April 05, 2006

The US Masters: is upon us again. This is the 70th time the tournament has been held. It's the 10th anniversary of Norman's final round collapse, and the 20th anniversary of Nicklaus's incredible win at the age of 46. The field is invited (not open) and traditionally includes the US and British Amateur champions. Augusta is all about tradition, but all the talk prior to this year's tournament has been about the changes to the course - even Tiger has spoken out against them - but this time tomorrow, the talking will stop and we'll see who looks like becoming the next owner of a green jacket.

posted by JJ to golf at 08:22 AM - 13 comments

If the course is dry and fast (as forecast) I predict a strong showing from the European contingent, JJ. Such conditions will negate the length advantage somewhat and make shots around the greens much more difficult. The pros are whining about the changes so they must be fairly severe. Regardless, I expect another great tournament, no other major has had such consistently close finishes or greater storys over the last 20 years.

posted by mjkredliner at 09:52 AM on April 05, 2006

I'm not going to get suckered into calling a winner again, but for anyone who fancies a flutter, the odds are here. 70-1 would be a good price on David Howell if you can still get it, and I'm sure KJ Choi (at 100-1) is going to make a breakthrough someday. But like I said, I'm not predicting anything, right?

posted by JJ at 10:27 AM on April 05, 2006

Mickelson will be in it until the end and fade in the last round (9 holes)

posted by nowandthen at 11:17 AM on April 05, 2006

After last weeks Bell South Mickelson is all set to win his second Green Jacket.

posted by Pitthokie at 12:51 PM on April 05, 2006

Puxatawney Phil will choke again. Is it me or does his fat ass just get winded while walking 36holes??

posted by Big Dookie at 01:39 PM on April 05, 2006

2006 is the year of Retief Goosen. Bank on it.

posted by NoMich at 01:47 PM on April 05, 2006

For my golf pool on PGA.com, I've chosen the following players (based on assigned dollar values, a budget of $1,000,000 and the requirement to choose exactly 5 players): Woods, Tiger $300,000 Appleby, Stuart $202,500 Mickelson, Phil $290,250 Purdy, Ted $101,750 Mayfair, Billy $105,000 Team Salary $999,500 I'm a little worried about Tiger's father and how that will affect his play, but he could easily decide to "dedicate" the win to him and slaughter the field by 12 strokes again. Mickelson has broken through the "choke" label now, and looked solid in the last tourney. Appleby is my longshot to win as he has had some good round in previous tournaments and could sneak in this time. Purdy and Mayfair are strictly filling out my lineup and I hope to get some points for them finishing in the upper half of the field.

posted by grum@work at 03:18 PM on April 05, 2006

Watch for a strong showing from the Australian contingent of a dozen players

posted by jcfsyd@sbcglobal.net at 03:30 PM on April 05, 2006

JJ- Excellent post. It is time to see who will win the coveted green jacket (not the shiny one in your post). I am glad to see the weather is predicted to be good. This actually helps out those who like Phil Mickelson, he won't have to do more than 18 in a day. If I were forced to pick a winner I would go with Tiger. He has been playing well and has a little extra motivation. Appleby is a good dark horse. He has the length and I think he is due for a major. Now we will be able to see the changes and how they affect the outcome of the tournament.

posted by chuck'n'duck at 04:29 PM on April 05, 2006

Is it me or does his fat ass just get winded while walking 36holes?? lmao--Ain't it the truth? He's not exactly the poster boy for the workout room, is he? And I wouldn't bet a nickel on him this week--he shot his wad for the next 6 months at BellSouth.

posted by philly54 at 07:36 PM on April 05, 2006

As an 'older' golfer---I go with Palmer and the rest who would have liked to see some shot making changes instead of just longer--a guy who ONLY hits it 300 yds now is going to go right into the middle of the bunkers--just has to be a better way

posted by jim222 at 07:38 PM on April 05, 2006

Shit. Gotta pull for Tiger. I'll have a hard time watching the last 36 holes if he's not on the leader board.

posted by vito90 at 01:41 AM on April 06, 2006

I am going for the guy who has the lowest score after 72 holes. Anything more specific than that is nothing more than a crap shoot.

posted by panteeze at 03:58 AM on April 06, 2006

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