Lefty’s amazing Augusta National record which includes eight top five finishes and three green jackets has never been topped by other players and this has made him the talk of the town.
It used to be Tiger Woods they are talking about but now the attention has shifted to defending champion Phil Mickelson and world’s number 3 betting favourite between London and Las Vegas for the first time.
“It seems that everyone has pretty much got Mickelson in the green jacket Sunday evening and there’s not much use in turning up at this point,” U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell said with a small measure of sarcasm. “He’s a great player around Augusta, and if you finish ahead of him, you’ve got a decent chance.”
Thursday will be a big day for these golfers with the start of the Masters play at Augusta National
When asked about the more dominant players in the Master, World’s No, 1 PGA champion Martin Kaymer said:
“I think Phil,” he replied.
Four-time Masters champion Tiger Woods got this comment from one of the players:
“I don’t think he’ll finish in the top five,” Ian Poulter said. “The shots he was hitting at Doral, they were very inconsistent. You can’t hit shots like that on this golf course and get away with it. I don’t think you want to rely on your short game that much around this place.”
Woods also had a stellar records at the Masters with three wins in the past years which does not even include the 12-shot record victory he had n 1997 at the age of 21. Woods’ tie for fourth a year ago was an impressive one as it was his very first competition after that humiliating sex scandal he got embroiled in.
It was Mickelson’s 18 birdies made during his Houston Open three-stroke victory which made him stand out.
“I felt like that golf was in me this year, but I haven’t been getting it out,” Mickelson said. “I haven’t had the same type of mental focus throughout the round that I expect. So to be able to have that type of performance heading into here feels very good.
Reminds me a lot of 2006, when I was able to put it together the week before and carry the momentum through.”
Woods on the other hand does not have any momentum but still sounded as confident.
“I believe in myself,” he said. “There’s nothing wrong with believing in myself. God, I hope you guys feel the same way about yourselves. That’s the whole idea, that you can always become better.”
When asked about the comments made by Poulter:
“Well, Poulter is always right, isn’t he?” Woods said. “My whole idea is to try to win the golf tournament, and that’s what I’m trying to do. My whole idea is to prepare. I’ve prepared all year to peak four times a year, and that has not changed.”