Can you feel it? The anticipation building up for the biggest tournament in golf? Of course you can; that’s part of why we love the game. We’re less than one week (YES, one week!) from Augusta and if you’re like us, you’re starting to get all fired up. We’d have this thing start tomorrow if we could, but since we can’t, we’ve got a few little tidbits to tide you over.
The Field Is Almost Set
There’s only one potential spot left (for the winner of this week’s Valero Texas Open) so we know which of our guys are headed to Augusta in the current field.
Here’s the list (and how they made it):
- Phil Mickelson (3-time Champion at Augusta, among the many reasons why he’s in the field)
- Trevor Immelman (2008 winner)
- Ernie Els (Won the 2012 Open Championship, his fourth career major win)
- Jim Furyk (2010 Player of The Year, finished 11th at Augusta last year)
- Branden Grace (4-time European Tour winner in 2012, made it through world ranking)
- Ryo Ishikawa (Special foreign invitation)
- Nicolas Colsaerts (World ranking from end of last year)
- Thomas Bjorn (World ranking from end of last year)
- Freddie Jacobson (Top 50 in the world through March 31st)
That’s a pretty accomplished group right there.
Mickelson’s X Hot 3Deep Could Be A Difference Maker
If you watched the Shell Houston Open last Sunday, you saw the unreal performance Mickelson put on with his new X Hot 3Deep Fairway Wood. He blew it over the green on one driveable par-4 and pummeled a handful of 300+ drives that split the fairways. Think of all the possibilities if he played like that on the back nine next week…
On 13, he could bomb it into the sloped fairway, leaving himself just a mid-iron into the par-5.
On 14, he could play into a favorable landing area with little more than a 9-iron or pitching wedge into the green.
On 15, he could have less than 200 yards in to a par-5 that’s a birdie hole for anyone in the fairway.
And on 17 and 18, he could control his drives on par-4s that reward precision shot shaping and punish wayward tee shots. In any case, he’s got the right club for the closing stretch.
Throw in his strong final two rounds in Houston and his legendary track record at Augusta (3 green jackets, anyone?) and you can see why he’s on the short list of favorites. If he takes advantage of his X Hot 3Deep, Mickelson will be a factor.
It’s going to be tough for us to keep our excitement in check here at Callaway Headquarters, at least until next Monday when we’ll be counting down the minutes until Thursday morning. We know a few of you (okay, more than a few of you) feel the same way…