Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Hunt for the Green Jacket begins Thursday at 8am

The 2006 edition of the Masters will be the 70th year of the famed tournament. It’s the first Major tournament of the year for the PGA. The Augusta National is arguably one of the most famous golf courses in the world, ranking right with St. Andrews.

This course is well known for creating last memories and unbelievable shots. I remember Tiger’s chip shot last year as the Nike swoosh was seen right before it disappeared into the cup on 16. There was Phil’s put to win his first Major two years ago. One of more infamous moments of the Masters was the lead that Greg Norman wasted on the final day. He had like a 6 shot lead going into Sunday only to make one of the biggest chokes in all of sports and lost by 5 strokes to Nick Faldo.

The chase for the famed Green Jacket starts at 8am sharp as the group of Rod Pampling, Lucas Glover and Olin Browne tee up. The more notable tee times are at 10:23 Tiger, 12:24 Daly and 1:30 Mickelson. These are the three that are the buzz around this tournament for different reason.

Tiger is of course the favorite in this tournament ever year and rightfully so having doned the Jacket 4 times. He has a lot to play for this weekend as he will be playing for his dad who is very ill. There is no doubting the bond that he has with his father. Daly has some thinking this course is suited to his strength of distance. The course has been what some term “Tiger Proofed” in that the course has been lengthened. And of course Daly hits bombs like Barry only his are natural. Phil is my favorite coming in to this tournament. He won here two years ago and he just blistered the field last week at the Bellsouth Classic having posted a 28 under which was 13 shots better than second place Jose Maria Olazabal who had a score of –15. Only twice has someone won at Augusta after winning the weeks previous tournament. Stay tuned to see who’s going to create those lasting memories that are usually associated with this tournament.


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