Masters truly wide open this year

By: Matt Barnes Email
By: Matt Barnes Email

Monday, April 5, 2010

AUGUSTA -- Most years, Tiger Woods is the odds-on favorite to win the Masters. Hard to fault that logic either - he has won the event four times and is the top player in the world. But because of his long break from golf, there are questions of just how good he'll be, making this year's tournament wide open.

"It's always good to be at this event," said Robert Karlsson. "There are a lot of potential winners and now with Tiger coming back, it's interesting."

"Yeah, I guess it's fairly open," said Henrik Stenson. "I'm coming back and this is my fifth Masters and I think I'm ready to do something good around here."

What makes it even harder to rpedict who will do well is that previous success doesn't always mean success at Augusta National, so getting off to a good start is key for anyone hoping to break through.

"I didn't have the greatest of weeks last week in Houston," said Rory McIlroy, "I played okay but just didn't score. Missed the cut by 1. But I feel as if I'm hitting it good so it's just a matter of getting out there and shooting some low scores and getting the confidence up once again."

But Tiger or not Tiger, it's still a stacked field, and looking past any of the 97 golfers in the field would be a mistake.

"I think every week's open for whoever plays the best and who does is gonna win," said Dustin Johnson. "So whoever plays the best this week is gonna win."

"I think everybody in the field here has a chance," said Masters rookie Bill Haas. "If you've earned your right to be here, then you can play."

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  • by TK3 on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:33 PM
    Not a golf fan and despite the traffic I still welcome the visitors. I have however noted the Masters course is far too restrictive of local taxpayers seeking tickets. The Masters is also VERY restrictive of what personal items guests would normally carry (See the list of Prohibited Items on the Course) and one can see they wish to $ell you everything you need but they also expect you to be out of touch and unarmed and yet they depend largely on tax-paid police for guest safety and traffic ...Have fun if you don't mind the inconvenience and risk (and pollen) but please make sure it is NOT at more taxpayer expense.
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