The 2011 Masters Preview
The Masters is many things to many people. If you're a regular golfer like me, it's the kick off to golf season. Spring has finally arrived and what better tournament to usher in the new season than The Masters. While the players compete to win one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, fans will watch and take in the beauty that is Augusta National.
(The 13th hole at Augusta National is named Azalea. Photo: Masters.com)
Phil Mickelson arrives at Augusta as the favorite this weekend. The three time Masters winner is coming off his 39th career PGA TOUR victory last weekend at the Shell Houston Open and nothing would make his 4oth career win sweeter than putting on another green jacket. Mickelson is one of only four players to win The Masters after winning the weekend before. This accomplishment came in 2006 after winning the BellSouth Classic.
If Mickelson is going to win this weekend, he will have to contend with the fourth largest field in Masters history (99 players). Twelve players (including Mickelson) have a PGA TOUR victory in 2011 and Mark Wilson is the only player in the field with two. There are 15 previous Masters winners in the field this week but only Tiger Woods (4), Phil Mickelson (3), Tom Watson (2) and Ben Crenshaw (2) come into this tournament having won more than once at Augusta.
Three Groups To Watch at The Masters
At the 2011 Masters you're no going to go wrong with any group you watch but I've tried to select three I think will be more exciting than the rest.
3. Tiger Woods, Graeme McDowell & Robert Allenby: My main reason for picking this group is what happened last year at the Chevron World Challenge. Graeme McDowell shocked the world by sinking long putts on the 72nd hole and first playoff hole to comeback and defeat Tiger Woods. I'm hoping these two players feed off each other and can get on the right track for the rest of 2011. Robert Allenby has played well of late with two top 10's this season. Playing with Woods and McDowell it's easy to forget about him but he keep sneak up and contend.Continued on the next page