Apr
11
2009
The Masters Weekend: Top 5 To Win It All
By Stephanie Wei under General

I’m looking at the leaderboard after two rounds and I’m baffled. Absolutely baffled. It has nothing to do with who is at the top and who isn’t so much as it has to do with what it will look like on Sunday. What did I expect though? It’s Augusta and it’s the Masters. Anything can happen at this point.

Then, there’s the weather factor. I don’t have to tell you that the conditions were much different today than they were on Thursday. In the post-round interviews, co-leaders Chad Campbell and Kenny Perry, both mentioned the wind made it more difficult. However, it didn’t take the toll on them as it did with the rest of the field.

Just for fun, let’s look at Tiger (who looked like he was ready to implode as he walked off the 18th green). When he was asked to comment about the wind, he responded coldly, “Yeah. You might say {it was tough].” Yikes.

Word around the greens is that thunderstorms are headed toward Augusta, which calls for a soggy course by the time morning comes along. Advantage: long-hitters.

Without further ado, my picks to take home the Green Jacket on Sunday:

  • Kenny Perry: This has the makings of an awesome Cinderella story. I’ll refer back to what I wrote on Wednesday. What I failed to mention was that he has confidence from a spectacular performance at last September’s Ryder Cub; he was a big reason and boost for the U.S. win. He mentioned today how great it was when he heard fans hollering, “Way to go in the Ryder Cup.” Also, he is hitting the ball better than ever – he’s driving it beautifully, allowing him to attack the pins. He’s only missed a few fairways and hit 15 or 16 greens in regulation over the past two days. Impressive is an understatement to describe those stats. Not to mention, Perry is one of those players who once he gets hot, he doesn’t stop!
  • Chad Campbell: He’s a baller. He’s playing well. He hits it long. As long as he keeps his putter going, he’ll be just fine. Let’s do some math: Momentum + Confidence + Ball-Striking = WIN.
  • Tiger Woods: He might be 7 shots back, but (as much as I’d like to at times) I’d never underestimate a “Tiger Woods Comeback.” Yeah, it might be a different situation being that it’s Augusta, one damn tough track. However, he thrives under pressure. He knows he can do it. And, he has the advantage of hitting the long ball.  Ball-striking hasn’t been the worst of his sorrows. Watch out if he gets the putter rolling.
  • Anthony Kim: He has the “Tiger Woods confidence,” and momentum on his side. Despite his mediocre record in 2009, he’s mentally tough with a winner’s attitude, which already gives him a huge advantage. And, simply, he’s due for a major win. Why not it be the Masters?
  • Phil Mickelson: After his late round surge, he’s back on track. He’s been in this position before, and to boot, he has won two out of the last five Masters.