One-on-One: Who will win the Masters?

The field

 

The Masters is upon us and as it is every year, the question is who is going to win; Tiger Woods or the field?

I’m a Tiger fan. I always have been. Golf is way more exciting when Tiger is playing well and in it on Sundays at a major tournaments.

But I think everyone needs to step back and have a reality check for a second.

This isn’t the 2005 Tiger Woods anymore.

The question should no longer be Tiger or the field. That is a thing of the past.

He hasn’t won a major since 2008 and despite regaining the world No. 1 ranking Woods isn’t the player he used to be.

In his prime, Tiger was feared. If you were behind him in the standings after a couple of days of a tournament it was over. Woods didn’t lose when he held the lead entering Sunday. But that was the past and even with his recent success the Masters is wide open.

Could Woods win?

Absolutely and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if he did, but if I had to choose I’m taking the field and not Tiger.

Woods is probably the greatest golfer of all-time, even better than Jack Nicholson. But he isn’t the same player he was five plus years ago. It’s a different time and it’s time people realize it.

-Alex

 

Tiger Woods

After working through a major swing change, Tiger Woods is finally back as the top ranking in the world after falling to 58th.

He’s back in his groove; especially with three PGA Tour wins in just five events. Last year, he only had three wins in 19 events. Now, the next logical step is for Woods to win the Masters and his first Major since 2008.

It’s finally time to watch him do what he does better than anybody else in the world. He’s won the Masters four times, and there’s no reason to think that he can’t dominate this weekend once again.

Now of course, there’s a chance for any other golfer in the field to catch fire and play the weekend of his life. However, how can you bet against Tiger? When he’s at the top of his game, it’s like watching Beethoven compose music, Michelangelo paint the Sistine Chapel and the Egyptians building the Pyramids.

The key for Woods this weekend will be how he does on par-5 holes and how well he can put. His drives and wedges have been great this year, and I don’t see any reason he struggles now.

Just get ready to see Tiger putting the green jacket back on. It’s time to restart a tradition unlike any other.

-Bobby Nightengale