Hello everyone. Well that will officially go down as one of the greatest Masters Championships ever. We witnessed one of the greatest finishes off all time and were even treated to some extra holes. Adam Scott holed a 25 foot putt on the 18th Hole to take a one shot lead and celebrated like a super hero in the pouring rain.
Angel Cabrera watched in the fairway as all this transpired, but decided he was going to do something about it. Cabrera calmly knocked a shot to 3 feet and went on to force a playoff. The two players tied the first playoff hole and both hit it to less than 20 feet on the second hole. Only one of the two would make the putt though, and it was our selection Adam Scott!!
This was our 4th correct Masters selection in the past 5, and I am very excited about the rest of the season.
We move onto to Hilton Head, South Carolina for a terrific event. Harbour Town Golf Links is one of my favorite courses through the PGA Tour season. It is a ball striker’s course and this is evident with Brian Gay, Luke Donald and Jim Furyk having success here in the last few seasons. Carl Pettersson is the defending champion here after winning by a very impressive five strokes. Look for this year to return to a bunched up leaderboard as the course tends to create excitement on Sunday afternoon.
Harbour Town is a Par 71 that should measure on average around 7100 yards this week ( I say on average because the organizers tend to move the tee blocks around). Look for players who are straight off the tee and excellent around the greens to be near the top of the leaderboard. The designer Pete Dye tends to challenge players by utilizing undulating greens and carefully placed hazards.
When you do watch this weekend please take note of how difficult a challenge the players are facing and how well the winner will have to play to raise the trophy. Watch the 17th (a 185 yard Par 3 with water everywhere) and then the 18th, (a 452 yard Par 4 with the historic Lighthouse in the background) and you will be thankful the finishing two holes at your home course are much easier.
It may surprise many people but though this week is the one following a major an extremely strong field has gathered. Patrons and golf fans will be treated by the opportunity to watch players such as Luke Donald, Jason Day, Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Matt Kuchar, and Graeme McDowell. This tournament has seen a common trend of players playing well at this course multiple times ( Davis Love won 5 times, Boo Weekley twice, Stewart Cink twice, and the late Payne Stewart twice).
A champion this week will have to putt the ball very well and mange the course properly. I feel that course knowledge will play a huge part this week and it may be most prominent on the greens. When you look at the past 3 champions, Carl Pettersson (2012), Brandt Snedeker (2011), and Jim Furyk (2010), they all putted the ball fantastically for the victory. We have five selections below that I can see rolling in the ball on the 72nd hole this week for the plaid jacket and the 2013 title.
STEVE’S SIX PACK SYSTEM PICKS
Here are this week’s six-pack of golfers I like to win the tournament outright. **Odds are based on 5dimes.eu**. I will be (and recommend) placing 1% of my golf bankroll on each golfer to win the tournament outright.
This week we look to make it back to back victories. We actually only have a five pack this week as we will be putting in a 2unit outright winner selection. The last time I released a 2unit outright selection was our last event of the 2012 season when Graeme McDowell won at the World Golf Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual.
***The 2unit play and the other six pack system picks are for members only, but I’m giving you a free pick below. I recommend signing up and playing every pick we release by visiting www.GolfBanker.com***
JASON DUFNER 33 TO 1 – We take the Duff Man as our second selection. I can feel that Dufner is rounding into form after a relatively slow start by his standards. He has yet to finish in the Top 10 this season and has been plagued by one bad round each tournament it seems. His iron play and putting seem to be getting back to what we have come to expect from Jason based on the past few years. He also should have some good feelings returning to the RBC Heritage, an event that he has finished inside the Top 25 on both occasions. Last season Jason fired second and third rounds of 66 and 67. Jason is not long off the tee but that is not crucial at all this week at Harbour Town. He is however a person who will hit plenty of fairways and greens. This season Jason is hitting over 67% of his fairways and 68.84% of his Greens in Regulation. Look for Dufner to improve his play this week and get hot yet again during late April and early May.
Enjoy the golf everyone