Sunday, April 06, 2008

Masters Watch (T-minus 96 hours...or so)

Okay, my man-crush on Justin Leonard has to be revealed, once and for all. I’m calling him out as my TOP PICK to WIN the 2008 Masters Championship--PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS EXCLUDED.

After all, it’s too easy is it to put your money on Tiger, Phil, and Vijay.

So why Justin Leonard?

He’s made all 9 cuts in each of his starts this season and is performing where it counts. He’s in the top-10 on the PGA in Putting (8th), Birdie Avg. per Round (5th) and Greens-In-Regulation (6th). His solid driving accuracy (72.41% of all fairways) should help him traverse the narrow confines of Augusta.

Moreover, he has a major victory on his record (1997 British) and knows what it means to play on the big stage.

Here’s another prop bet to chew on. PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS OVER 50 YEARS OF AGE -- Who will finish the best amongst them?

The first concern I would have if were over 50, a bit achier in the lumbar region and playing in the Masters… is Distance of the Tee. Since 1998, the course has been extended twice and now measures roughly 7,450 yards from the tips.

Hence, Bernhard Langer seems like a good choice to make a run towards the top of the Leaderboard. His 284.9-yard average off the tee ranks 7th on the Champions Tour and puts him just above the PGA Tour average of 281 yards. Oh, and he’s won it twice (1985, 1993).

More to come…

1 Comentário:

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welcome back!

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