Augusta’s here! Augusta’s here! Augusta’s here! We’re ready. We know you’re ready. Let’s get to the picks!
Like any great Tour player, I rise to the occasion when my mental car turns down Magnolia Lane. Being from Georgia, I get an extra spring in my step come Masters time.
So even though I’m not on form with respect to my picks this year, don’t count me out because I’m a gamer and just like Crenshaw in ’95, I think I’ve found something and will be wearing the burgundy jacket in no time (the picks champ in our office gets to don the coveted burgundy Members Only jacket Rhiona Sullivan bought at a thrift store in San Diego).
Here they are, ladies and gentleman:
Phil Mickelson. He’s got the Phrankenwood in his bag and he’s confident and ready to win. Number 4 is on the way.
Nicolas Colsaerts. Quick question in the style of those AT&T commercials: Does the ability to hit it 350 help or hurt at Augusta? Yes, it helps. So if Colsaerts can putt halfway decently this week, they’ll be eating steak tartar and fries with mayonnaise at next year’s Champion’s Dinner.
Jim Furyk. The last time someone carried two drivers at Augusta, he won. So that’s a trend now that Furyk is doing the same. If the course gets fast, Furyk might need some 5 Hour Energy to get him through all of the winner’s interviews on Sunday night.
Pick #1 – Phil is an obvious choice, but a good one at Augusta. He loves the course, the tournament, and has had some success! Phrakenwood could be the secret weapon that brings Phil his fourth Green Jacket.
Pick #2 – Freddie Jacobson - You need a ridiculous short game to win at Augusta, and Freddie certainly has one. He is great from 100 yards in and rolls the ball as well as anyone.
Pick #3 – Branden Grace – It’s been a long time since a Rookie won this event, but Grace has four wins under his belt and has the game to pull it off. Look for him to shock the world and take home his first Green Jacket.
Mickelson – Hard to leave Phil off this list with his background and history at Augusta. No one in the last decade has a better record than Phil around Augusta and I look for that trend to continue this week and would not be surprised to see him slip on the green jacket again on Sunday.
Colsaerts – Bit of a darkhorse pick here but playing in his first Masters, I look for the Begian Bomber to have a great week and take advantage of his length and competitive drive to propel him to a strong finish.
Furyk – I have been high on picking Jim of late and will continue to ride him this week. His accuracy and tenacity will help him work his way around Augusta this weekend.
Mickelson - His Tuesday press conference was essentially one positive thought after the next about his plans for this week. When he wasn’t talking about how much he loves his new Phrankenwood, he was describing the confidence he’s gained with the X Hot 3Deep Fairway Wood.
When he wasn’t discussing the good feelings he has for Augusta, he was cracking jokes and smiling in front of the media members. Simply put, he looks like a man who know’s he’s in for a big event. We keep coming back to the word confidence because that’s the vibe he’s given off in the two weeks leading up to this major. How can we not believe in him when he so completely believes in everything he’s doing?
Furyk – The reasons for picking Furyk are many so let’s run through our favorites real quick. He puts the ball in the fairway, he grinds out good scores when championships are at their most difficult, he’s on his game with two top top-1os in his last three starts, and like Mickelson he just keeps giving off a quiet confidence about this week. An easy pick, for sure.
Jacobson – One of the best putters in the world and this week he’s rolling it on the toughest greens in golf. That’s the story right there; his game is built to thrive at Augusta.
The Final Word
Phil and Furyk are among the favorites this week. Now, let’s sit back and enjoy the best golf weekend of the year!
For more Callaway news from Augusta, including info on Phil’s Phrankenwood, check out this week’s Callaway Tech Talk.