Well, I'm feeling pretty good about myself after predicting each of the Final Four teams in my March 24 column. I've been patting myself on the back for the last few weeks. So, to keep the self-promotion alive, here are my Masters predictions:
The Top Three
Tiger Woods. It's impossible not to put Tiger Woods in this category. People say he is in a slump, but didn't he just win the Match Play Championship?
Vijay Singh. I'm not a huge fan of Singh, but you can't argue with his consistent play. He will be in the hunt.
Phil Mickelson. Can he make it back-to-back lefties? He is playing about as solid as ever and he always seems to play well at Augusta. Maybe this is the year he finally gets that elusive major.
Chad Campbell. I'm not so sure he is really a sleeper anymore, but this is a major championship and he certainly isn't a household name (yet). This guy has a ton of game.
Bob Estes. He has had some terrific rounds at Augusta. He is not the first player you would think of, but that is why he's a sleeper.
Scott Verplank. Verplank has been a stat king this year. He is among the top players in virtually every statistical category. If he putts well he could don his first Green Jacket.
Dream Final Group
Charles Howell and John Daly. Of course, the local boy would be a enormous crowd favorite. And just about every golf fan seems to relate to Daly and his troubled past. He just seems like a decent guy. P.S. it wouldn't be bad if Tiger and Mickelson were playing in the group in front of Howell and Daly.
So here is my Top 10 for the 2004 Masters (actually, Top 12):
1st - Phil Mickelson
2nd - Chad Campbell
3rd (tie) - Tiger Woods
5th - Scott Verplank
6th (tie) - Vijay Singh
Charles Howell III
9th (tie) - Bob Estes
Davis Love III
It would have been easy to pick Tiger, but I really couldn't brag a great deal for picking him. If I follow up my Final Four picks with correctly selecting Phil to get his first green jacket, I'll be completely obnoxious through the entire summer. Bonus pick: In today's Par-3 Contest I'm going with Scott Verplank.
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