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."