Let's leave out the obvious. Tiger Woods is the prohibitive favorite to win the 2008 Masters. There, I said it. Our goal here is to pick the winner from the rest of the field. It's not all that far fetched. The amazing thing about Woods' huge number of victories is his huge number of victories. It's not easy to win a professional golf tournament. Even one like this with a small, watered down field. Over four days it takes, skill, luck, good health, and the absence of another player(s) having a career performance. Tiger won't win this one and I'll explain why. Better yet, I'll tell you who will.
Here's a list of this average golfer's 2008 Masters favorites complete with their odds of winning as of press time.........
Tiger Woods, 5/4, Ridiculous odds on a golfer. Wheel him in the trifecta.
Phil Mickelson, 10/1, Prohibitive 2nd choice. Won here twice. Putter's been shaky lately.
Geoff Ogilvy, 20/1, Hot lately. Won the WGC-CA, 2nd in Houston.
Vijay Singh, 20/1, Still a force. Struggles with green speed this year.
Ernie Els, 25/1, Depends which Ernie we get. Tiger tamer or passive Ernie.
Padraig Harrington, 25/1, Joined the majors club at British. Should be in it.
Retief Goosen, 25/1, Has the nerve and putter for Augusta. Strong choice.
Adam Scott, 30/1, Maturing. Can't get tempted here to be too bold. Disaster awaits.
Justin Rose, 33/1, Thought it would be his break out year. Would be with a win.
K.J. Choi, 33/1, Physically, mentally tough. 3rd in 2004. Could do it.
Jim Furyk, 40/1, Tough time if it's wet. Has the iron game to hit it close.
Luke Donald, 50/1, See Jim Furyk. Missing Furyk's toughness though.
I'd like to pay tribute to Zach Johnson's 2007 win. It was a wonderful and well planned victory. Last year's course was dry though and lengthened Zach's tee shots. His winning score of 289, +1, was tied for the highest winning score ever at the Masters. I don't see lightning striking twice, but by no means take anything away from his victory.
Without further ado, Average Golfer's winner of the 2008 Masters will be........Geoff Ogilvy. He's demonstrated that he can handle the "Tiger effect". He's a wizard around the greens, which is so important at Augusta. He's won a major before, the 2006 US Open at Winged Foot. He's peaking at the right time based on recent performances. And........if he doesn't win it was rigged. Enjoy the tournament!
PS- The winning score for Geoff will be 282.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Posted by Average Golfer at 9:15 PM