Official First Masters Blog of 2006 (or is it last of 2005?)
The first invitations have gone out (thank you, SI.Com!) Here are my early picks on, oh heck, a bunch of interesting elements:
Five New Guys Who Should Not Unpack:
Clay Ogden, Edoardo Molinari, Kevin Marsh, Dillon Dougherty, and Brian McElhinney (All right, that wasn’t fair. They’re all amateurs.)
Five New Pro Guys Who Should Not Unpack:
Jason Bohn, Lucas Glover, Vaughn Taylor, Carl Petterson, and Bart Bryant.
Five Old Guys Who Should Not Pull A Billy Casper:
Seve, Gay Brewer, Jr., Arnold, Doug Ford, and Billy Casper (in case he forgot last year.)
Linguists’ Pairing Of The Year:
Edoardo Molinari and Jose Maria Olazabal–That’s a 17-to-14 Vowel-To-Consonant ratio. Beats Welsh!
Best Couple To Go Out Last Thursday AND Friday:
Ben Crane and Bernhard Langer
The I’m-Not-On-Tour-But-I-Won-The-Masters Award:
The Tim-Henman-Of-Golf Award (otherwise known as the New Monty)
The It-Seems-Like-Yesterday Award:
Shawn Micheel, Rich Beem, Todd Hamilton, Ben Curtis, Mike Weir and David Duval (and Duval has one more year!)
The I-Don’t-Wanna-Be-Lehman Award (meaning, I want to win!):
Chris DiMarco (runner-Up: Lehman)
Short Guys Who Ain’t Got A Chance:
Scott Verplank, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson, Ted Purdy and David Toms
Long Young Guys Who Got A Chance:
Adam Scott, Sean O’Hair, Trevor Immelman, Sergio Garcia, and Ryan Moore
Middle-Aged, Multi-Ethnic Guys With Swedish Wives Who Got A Chance: Ummmm, wait a second, I’ll think of one.
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I am surprised that you still want to knock the anglos(Henman/Monty award).
Donald has proved in the Walker Cup and Ryder Cup, qualities and team spirit, just like Monty. I bet the USA wish they had an inspiration like Monty, cast your mind back.
Dont write off the young Donald just yet.
You did not find space to mention the Irish, Harrington or Darren Clarke thats a surprise.