It's Masters Wednesday!!
And I already missed updating on Masters Tuesday...work gets in the way most days now. But that doesn't mean I wasn't thinking about it on an off all day yesterday and today! Continuing the player discussion from my post from Monday, I'd be remiss if we didn't talk about Tiger Woods...the 2019 Masters Champion. For some reason I had forgotten he had won last year. Of his 15 majors, Tiger has 5 green jackets... 1997, 2001, 2002, 2005 and 2019. To win the same major 22 years a part is, well, amazing to me. (Maybe this isn't as spectacular than I think, but it seems really impressive!)
Tiger has had 82 Tour victories in his career...just wow again. In the 2020 season he played 7 events, won one, and made just short of $2.1 million. According to an ESPN golf article, Tiger hasn't finished better than 37th in 6 starts since June, and he is currently 40/1 odds in some betting lines. So while 2019 was a great victory for TW, the idea that he may add another green jacket appears to be more of a long shot. At 44-years old, it would be a fun sight to see and I do hope he has a great week.
The tee times came out yesterday and there are some pretty interesting pairings. And I find it interesting that they will be starting on both the first and tenth tees, so I wonder if that could have an impact on mindset going into the round.
One of my favorite things to look at each year is how the players qualified to get into the Masters. You can find that here. There are 19 ways to qualify for Augusta, and the #1 option is being a past winner, which gives you a lifetime invitation. From my count (which could be wrong!) there are 17 past champions in the field tomorrow, and of them 9 are playing only because they were a past winner, including Phil Mickelson.
The player that has the most qualifiers to get in is Brooks Koepka with 9 out of 19, but alas, being a past winner isn't one of them. I found 3 other players with 6 qualifying accomplishments, Patrick Cantlay, Webb Simpson, and Justin Thomas. Several more players had at least 5 ways to qualify for this year's Masters.
There are also 6 amateurs in the field this year. Huh, wonder what the odds are for them making the cut?
There's so much more to think about and write about, but I need to prep my brain for a great Masters week!!
Get ready to enjoy the best week of the year!!