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Doc Savage Picks Top Ten at Augusta
April 5, 2011 | Doc Savage

Posted on 04/05/2011 1:27:01 PM PDT by Doc Savage

2011 Masters: My Picks for the Top Ten (in no particular order,... although I like Luke Donald or Westwood to win.)

Matt Kuchar

Phil Mickelson

Justin Rose

Luke Donald

Dustin Johnson

Ian Poulter

Hunter Mahan

Adam Scott

Lee Westwood

Ben Crane


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: masters

1 posted on 04/05/2011 1:27:06 PM PDT by Doc Savage
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To: Doc Savage

nope.........Rickie Fowler will win the Masters coupling his first win with his first major. Tiger will be second and Phil, fourth.


2 posted on 04/05/2011 1:28:42 PM PDT by advertising guy (.......... I don't crap anymore....... I Kathy Griffin...........)
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To: Doc Savage

No offense, but a top ten list in a major tournemount that excludes the name “Tiger Woods” is not one to be taken credibly.

Maybe he’s not the “favorite,” anymore, but he’s playing. ‘Nuff said.


3 posted on 04/05/2011 1:49:33 PM PDT by ObamaMustGo2012 (Obama Must Go In 2012)
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To: ObamaMustGo2012
"No offense, but a top ten list in a major tournemount that excludes the name “Tiger Woods” is not one to be taken credibly."

I think Tiger keeps his own "Top Ten" list on his Blackberry.

4 posted on 04/05/2011 1:51:59 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Doc Savage

Carl Spackler....Cinderella Story....IT'S IN THE HOLE!!!

5 posted on 04/05/2011 1:53:31 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Doc Savage

In the past four tournaments, you could have won a lot of money betting on ‘someone else’. Only in 2010 was a favorite in the winner’s circle.


6 posted on 04/05/2011 2:10:15 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: Doc Savage

Martin Kaymer


7 posted on 04/05/2011 3:34:03 PM PDT by Timocrat (Ingnorantia non excusat)
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To: ObamaMustGo2012
No offense, but a top ten list in a major tournemount that excludes the name “Tiger Woods” is not one to be taken credibly.

No offense taken. You might be right. But by his own admission he is not putting well. His current putting statistics PLACE him outside the top 100 golfers from 5-10 feet. By his own admission today in his press conference he said that you can't simply putt well at Augusta for a few holes or even for 9 holes, but rather you have to consistently avoid 3 putts and you will have to make 6-10 footers to save par.

When coupled with the fact that he played poorly at Bay Hill recently, and that he's played very few tournaments this year, and he is by his own admission still adapting his swing ala Sean Foley, and he has only been hitting an average of 4 fairways per round, and hasn't won in over two years, and will be playing the first 2 days with McDowell who has literally cleaned his clock the past two years including beating Tiger in a play-off at his OWN tournament, and his life is still a mess,........I'd say he really isn't a factor.

Now that's not saying that the wide fairways and lack of rough at Augusta plus his excellent memories of playing there won't kick-in, but I doubt it. You see, there reasons why I didn't pick him. Sure you can always be sentimental and look back at his record, but it's how he's playing coming in, and I don't find find that to be very well!

8 posted on 04/05/2011 4:38:25 PM PDT by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Doc Savage; 21stCenturion; Ted; Dinah Lord; Textide; bcsco; fhayek; Clint N. Suhks; cincinnati65; ..
There are only 34 Rules Of Golf.

Email me if you want on the Golf Ping List:

Visit PGA.com, an excellent site.

9 posted on 04/05/2011 5:07:52 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Doc Savage

Upset special: Nick Watney.


10 posted on 04/05/2011 5:12:11 PM PDT by GSWarrior (To activate this tagline, please contact the board administrator.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

I don’t know,I like Zach Johnson.


11 posted on 04/05/2011 5:27:20 PM PDT by mdittmar (i)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Thanks for pinging...


12 posted on 04/05/2011 5:32:05 PM PDT by cleveland gop (WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!!! MASTERS WEEK IS HERE!!!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

I tried to post a thread but I keep getting asked to sign in....Thanks!

My picks...
Luke Donald to win
Steve Stricker to lurk and be right there
Phil to fight to defend his title. Will be there on Sunday
Tiger shoots -3, good enough for a top 10 finish!!

Remember a few things. 25 years ago the greatest Sunday in Masters history thanks to Jack! My thoughts are with Seve cause without him in Augusta it kind of leaves an empty feeling....


13 posted on 04/05/2011 5:38:24 PM PDT by cleveland gop (WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!!! MASTERS WEEK IS HERE!!!)
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To: Doc Savage; jessduntno; onedoug; cincinnati65; PISANO; IonImplantGuru; Rummyfan; Aussie Dasher; ...
Phil is in my top five. He loves the course and has such profound respect for the tournament and it's history, his emotional desire gives him an inspiration I don't think the others have. He is one of only four players in history to win the week before the Masters and then follow it up with a Green Jacket. I think he'd like to build on that and be the only one to do it twice. Also, a win would tie him with tiger for Green Jackets. that's the only record where he has a chance to challenge Woods.

Matt Kuchar has always been one of my favorite golfers. He has been a strong contender since his swing change I put him in my top five.

Nick Watney has the game for Augusta. He's a player who hasn't gotten nearly enough credit even with his PGA wins. He's on my list.

Hunter Mahan is on my list because he's Hunter Mahan. I'm afraid his short game won't hold up for four days, but I like him anyway. I hope if he's in contention on the weekend he has the foresight to shave his chin in case he wins. It would be a shame to have that silly faux Van Dyke be his signature for the history books.

Ryan Moore is from my neighborhood and I have met some people who know him from his junior days. When he played as an amateur and finished 11th he was genuinely pissed. He went there expecting to win and he will feel the same this year.

Graeme McDowell has been on the edge since his Ryder Cup performance and strong finish last year. Don't count him out.

---others contenders---

Ernie Els belongs here because he is Ernie Els. He has all the right stuff (except a Green Jacket of his own).

Rory McIlroy hasn't quite lived up to his hype - this could be the time. He certainly has the game according to his pal Padraig Harrington who isn't one of my picks.

I give equal standing to Bubba Watson and Dustin Johnson. They both have long ball distance, amazing shot making ability and when they are feeling the greens they can go low.

Anthony Kim has a bit to prove and he has the game for Augusta. If he's in contention after Friday, he could be a threat.

Kevin Na has been player I've liked since I first saw him play. He's moody, but very talented and can putt lights out.

Justin Rose and Adam Scott are perfect swing robots, but can perform.

Martin Kaymer gets a nod because he's #1 on the world.

Tom Watson is a sentimental favorite of mine who doesn't have four days in him, but I hope he makes it to the weekend for sentimental reasons.



...and then (like noted above) we have to include Tiger, because he's Tiger. But, I don't think he has the mental ability to deal with his swing changes, hi new coach, the media and the fact that he thinks this tournament is about him ...rather than him being a part of MASTERS history.

14 posted on 04/05/2011 6:56:39 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

Phil just became my favorite. Not because of a hunch, but because of having a Spanish themed Champions dinner menu tonight in honor of Seve Ballersteros......
How classy is that?


15 posted on 04/05/2011 7:46:58 PM PDT by cleveland gop (WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!!! MASTERS WEEK IS HERE!!!)
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To: Baynative

I expect Freddie “Boom Boom” Couples to make the cut. I’d love to see him make a sentimental run at the jacket.

Never discount the Tiger but his game isn’t in tune to make the last group.

Who’s left..Phil. What’s the InTrade on PM?


16 posted on 04/05/2011 8:11:41 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Islam is a violent and tyrannical political ideology and has nothing to do with "religion".)
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To: cleveland gop

Phil is and has always been a class act!


17 posted on 04/05/2011 8:16:23 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: dfwgator

I am befuddled that people who love the game of golf find enjoyment in a movie that exploits vandalizing club grounds.


18 posted on 04/05/2011 8:24:28 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

That’s because it’s only a movie.


19 posted on 04/05/2011 8:25:29 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
"That’s because it’s only a movie"

....like "Bowling for Columbine"?

20 posted on 04/05/2011 8:37:20 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Doc Savage

I like Phil. He seems to raise his game for Augusta. If not Phil, I will go far out on a limb here and say whoever it is, it will be a first-time major winner. What’s that leave, forty or fifty players? Kuchar is another one who usually plays well at Augusta.


21 posted on 04/06/2011 1:10:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel
I expect Freddie “Boom Boom” Couples to make the cut. I’d love to see him make a sentimental run at the jacket.

Freddie make the cut yes. But competing over four rounds at his age, even though Augusta and Freddie are a match made in heaven? No. He shoulda won it in 1998! (Took a double-bogey on 13 on Sunday and lost by one shot to Mark O'Meara).

22 posted on 04/06/2011 1:14:43 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: cleveland gop
Phil just became my favorite. Not because of a hunch, but because of having a Spanish themed Champions dinner menu tonight in honor of Seve Ballersteros...... How classy is that?

Very classy, especially when considering that Seve was not exactly that popular among his fellow pros.

23 posted on 04/06/2011 1:16:01 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: ObamaMustGo2012
If Tiger's playing, he's got a good chance especially at a course so suited to him, as Augusta is. I think he will contend, but a couple of bad holes either Saturday or Sunday will do him in (reflecting his off-the-course life?). Regardless, at some point Tiger will be back, he simply has too much talent and is still in his golfing prime.
24 posted on 04/06/2011 1:19:13 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: GSWarrior
And he makes a good beer!


25 posted on 04/06/2011 1:21:15 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Baynative
Ernie Els belongs here because he is Ernie Els. He has all the right stuff (except a Green Jacket of his own).

Unfortunately, I think Ernie's window for winning The Master's - and majors in general - has closed. I would qualify that with this year's US Open at Congressional, where he won in 1997.

26 posted on 04/06/2011 1:23:55 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Baynative
I am befuddled that people who love the game of golf find enjoyment in a movie that exploits vandalizing club grounds.

It... is... only... a... MOVIE!

27 posted on 04/06/2011 1:25:29 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Thanks for the Ping!

Looking forward to the Masters.

I’d like to see Phil win his fourth green jacket.


28 posted on 04/06/2011 10:09:24 AM PDT by Dinah Lord
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To: Baynative
Phil is and has always been a class act!

I know a couple of professional sports photographers who would take issue with that "always been" part.... They say, he used to be a real jackass... but, changed for the better when he got married.

Not really an uncommon story for a LOT of men, I suppose. ;-)

29 posted on 04/06/2011 11:32:19 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: SomeCallMeTim

I can’t wait for the replay of Jack’s ‘86 win... one for the ages.

Sadly, I missed the first part of that day.. had to go with my young wife to her Aunt’s 90th birthday party. I had set the VCR machine before we left. But, when I opened the door to our house, I saw SNOW on the TV... I FREAKED!!

When I got to the right channel, Jack was standing in the fairway at 15, getting ready to start the ROARS!

Little did I know.. four months later, I moved to Augusta. Lived there for two years and loved it. Even before that, it was my FAVORITE tournament... it’s really special to me now.

And now, I can PLAY AUGUSTA NATIONAL on my PS3!!!
FINALLY!! :-)


30 posted on 04/06/2011 11:38:33 AM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in government. If any were, business would hire them)
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To: Doc Savage

I think Mickelson could win again, provided he doesn’t resort to over-using the driver club again (the bane of Mickelson at several US Opens).


31 posted on 04/06/2011 4:37:54 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Doc Savage

I think Mickelson could win again, provided he doesn’t resort to over-using the driver club again (the bane of Mickelson at several US Opens).


32 posted on 04/06/2011 4:38:09 PM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: Doc Savage

I’d love to see Tom Watson shoot under par again. ....like last year.

The winner will be Mickelson. ....like last year.


33 posted on 04/06/2011 4:43:42 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Baynative
like "Bowling for Columbine"?

No, not in the slightest. You see, BFC isn't a comedy.

Comedy -- try it sometime.

34 posted on 04/06/2011 4:51:37 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
You're not the first to suggest I try watching Caddyshack. So, I did. A few minutes was all I could take. I saw neither value, nor comedy. I guess it's just me. Maybe the less sophistication a comedy has the more popular it becomes to the general public. Maybe (also), I don't fit the category of general public.

Actor Bill Murray takes a golf club to plants along the country club walkway and gets belly laughs... I don't get it.

35 posted on 04/06/2011 5:15:01 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative
Maybe the less sophistication a comedy has the more popular it becomes to the general public.

Not necessarily. Quite often less "sophisticated" comedies are total dogs at the box office. It's just that Caddyshack was a particularly good one. Eldrick Woods' favorite film of all time, in fact. And a lot of other golfers who have a great deal of respect for the game love it as well. Just slapstick fun. I suspect it was cathartic viewing for Woods after his quite serious golfing childhood.

36 posted on 04/06/2011 5:24:58 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo
"Eldrick Woods' favorite film of all time..."

Maybe the turd in the swimming pool was a prophetic metaphor for his domestic life.

37 posted on 04/07/2011 7:39:26 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Baynative

lol....good call.

Btw, I wasn’t recommending the film. We all have different tastes, and I suspect you’ve seen enough of the film to know it doesn’t suit yours. And honestly, I really have to be in the mood for it myself — I found it a lot funnier at 16 (when it first was released) than I do now, that’s for sure.

Anyway, back to the Masters. How about Goosen’s eagle on the 1st? And it appears he’s riding that momentum nicely on the front nine.


38 posted on 04/07/2011 9:46:21 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo; Baynative

.....that was before Amen Corner kicked his butt. Bogeys on 11 and 12.

Now young Rory has the lead at -5.


39 posted on 04/07/2011 10:23:54 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo

Let’s not forget Rory did the same thing to open last year’s Masters, then promptly shot 17 strokes higher on Friday.
I don’t see history repeating itself again, though. Great start by Rors again!!


40 posted on 04/07/2011 11:57:34 AM PDT by cleveland gop (WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!!! MASTERS WEEK IS HERE!!!)
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To: cleveland gop

Great start for Kuchar too (now at -5, two shots back). He’s been playing consistently very well for a while now. Wouldn’t surprise me if he’s fitted for a new jacket this weekend.


41 posted on 04/07/2011 12:07:25 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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To: Mr. Mojo; advertising guy

Ian Poulter with 3 straight birdies to jump start his 2nd round. David Feherty and Nick Faldo on TV at 10 AM doesn’t suck too much at all!!

Feherty,” if you can’t get the ball to the top of the 10th green, it won’t stop rolling till you’re in South Carolina!” CLASSIC!


42 posted on 04/08/2011 7:25:34 AM PDT by cleveland gop (WOOOOOOOHOOOOO!!! MASTERS WEEK IS HERE!!!)
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