Thursday, April 5, 2012

The Masters 2012 Predictions--Final Write-Up

Ahh, the night before the tournament.  I am as excited as ever for the golf to begin.  The Masters is here.  And what better way to finish off the pre-tournament coverage than with my final predictions.  Now I have written up a few posts covering my predictions, but this is the post I am going to base my successes from.  The weather, the course, and the players will all be taken into account with these predictions.  So here we go:

Tiger Woods
It looks as though Tiger has drawn a favorable tee time.  With weather supposed to affect Thursday Afternoon and Friday Morning tee times, Woods will be off in the morning Thursday and finish up in the afternoon Friday.  Look for him to take advantage of these conditions and build a lead, or be right there come Saturday.  And there will be no Saturday stumble for Tiger this year.  Moving day will vault him into the lead, where he'll maintain his 14-1 record leading on Sunday in majors.

Final Score: -15

Runner Up:
Keegan Bradley
I just think Keegan is playing too well right now and too confidently to not be in the mix.  I think he will be the opening round leader, and stick around until the end.  He hits the ball high and far, and can get hot with the belly-putter.  I think he will have a tough Saturday, but recover enough to finish at the top of the leaderboard.

Final Score: -12

Near the Top:
Hunter Mahan, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy
Phil and Rory seemingly have gotten the two worst tee times based on weather predictions.  Final tee times on Thursday followed by morning tee times on Friday.  I think their scores will be a little higher than Tiger's.  But they will play well Saturday and Sunday to get in the mix.  But it is not enough.  And Mahan is playing arguably better than anyone right now.  And he'll be right there come Sunday.  But chipping will let him down and he will not be able to pull off the win.

Mahan: -11
McIlroy: -10
Mickelson: -10

Well, there you have it!  Now we get to sit back, wait, and enjoy the golf.  Look for coverage on each round with analysis and some thoughts each afternoon.

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