This is the best tournament each year, folks, so put on your thinking caps, sit back, pop some brews and enjoy the show.
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This is event 2/4 in Month 4 and Event 15 overall.
For a refresher on the rules, hit the link — Contest Guidelines and leave your Fantasy Four below (don’t forget your ONE Nike Athlete).
His birthday is Friday April 12th, so he’ll do great on Friday. He’s only missed 2 cuts all year and made the 2nd round of Match Play and Top 30 at Doral. His last start was 45th at the Houston Open. First time here.
Rory’s last 3 tournaments have all ended very well. His last 3 final rounds have been 66, 70 and 65. He finished 2nd at the Texas Open, 45th in Houston and 8th at Doral. He’s made 3 of 4 cuts at Augusta, finishing 40th, 15th and 20th.
Last starts were 34th at Bay Hill and 28th at Doral. This is his 4th trip to Augusta, finished 19th last year and 30th and a missed cut before that.
First trip here and he WD in Houston, but finished 7th at Bay Hill. He does well on a big stage, finishing 3rd in Dubai and 2nd in Abu Dhabi.
He’s coming off of a 65th in Houston and a 21st place at Bay Hill. Missed the cut in his last 2 Masters starts. His best finish was 27th in 2006.
Excluding Match Play, he’s carded 12 straight Top 25’s, including 9 Top 10’s. He’s 3/3 in making the cut at the Masters, winning in 2011.
4 straight made cuts since Match Play, but not finishing better than 27th. He’s been to Augusta 5 times, making the cut at each appearance. His finishes have been; 7th, 11th, 19th, 32nd and 46th.
Tiger has 2 wins under his belt already this year, coming in his last 2 starts. He hasn’t won at the Masters since ’05, but finished 3rd, 2nd, 2nd, 6th, 4th and 4th since then … and 40th last year.
Other Nike athletes in the field; none
recent finishes – 2nd Bay Hill, 8th Doral, 4th Honda
Justin should be a popular pick this week. Given his recent starts (above) and history at Augusta (7/7 made cuts, 2 Top 10s including 1 last year and 5 Top 10’s) it’s easy to put him right after Rory and Tiger.
Recent finishes – 2nd Houston, 8th Bay Hill
He’s earned his way here in his last 2 starts. He finished 40th here last year, but also finished 17th here in 2007 and 2008.
Recent finishes – 10th Houston, 3rd Bay Hill, 7th Doral, 4th Honda
4 starts in March = 4 Top 10s. He finished 27th here last year.
Recent finishes – 6 straight Top 25’s
Playing very well and also finished 19th here last year.
Others playing well – Adam Scott, Dustin Johnson, Bill Haas, Steve Stricker, Matt Kuchar, Martin Laird
best finishes – 3rd in ’12, 1st in ’10, ’06 and ’04, 5th in ’09 and ’08.
Seriously … in his lat 10 trips here, he’s only finished outside of the Top 10 TWICE (27th and 24th). Coming off of 16th in Houston.
Best finishes at this event – 3rd in ’12, 2nd in ’10, 11th in ’11 and ’08
Finished 10th in Houston two weeks ago. Will he finally break through?
Best finishes at this event – 1st in ’12, 38th in ’11, 42nd in ’09 and 20th in ’08
He’s finished 14th and 18th at Bay Hill and Doral after 9th at Match Play.
Best finishes at this event – 7th in ’12, 8/8 made cuts (6 Top 30’s and 2 Top 10’s)
Finished 37th, 21st, 28th since his 4th place at Match Play.
BONUS- Fred Couples (always need an older guy, right?)
Freddy’s last 3 starts here have been great; 12th in ’12, 15th in ’11 and 6th in ’10.
Alan :: Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott, Keegan Bradley
Bob :: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Jim Furyk, K.J. Choi
Damian ::Tiger Woods, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Luke Donald
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