Friday, April 11, 2008

Mickelson lurking ...

Everyone who thinks Trevor Immelman is going to win the Masters raise your hand.
Brandt Snedeker?
Phil Mickelson?
Now we’re getting somewhere.
And what about Tiger Woods?
You want to say he can’t win – I’m tempted to say it – but you can’t say it yet. He’s seven strokes back but he’s in 13th place with two rounds to play and it’s not as if the Hall of Fame is in front of him.

Sure, Mickelson’s there and he’s not going anywhere. But Ian Poulter hasn’t proven he can win a major – and who knows what he’ll wear with the green jacket if he does win.
Stephen Ames?
He doesn’t like the place. Bad karma doesn’t win the Masters.
Paul Casey? Hmmmm…
Steve Flesch? He didn’t think he could make the cut before this thing started.

So with two potentially wind-blown rounds remaining, we still aren’t quite sure what to make of this Masters.
Tiger could have played himself totally out of it Friday but he didn’t. He stayed just close enough to make us wonder if he’ll win. I hope he’s close enough going into Sunday to make us think he can win, too.

Mickelson looks ominous. He’s been almost under the radar so far and he’s 5-under, three off the lead. Everybody likes to compare Lefty to Arnie in his prime and we all know Arnie won in even numbered years – 1958, 1960, 1962 and 1964. Well, Mickelson won in 2004 and 2006 and you know what year this is.

But we’re just halfway there. We’ll know a lot more when Saturday evening comes.