Masters Week is Here
April 8, 2013
By Dan Daly
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First and foremost..."Hello Friends."
The azaleas are in full bloom, JD is set up in the Hooters' parking lot on Washington Ave., and the most beautiful 365 acres on the planet are on full display this week. There is not a blade of grass out place, or a single piece of trash to be found within 500 yards of Augusta National. And of course a simple reminder that with the help of their sponsors, Augusta National and CBS will continue to bring us 56 minutes of every hour of golf coverage.
The single greatest week of the year is upon us and two questions are waiting to be answered; how many Hooter's waitresses will JD have his picture taken with this week, and who will win the 2013 Masters?
Back in the early to mid-2000's the question at every major was really simple, "Who wins this week, Tiger or the field?" Then he ran into a fire hydrant (among other things) and that was no longer the case, not even close. In fact, for a while the question became, "Will Tiger ever win another tournament again?" That question has been answered with a resounding yes. So many times recently in fact that his odds this week are as low as they have been in five years to win a major. So…based on his odds this week, if we are not all the way back to Tiger vs. the field, we are pretty damn close. Thus begging the question, who wins the 2013 Masters; Tiger or the field?
Bubba Watson 30 to 1 - The guy has a green jacket, the General Lee, and a Hovercraft golf cart. No way he wins back to back Masters…no one is that lucky.
Luke Donald 30 to 1 - Might as well be 30,000 to 1. Will Donald win a major before it's all said and done? Yes. Will it be at Augusta? Zero percent chance, ever.
Jim Furyk 80 to 1 - Seriously, that's his real odds. Look, the people in the desert and I are clearly on the same page here. As long as they continue to count all 72 holes and not stop in the high 60's, Mr. Furyk is out.
Sergio Garcia 40 to 1 - Sergio claims the 'golf gods' hate him and since I'm pretty sure Bobby Jones is chairman of that committee I just don't see him ever winning at Augusta.
Rickie Fowler 40 to 1 - TURN YOUR EFFING HAT AROUND! There is a better chance of Billy Payne caddying for Rickie Fowler this week than allowing him to show up to a press conference at Augusta with his hat on backwards again.
Charl Schwartzel 25 to 1 - Four weeks ago I would have told you I think he has a decent chance, but too many people like him as a "dark horse" this week, which of course means he has no chance. I have nothing against him other than the fact that I just simply don't want him to win the Maters again. I need a hero or a villain, and he is just vanilla.
Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley and Matt Kuchar 30 to 1 - All great picks in a pool, should finish in or near the top 10 but I just don't think anyone will ever win at Augusta National with a belly/anchor putter. Bobby Jones simply won't allow it. I truly believe that.
Phil FIGJAM Mickelson 10 to 1- There are a few things in life that I hate but have to come to accept: MLB Season lasting 366 days a year, vegetarians, and the fact that Mickelson is going to be in contention more times than he's not at Augusta. The guy loves it there and quite frankly plays really well there. He has won it three times since Tiger last won at Augusta, and it would have been four last year if not for his tee shot on the 4th hole landing near Buckhead. And then of course he compounded the error by going…well, FIGJAM, and making a crowd pleasing triple only to lose out on a playoff by two shots.
Brandt Snedeker 18 to 1 - Eight weeks ago this was my guy. No questions asked. Sneds was winning the green jacket, hosting the Vanderbilt KA "Old South" party next year at Butler Cabin, and serving sweet tea and Prince's Hot Chicken at the Champions dinner. Then he hurt his rib and hasn't been the same since. I would love to see him come back to form this week but I just don't see it happening.
Rory McIlroy 12 to 1 - I know it was just the Valero Open but what Rory did this past weekend was huge for him. If not for Martin Laird going all Johnny Miller on him with his Sunday 63, Rory would have most likely won in San Antonio and reclaimed his number one ranking back from Tiger going into the Masters. I can tell you one thing, no one wants Rory to play well this week more than I do. Just the thought of him and Tiger going toe to toe over the weekend has me all warm and fuzzy inside. I just don't think he is ready to win a major yet this year. Like I said earlier this year, the PGA has his name all over it.
Which obviously leaves us with...
Tiger 3 to 1 - I know, I know. Me picking Tiger to win this week is about as shocking a revelation as Ricky Martin coming out of the closet, but I actually haven't thought he was going to win a major, or picked him to win a major since the fire hydrant. Look, he's 3 to 1 for a reason; the dude learned how to putt again. It's really as simple as that. He's 37 years old, he has won 14 majors in 60 career starts. When Jack Nicklaus teed off at the 1977 Masters, he was also 37 years old and had won 14 majors in 60 career starts. Come Sunday night Tiger will make it 15 majors in 61 starts and I actually don't even think this thing is within a field goal when it's all said and done.
Oh, and of course to answer the other, more important question from above. My money is on 69 Hooters waitresses for JD by the end of the week. Click here for the 'Twas the night before the Masters poem.
Happy Masters Week Everyone!