There are a number of reasons I'm picking Phil Mickelson this week at the Masters. First, if not for a guy named Tiger Woods he'd be the man that everyone was backing this week, no matter his play heading in. Second, the Masters is like a long nap on a Sunday after returning from a bachelor party in Vegas; you get up, you feel so much better and you realize you might just make it to work on Monday.
Augusta National was built for Phil Mickelson, and if the guy can avoid the big numbers (two triple-bogeys a season ago and only missed out on the Bubba-Louis playoff by two shots) he should be in contention come Sunday, and even if he doesn't pull it off, I still see him finishing in the top-10.
Augusta is a left-hander's paradise, and Phil is the best of that bunch.
Wins - 0
Top-10s - 4
Top-20s - 3
Missed Cuts - 2
Current Pool Standing - 40 out of 72 players
Already used - Steve Stricker (2nd at Hyundai), Mark Wilson (MC at Sony), Robert Garrigus (T-16 at Humana), Nick Watney (T-4 at Farmers Insurance), Kevin Na (T-36 at Waste Management), Dustin Johnson (MC at Pebble Beach), Retief Goosen (MDF at Riviera), Luke Donald (T-33 at Accenture), Fredrik Jacobson (T-25 at Honda Classic), Charl Schwartzel (T-16 at WGC-Cadillac), Webb Simpson (T-17 at Tampa Bay), Sergio Garcia (WD at Bay Hill), Keegan Bradley (T-10 at Shell Houston), Billy Horschel (T-3 at Valero Texas)
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