If Tiger Woods oversleeps his tee time one day and is disqualified — which might be the only way he could lose — here are some others who could win this great golf tournament:
Stuarty Appleby — The Aussie loves this course.
Angel Cabrera — Former U.S. Open champ has played great at Augusta in the past.
Fred Couples — His game all spring has been as if in a time warp, meaning really top notch — but his nerves down the stretch have betrayed his late-40s age. He has won at Augusta once and lost another time only because he putted like somebody in the grip of a sudden spasmodic disease. COuld he somehow keep his nerves steady and become the oldest Masters champ ever?
Padraig Harrington — Perhaps never before has somebody who has won the last two majors consecutively received so little media attention. And his game has been rounding into shape.
Zach Johnson — He won here just a couple of years ago, and his game has been very solid of late.
Justin Leonard — He doesn’t particularly like dramatically mounded, super-fast greens. But for the full shots, Augusta fits his eye. If the course stays a little damp, he has a chance.
Greg Norman — We can always hope for redemption, can’t we?
Geoff Ogilvy — Arguably the third best player in the world right now, behind Woods and Harrington. (Sorry, Phil — you are too inconsistent.)
Ian Poulter — Englishman likes Augusta, and Ryder Cup showed he now has nerves of steel.
Henrik Stenson — Loves Augusta. Terrific player.
Retief Goosen — Has several VERY good finishes at Augusta, and his recent win in Florida shows his game is back in shape. He LOVES superfast greens. He might be, after Tiger, the best pick of all.
Now, what about Sergio? No way he can handle those greens. Phil? He’s been AWOL at majors, basically, since his meltdown at Winged Foot. Furyk? He’s been struggling too much. Els? He just doesn’t seem to have his mojo going.
So the pick is Tiger. But if he oversleeps, watch for the Goose.
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