Is it too soon to start talking about the Masters? Masters week is one of my favorite weeks on the golf calander. It is also the first major of the year and therefore worthy of significant discussion. So if you will indulge me, I will try to get the Masters talk started a couple of weeks ahead of time.
Did I mention I really like the Masters? Obviously I enjoy seeing golf's best at the first major tournament of year. However, I also enjoy the scenery of Augusta National. Just from looking at the Masters on television you can see how the course is absolutely spectacular. It would be quite a thrill to get to walk along the course with the players. I even enjoy the leaders of Augusta National taking to the microphones to speak in their southern accents. I am from the south and I even think they have accents!
Every player on the PGA Tour, or any tour for that matter, would love to win the 2012 Masters. I am going to give you three names which I think would like to win even more than most players. The first is Tiger Woods. Tiger's sole remaining goal in golf is to break Jack Nicklaus' record of 18 professional major championships. Woods has won four Masters titles already in his career and he knows that he needs to win at least one or two more in hopes of breaking Nicklaus' mark.
Next we have Phil Mickelson. Phil will tell anyone who wants to listen that the Masters is his favorite tournament. If Mickelson could only win one or two more tournaments in his PGA Tour career I think he would say that he would like one more green jacket and a U.S. Open title. Phil has three Masters titles to his credit and he would dearly love to make it four and equal his rival Woods in the process.
The third player is Rory McIlroy. McIlroy probably should have won the Masters in 2011. The fact that he had clear chances, but could not close the deal, has to be extra motivation for the world's number one player heading into the 2012 Masters. As well as McIlroy has played lately he must be considered one of the favorites to take home his first green jacket.
It should be a great tournament and I for one can not wait for April 5 to roll around.
Dwight is an avid golfer. While still relatively new to the game, he plays as often as the weather and his schedule will allow.
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- Tiger Woods
- the Masters
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