April 04, 2005

It's that time again...: It's the second week of April. It's nearly Seve's birthday. It can only be the Masters. Having covered myself in punditry glory last year ("If Mickelson wins, I'll eat my computer") I'm keeping my predictions firmly to myself this time - but who do you fancy to be getting helped into the green jacket on Sunday evening?

posted by JJ to golf at 09:21 AM - 15 comments

My top 5 picks: Els Mickelson Woods Olazabal Goosen Darkhorse: Weir Yah, not too daring, but I don't think you'll see a surprise winner this week.

posted by grum@work at 09:47 AM on April 04, 2005

I have a true dark horse, but I think he'll turn it up and finish in the top three: Rich Beem. Ok, now that you've stopped laughing ... Seriously, is this about the best week for pro golf?

posted by pgrote at 10:59 AM on April 04, 2005

Olazabal would fall into the 'surprise winner' category, surely, no? The bookies think so (66-1 here). Rich Beem is a brave call. Can't see it myself. It's a very good week for golf - but I still prefer the Open.

posted by JJ at 11:36 AM on April 04, 2005

Well Zach Johnson is playing well - he and Adam Scott are my darkhorses. If I was to pick one guy right now though it would have to be Goosen.

posted by WeedyMcSmokey at 12:38 PM on April 04, 2005

Ty Webb...he has been crushing everyone at Bushwood.

posted by stofer71 at 12:57 PM on April 04, 2005

Watch out for Olazabal!

posted by mayerkyl at 03:28 PM on April 04, 2005

I'll take a stab at repeating last year's triumph... By taking Els

posted by YukonGold at 03:29 PM on April 04, 2005

I think David Toms is due.

posted by usfbull at 03:38 PM on April 04, 2005

I'll take a stab at repeating last year's triumph... By taking Tiger. I think he's due.

posted by 86 at 04:31 PM on April 04, 2005

Is Ben Hogan playing this year?

posted by billsaysthis at 11:54 PM on April 04, 2005

I can think of a few things David Toms is due (a good kicking being one of them) but a Masters win isn't on that list. I hope Ben Hogan isn't playing this year. I think it's cool that once you've won the Masters you get to play in it forever, and I can even put up with them letting people like Tommy Aaron shoot 92 in the first round every year before retiring breathless, but it would be a step too far in my view to start letting people who had been dead for nearly 8 years back into the field. That's just wrong. And a little bit gross.

posted by JJ at 03:46 AM on April 05, 2005

Gosh - I wonder do Ladbrokes.com watch this site? Olazabal has come in to 33/1 Rich Beem is still 200/1 though.

posted by JJ at 03:56 AM on April 05, 2005

Olazabal is a previous winner, so that helps his odds. He also came THIS close to winning the tournament before the Masters, so that helps a bit too. I guess it's like baseball skills: once you show you can do something, the skill is yours and you could do it again at any time.

posted by grum@work at 11:15 AM on April 05, 2005

JJ, why are so hateful of the dead? They are people like anyone else. Except when they're soylent green.

posted by billsaysthis at 03:50 PM on April 05, 2005

It was fun watching Phil Mickleson present the Green Jacket to Tiger. This is just the start of something very special!!

posted by redskinsruss at 09:34 PM on April 13, 2005

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