Welcome to Masters week everyone! This week we have the first major of the year and arguably the most prestigious. 98 of the worlds best will be hoping Phil Mickelson puts a green jacket on them to cap off a spectacular week. Phil on the other hand, will be hoping to retain the green jacket and capture his 4th Masters title.
The first ever Masters champion was Horton Smith in 1934. Since that inaugural win, the mystique and excitement surrounding the Masters has grown with each year. Champions like Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player have all won the green jacket multiple times. Recently we have seen two men dominate the Masters, Tiger and Phil. 6 out of the last 10 years either Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson have taken the title at this weekend’s tournament. Will they do it again or will another player achieve his first major championship with a Masters victory.
Augusta is a Par 72, 7435-yard course, which demands players are at the top of their game. Since the course has been lengthened people have said that it has turned into a bombers course. Zach Johnson however used the approach of laying up on every Par 5 in the 2007 Masters and took the championship.
My favorite hole on the course is the 170 yard Par 3 16th; a hole that has seen its fair share of excitement. The most famous shot on the 16th occurred in the 2005 Masters when Tiger hit a chip seen around the world. Woods chipped it to the upper shelf of the green (past the hole) and watched as the ball made a U-Turn and headed back towards the hole. The ball rested on the edge of the cup for what seemed like an eternity, only to roll in for an amazing birdie. If you are looking to see a hole in one at the Masters, the 16th is a great place to park your seat. Look for the 15th (reachable Par5) and the 16th to make a difference come Sunday.
The 11th Hole I feel is the most difficult hole on the course, and the beginning to Amen corner. A 505-yard, tree lined Par 4, forces players to be very accurate off the tee. A pond guards the left side of the green and you will see many shots this week come up short and to the right (in a large swale). Look for plenty of bogeys this week on number 11.
THE PLAYERS FOR 2011 MASTERS
99 players have the opportunity to win the Masters at the start of the week (Though I would not put my money on Ben Crenshaw, even if he is paying out 7500/1). The Masters will have 19 players making their first appearance at the storied event. Only one player in the last 75 years has won the event when competing for his first time (Fuzzy Zoeller 1979). Players such as Mark Wilson, Martin Laird and Rickie Fowler will all be trying to become the first guy since Fuzzy to achieve such a feat.
Large swarms of people will be following players like Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson and for good reason. But there is a new group of golfers who will also attract plenty of attention this week (Martin Kaymer, Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney and Bubba Watson.) People are intrigued by the up and coming stars golf has produced over the past few seasons.
Finally, will this be the year Lee Westwood wins his first major? The best golfer in the world to not own a Major championship will look to improve upon his 2nd place finish at last years Masters and walk away with the green jacket.
STEVES SIX PACK PICKS FOR THE MASTERS
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