For the rest of the day I will be randomly presenting different top-notch golfers and explaining why these guys have a chance to win the Masters over anyone else in the field. Mostly, this will just be stupid "stats" that really don't matter once the golfers tee it up Thursday morning. To recap, skip everything I'm about to write. This morning is fellow Wildcat Jim Furyk.
To be honest, Jim Furyk has never really scorched Augusta National. I mean, his best finish is a fourth place showing in 1998 and 2003 (what a hack!). Anyway, a "model of consistency," Furyk has battled some injuries that has removed him from the elite golfer conversation but that could all change with a pretty green jacket.
Arizona alumni - Look at Arizona Wildcat sports the last few years and you'll know exactly what I'm talking about. The basketball team wins big games, the football team makes bowl game after bowl game, and the softball team is awesome (ok, so that one is true). What all this means, is if one school can create a champion at Augusta, it's
Have it your Way - Furyk always does things a little different around the golf course. His swing is like a guy with no bone structure trying to flag down a cab, his putting stroke has more hesitations than a Kobe pump-fake and even his grin is a little Scrooge-esque. The good thing about this is to win at Augusta, sometimes you have to do things a little different. Zach Johnson took this approach last year and it seemed to work out pretty well for him.
Experience - I know this is boring, but it is probably as as important as anything that comes with major championship. Three top-10s and only one missed cut since 1996.
(Also, if your caddy wears a Jerry Jeff Walker t-shirt under his Augusta caddy bib, you get extra kudos points in my book.)