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April 8, 2007
Who will emerge?
First off, Happy Easter to everyone.
We've reached the day we all look forward to, Sunday at the Masters. It always has a special feel to it and today is no exception. There is a lot of anticipation in the very cold air this morning. Unlike the last few years where Masters Sunday started with players finishing their third rounds, each player will only play 18 holes today. Most people expect that by day's end Tiger Woods will be slipping on his fifth green jacket. Tiger is certainly going to be a factor today, but I'm not sure he's going to run away with things. Augusta National has been the toughest competitor so far this week and it figures to remain that way for the final 18 holes. Also, Tiger has not been as sharp as normal through three rounds. He played his best round yesterday but let things slip at the end. If he does that today, there will be no fifth title.
There is no wind right now, but it's several hours before the leaders hit the course. The race appears to be wide open. It would surprise me if one of the Masters youngsters, Vaughn Taylor, Zack Johnson and Justin Rose win, but guys like Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen and of course Phil Mickelson could certainly charge from behind for the victory. Let's hope the conditions allow for at least a little of that usual Masters Sunday magic.