Friday, April 6, 2018

The Masters Halftime Update

As the good folks over at CBS lament a weekend that starts with Patrick Reed positioned to be the least popular Masters champion since . . . (give me a minute . . . nope, I got nothing) while Tiger and Phil sit 13 and 14 shots back respectively, let's take a moment to appreciate some of the positives starting with my personal prospects. Thanks to solid Friday outings by Russell Henley and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, the entire FGR top ten made the cut. I know that's a low bar considering 53 of the 87 entrants made it but I could easily have been wooed by the likes of Thomas Pieters, Charl Schwartzel or Sergio Garcia and, for whatever reason (luck?), I wasn't. Also, the FGR pick of the week, Justin Rose, is still very much in the hunt at -2 and he's joined in the chase pack by every other top ten player in the world not named Sergio Garcia or Brooks Koepka. 

Ugh. Could we trade him for 
Rory? Sergio? Van de Velde?
Throw Bubba Watson, Louis Oosthuizen and Matt Kuchar into the mix and we could have a good old fashioned hootenanny this weekend. We just need a big Saturday swing like the one we had on Friday that saw Spieth's eight shot lead over Justin Thomas trimmed to one. Not that I'm rooting against Reed, it's just that watching him play on Friday was like watching the jerk son of the biggest dick in the neighborhood score four goals against your kid's soccer team. Oh who am I kidding? I haven't rooted against someone this hard since every game of Tom Brady's professional career.

The good news is that a Saturday reshuffle is highly likely. It's supposed to rain all day which should make scoring favorable for bombers like Thomas, Rory and DJ as long as they can handle the elements. Of course the doomsday scenario is that Reed shoots 69, no one else makes a significant move and he rolls into Sunday with the luxury of playing cruise control golf that lets him carry a 3-4 shot lead around the course thereby ruining everyone's Sunday. But let's not think about that yet because we still have Saturday to save us and frankly, the prospect of it is just too painful.