won't win a major this year, again. I'll take Kenny Perry.

posted by corpse at 09:14 AM on April 06, 2004

From the menu: and British Columbia mushrooms Duuuuuuuuude.

posted by Ufez Jones at 09:27 AM on April 06, 2004

I'll take Mickelson to finally get it done.

posted by YukonGold at 09:29 AM on April 06, 2004

I like Phil as well. He's been on the boards early this year and I like his chances.

posted by 86 at 10:07 AM on April 06, 2004

I'll take Padraig...even if he hasn't won the world series of poker.

posted by garfield at 10:16 AM on April 06, 2004

Is Jesper Parnevik playing? If so, he's my man. If not, hmm, I'll go out on a limb and say DLIII.

posted by Ufez Jones at 10:20 AM on April 06, 2004

I'll take Padraig...even if he hasn't won the world series of poker. I get it!

posted by grum@work at 11:08 AM on April 06, 2004

I know to never bet against a slump, but geez, Mickelson looks pretty good to me too.

posted by chicobangs at 11:09 AM on April 06, 2004

You people voting for Phil are all crazy. Based on what? Because he's been playing well? He always plays well. Over the last decade he has been the most dominant player to never win the big one. But this is the big one. What in the world makes you think this will be any different? I'm willing to place some small non-alcohol (for ease of shipping) wagers on Tiger or the field vs. Phil.

posted by vito90 at 11:28 AM on April 06, 2004

I picked Phil, but I would take those same bets Vito. That is to say, I have no confidence in my prediction and odds are it will prove wrong.

posted by 86 at 11:48 AM on April 06, 2004

Phil is the sympathetic favorite, kind of like Corey Pavin was when he was donned the title "Best player never to win a major." Well, he ended up winning one. As for the menu, I've had caribou. Pass me the mashed potatoes instead, please.

posted by sixpacker at 01:41 PM on April 06, 2004

I'd serve fried chicken and collard greens, just to mess with Fuzzy.

posted by molafson at 07:41 PM on April 06, 2004

molafson - I tried and tried to come up with a graceful way of mentioning Fuzzy in the post, but ultimately abandoned it. Thanks for bringing him up. I have come up with a baseball analogy. Phil would be the sabermetrician's choice to win because statistically he puts himself in a position to win frequently. But he has no heart, and he has no guts. He is a choker, plain and simple. He will not perform under the ultimate pressure. If he wins, you won't hear from me for awhile, because I'll eat my home pc, work pc, and laptop, and wash it down with the same alcohol I've been drinking tonight.

posted by vito90 at 09:19 PM on April 06, 2004

I'll eat every PC in my office if Mickleson wins... hell, I'll eat the office itself! He has no chance. Betting on golf is even more of a mug's game than betting on anything else, but that's not going to stop me dropping in at the bookies' at lunchtime to throw a few pounds away. My dad is there (at Augusta, not the bookies'), and last night reported back to the effect that both Clarke and Harrington are looking very good - but then, my dad is the treasurer of the Irish golf union, so perhaps not the man to ask for an impartial observation on that front. That said, I find odds of 33-1 on Clarke quite generous. I also like the look of a couple of older players: 100-1 odds on Jose Maria to roll back the years - that's got to be worth a fiver each way of anyone's money - he had a good first round last week, proving... well, nothing, but suggesting that he might be able to string something together; and O'Meara, at the same price, with a win under his belt this year already, might be worth a flutter. I would back Harrington to finish in the top four, but not with my wallet (I'd need more tempting odds than 20-1). One name that jumped out at me on an initial inspection of the field was corpse's suggestion - Kenny Perry. I have a really irrational and totally unfounded dislike for the guy (Kenny Perry, not corpse), but, at 40-1, he might be worth a sneaky fiver too. My final choices are not yet made. I'll report back this afternoon with my betting slip in hand!

posted by JJ at 02:47 AM on April 07, 2004

ufez: From the menu: and British Columbia mushrooms Duuuuuuuuude. Kind. Is Ross Rebagliati going to be there? OK, Masters picks: Padraig Harrington, David Toms (sleeper; recovered fully?), Tiger Woods (T-5 at least), Chris DiMarco, Stuart Appleby. I'm going with guys hit do well in ball-striking. Straight drives will roll a long way in firm, fast conditions, and accurate irons will set up more makeable putts (and 2-putts). Experience at Augusta counts, and these guys have at least a few years each. Whoever puts the ball in the right places and pours it in will win.

posted by msacheson at 02:56 AM on April 07, 2004

I'm picking Ernie Els at 11 to 1.

posted by rcade at 06:28 AM on April 07, 2004

I think the makeup on Tiger will have an amazingly positive effect on his stroke.

posted by billsaysthis at 12:48 PM on April 07, 2004

Not to be a knob, but I checked out rcade's link ... is it legal to use those services from U.S. soil?

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:05 PM on April 07, 2004

(how would checking out the link and asking that question enter the realm of knobdom? just wondering.) I'll go with Clarke. (and hey, Yahoo offers a Golf fantasy pool. about two months too late for the start but if there is such interest in golf around here it might be something to think about for next year or rush into it for this year.)

posted by gspm at 01:19 PM on April 07, 2004

I want to know what kind of culinary boob wants to eat sushi and sashimi as appetizers followed by steak and chicken fajitas? Mr. O'Meara, please don't start your own restaurant!

posted by dusted at 01:53 PM on April 07, 2004

In the end I've put my money on Harrington (despite my protestations that his odds weren't long enough at 20-1, and the fact that he'd come in to 16's by the time I put the bet on, and that he has now gone and won the par three tournament, thus rendering himself jinxed), and Kenny Perry, who had drifted out to 50-1 by the time I put my bets on. Hope you all enjoy the tournament - it's Easter, so I won't be back on this acursed machine until Tuesday. Good luck to those who've gambled. Shame on those who haven't.

posted by JJ at 01:39 AM on April 08, 2004

Parting thought: If you won the Masters, what would be on the menu for your champion's dinner? I'd go with Heinz Tomato Soup to begin, followed by shoulder of lamb and rounded off with a vanilla creme brulee. And port. And a cigar. And then I'd get pissed and ask Jack for his autograph. And maybe punch a waiter.

posted by JJ at 01:43 AM on April 08, 2004

I'd go for downhome barbecue. Pulled pork, ribs, smoked meats, cornbread, potato salad, lemon cake, hot links, beer. But I've only broken 100 once, so I don't like my chances. Let's get it on!

posted by vito90 at 06:52 AM on April 08, 2004

Scrapple and eggs.

posted by corpse at 07:08 AM on April 08, 2004

What's scrapple? (Vito - it's maybe just as well your chances aren't good - I don't know that many of the guts at the champions' dinner would profit from that menu)

posted by JJ at 07:35 AM on April 08, 2004

oooo - I found out on my own. Look!

posted by JJ at 07:38 AM on April 08, 2004

and not just any old scrapple, it has to be Rapa Scrapple

posted by corpse at 08:22 AM on April 08, 2004

Never trust a website where they show you a picture of the label rather than the product.

posted by JJ at 08:36 AM on April 08, 2004

I didn't know scrapple was marketed. It was always my impression that it was the remnants scraped off the grill from the days cooking. So you're getting anything from eggs, hash browns, bacon, etc.

posted by usfbull at 08:57 AM on April 08, 2004

rolled personal 'party favors'. perogies and poutine. and bacon. piles of bacon. a shot or two of moonshine. and lemon merangue pie.

posted by garfield at 11:44 AM on April 08, 2004

Pulled pork Man, that just never sounds right. My menu would be a big bag of Funions, then fried bologna and cheese sandwiches with a kosher dill and a cold mug o' Bud Light. For dessert? Fried Mars bars, baby.

posted by wfrazerjr at 01:52 PM on April 08, 2004

wfrazerjr, that just might be the most unhealthy meal possible.

posted by dusted at 02:17 PM on April 08, 2004

*spoiler alert* Tiger's at +4 through 10 holes.

posted by Ufez Jones at 04:50 PM on April 08, 2004

wfrazerjr, I'd completely forgotten about the links in that thread. And now I remember why.

posted by lilnemo at 05:12 PM on April 08, 2004

lilnemo, I of course had to go revisit the Harding fantasy site. Not surprisingly, the level of the spelling and the grammar is too low to be believed. Creepy.

posted by wfrazerjr at 09:07 AM on April 09, 2004

Mmm, pulled pork at Armadillo Willy's!

posted by billsaysthis at 02:59 PM on April 09, 2004

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