Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Why Retief Goosen Will Win the Masters


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 afternoon we're looking at Retief Goosen.

Talk about picking your poison - Retief Goosen has won six times on Tour, twice being U.S. Opens. He burst onto the golf scene with the Southern Hills three-putt into the playoff, but kept it together and won the thing. Now he's got those South African eyes on the Masters. Should the field be worried?

Come Close Much? - Goosen has been straight skizlow at the Masters the last three years (Did I just sound like Stuart Scott?). Retief's last three years have been a tie for third, tie for third, tie for second. Only Tiger Woods has knocked out a better stretch the last three tournaments.

What Goes Down Must Come Up...Ehh, or something like that - It's true, Retief hasn't won a tournament since 2005. The good news, he finished in second place at the World Golf Championships at the end of March, which has to bode well for Retief camp.

Cool, Calm, Collected, Cool - The bunker play at Southern Hills is the best example for how this guy can handle a day he didn't bring the A-Game. He never seems to get rattled and is pretty much "major-made." I don't know another golfer I'd take in the final group with Tiger, having to climb a ladder against the world's best closer (Note: Still think Tiger would win if this was the case).

Maxx Wolfson, THE Man, Getty Images

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