Drive, Chip, Chip, Chip, Chip, and Putt Competition: In the 39-year-old division, the winner is…
Weather: Best to resign yourself to it now: It’s going to be a wet stop-and-go tournament.
Qualifications for Invitation: There are eighteen ways (nineteen, really, but two are OWGR top 50’s on different dates, and are treated as one) ways to earn an invitation to the Masters. Rory McIlroy qualified in seven ways. Rickie Fowler qualified in six ways. Larry Mize and Ben Crenshaw qualify in only one way: They were past winners.
Tiger Woods qualified in three ways, but he’s since fallen out of the OWGR top fifty, so it will be only two for next year, if nothing changes. The following year, the three year exemption for winning the Players will expire, and he’ll become one of those old guys who qualifies only because he won “way back when.”
Morning Drive, First Segment: Mention Brittany Lincicome in passing, mention J.B. Holmes in passing, obsess over Tiger Woods.
An Exercise for Students: If Dustin Johnson had played the Masters in the middle of his “self-imposed sabbatical,” would there have been speculation about why he was playing the Masters, a non-PGA Tour event? If you answered yes, explain why there is no similar speculation about Tiger Woods.
Six Five: Anirban Lahiri, Thongchai Jaidee, Stephen Gallacher, Thomas Bjorn, and Branden Grace are in the Masters field. Marc Warren missed qualifying by one week; he is in the OWGR top fifty list this week but was not last week, which was the list used to determine qualifiers. (I wonder if jalnichols truly believes James Hahn is a more solid addition to the Masters field than Marc Warren. Or if Ben Crane or Ben Martin is better than Warren. How about Matt Every, whose claim to fame is knowing Bay Hill cold, while missing cuts right and left everywhere else. I guess I’m saying one could come up with a pretty good list of questionable players who won a PGA Tour event and moved up the OWGR list.)
Anyway, Thongchai Jaidee just might have a little surprise ready for the Euro Tour Bashers:
“I feel I’m ready for the upcoming Masters,” Jaidee said. “I’ve had a full month of not playing in tournaments and was instead getting myself ready for the Masters.”
Take that, Brandt Snedeker!
Another Gem From DiMarco: This morning DiMarco said that due to Woods playing in the Masters, Rory is “going for three majors in a row and we’re not really talking about him.” News Flash, Chris: You guys were not talking about McIlroy even prior to Woods entering the field. You intentionally avoid discussing Rory because he’s blowing away your sui generis mythology about Woods. Rory is going for three majors in a row with a major distinction over Woods: Rory is NOT using a special Rock Ishii-engineered distance ball that none of the other players have.