Let’s just step aside from the huge debate roaring around Augusta National over the golf course opening up it’s “all boys club” to women for a second. I want to actually take a look at the golf greats who will grace the course of this year’s Masters: Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods, and Rory McIlroy should make for one hell of a competitive tournament. Not to that mention Georgia was just hit with a massive storm a couple nights ago, changing the elements of the course drastically. Talk about an excitement builder! Rex Hoggard of the Golf Channel reports for the Huffington Post,
“The storm late Tuesday that felled trees and swamped bunkers across Augusta National was either prologue or postmortem for the week to come.
Pyrotechnics have become a Masters specialty with last year’s frantic final nine holes the undisputed category leader. The final two hours of last year’s tournament included an eclectic mix of eight different players who held at least a share of the lead, a monumental collapse, an historic finish and more pine-rattling roars than one should honestly expect, even at the year’s first major.
So the question remains, can the venerable layout produce another “instant classic,” as club chairman Billy Payne called the 2011 finale, or will Tuesday’s storm be the week’s most spectacular show?
Given recent history safe money is on Augusta National’s side.”
To read the rest of Hoggard’s article about this year’s Masters favorites Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, and Rory McIlroy, click here.
Talk to me, guys. Who is your pick for this year’s Masters? 4 time champ Tiger, who just pulled off winning his first Arnold Palmer tourny in the past 30 months? Phil “Lefty” Mickelson, who will play in his 20th Masters this year and has only finished outside the top 10 twice? Or Rory McIlroy who made history at last year’s Masters when he led by a 4-stroke lead only to blast the ball 50 yards off the green?