Masters leftovers


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Phil Mickelson was sure the popular choice before the Masters, but that bandwagon is pretty light today. Tiger finally wins again and the Lefty naysayers come storming back in full voice.

Fair enough. Having picked Mickelson to repeat, I’ll be the first to give Tiger all the respect in the world. But the Tour season didn’t end last Sunday. Before we start engraving Tiger’s player of the year trophy, let’s go ahead and play the other three majors, shall we? My hunch is Mickelson – unlike past years – isn’t going to be content this year w/wins at the FBR Open, Pebble Beach, and the BellSouth.

Lastly…can we stop already w/the countless columns from the Masters listing the week’s “winners and losers”? Enough. There was only one winner on Sunday, and it wasn’t Chris DiMarco. Go ahead and praise him all day long – and deservedly so – but let’s stop calling the second-place finisher a “winner.”

New and improved Mickelson primed to repeat


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One year after correctly picking Phil Mickelson to win the Masters, I’m ready to do it again. And this year I feel even better about the choice.

While Chris Baldwin waxes poetic – “Mickelson will forever be the romantic pick and seldom the realistic one” – it’s clear our favorite blogger is stuck in 2003. Back then, I would’ve agreed with Baldwin’s argument. Mickelson wasn’t mature enough to take that next step. But after a disastrous 2003 season (for Mickelson, at least), he changed his entire approach to the game. Thanks to his work with Dave Pelz and Rick Smith – plus an intelligent change in equipment – he seems more focused than ever.

And for what it’s worth, I love the fact that Mickelson stuck around to win the BellSouth yesterday. How can this possibly be a bad thing? (“Oh, the horror. Lefty missed a day of practice at Augusta.” Please.) If anything, winning in wet conditions should serve him well this week at Augusta, where the forecast calls for rain starting Thursday.