Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Why Zach Johnson 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 noon-time we're looking at defending champion Zach Johnson.
Sure, defending your Masters title isn't that easy. I know only Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Nick Faldo have done it since 1934, but that just goes to show that it can be done. With Zach Johnson winning three times last year, you have to believe he isn't just a flash in the pan. How can Zach pull off that awkward situation where he has to actually give the green jacket to himself and then fake handshake with himself?
Wedge it Like it's Hottt - How did he win last year? He hit his damn wedges close all week long. I mean, close close. Like, hit them really close to the pin.
See-MORE - I'm pretty sure See More putters should just send Zach Johnson frozen steaks once a week for the rest of his life. The guy broke out the Payne Stewart putter and rolled the ball better than anyone else in the field. He will have to bring that same feel, which he almost always does.
Hope for Hard Conditions - Last year, the course played hard as hell and he won. If Augusta plays tough again, it will only help guys like Zach who make a ton of pars, not many bogeys and not a lot of eagles.
I was thinking about what I wrote earlier that Zach would have to finagle some weird "help yourself put the green jacket on as the previous winner" and I found a solution for Zach. Just see if Jesus can put it on you.