Saturday, April 11, 2009

Masters: Why Tiger Won't, Why Tiger Could...

Why He Won't:
*Tiger has never come from behind to win a major in his 13-year career.
*Realistically, Tiger needs to shoot a 63 (the course record) or 64 to give himself a chance to win.
*Tiger has never shot lower than 68 in a final round at the Masters.
*Tiger has never shot lower than 65 for any round at the Masters.
*Only 8 players left in the field rank below Tiger in putting this week.
*A Masters winner has come out of the final group on Sunday 17 out of the last 18 years.
*Kenny Perry, Jim Furyk, and Angel Cabrera at Augusta are not the same as Sean O'Hair at Bay Hill.

Why He Could:
*The biggest comeback after 54-holes in Masters history is 8 shots, belonging to Jackie Burke Jr. in 1956. The man Tiger Woods shares a locker with in Augusta's Champions Locker Room? Jackie Burke Jr.
*Tiger seems to like breaking Nicklaus's records. When Nicklaus won his last Masters in 1986, he started Sunday 6 shots back.
*He's Tiger Woods.

Bottom line, if Tiger isn't 2 or 3-under par at the turn on Sunday, forget it. At that point, enjoy the great battle sure to play out between Perry and Cabrera.

2 comments:

Robert said...

well said. but, I wonder what the over under is on Cabrera breaking out the cigarettes.

AppleDawg said...

As Skip Bayless has said on ESPN First Take, Tiger is the best front-runner in the history of golf if not sports

But, he just can't come back when he isn't leading going into the last round