The Run For the Green Jacket
It’s Masters Tournament time in Augusta, Georgia and while the Tiger watch is already at full-force, perhaps we should be giving Trevor Immelman some more love; I mean, seeing how he won the damn thing last year. Granted, Immelman hasn’t won, well, anything PGA-related since his green jacket victory, but the fact remains, as defending champion, there’s been relatively little talk about Immelman’s chances at a repeat.
For that, you can obviously blame Woods, who will be participating in his first major since he had his knee repaired.
The media has been on full Tiger alert this week, rightfully so, I might add. Of course, if Tiger does win his fifth green jacket this weekend, the media blitz will the pre-Masters talk pale in comparison. Besides Tiger, there is another cat named Phil you might want to consider. All Lefty has done in 2009 is win two tournaments already. Not only that, but between Tiger and Phil, Phil has the most recent Masters victory.
Tee Times of Note (all times Eastern)
Retief Goosen – 9:39
Justin Rose – 10:12
Vijay Singh, Geoff Ogilvy, Ernie Els – 10:23 (the threesome to watch?)
Mike Weir, Padraig Harrington – 10:34
Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk – 10:45
Stuart Appleby, Sergio Garcia – 10:56
Fred Couples, Rocco Mediate – 12:02 pm
Zach Johnson – 1:08 pm
Trevor Immelman – 1:41 pm
Tiger Woods, Stewart Cink – 1:52 pm
As you can see, Woods is in the second-to-last pairing of the day, giving him a good idea of what he needs to shoot if he decides to announce his presence early in the tournament. Currently, your leader is Ross Fisher at 3-under par. Fisher is through 10 holes. Watch him be your wire-to-wire winner. Would the Tiger-starved media embrace something so unexpected with the same fever they embrace Woods?