Bubba Watson can charm and confound. He wields a pink driver yet often shies from attention. He runs hot and cold. One year after his signature victory at Augusta, he returns as a misunderstood champion.
Mike Weir has won only twice since the 2003 Masters, the latest in 2007, and his brand of precision golf has abandoned him. He missed the cut in all 14 tournaments he entered in 2012, and his Tour privileges have been reduced to playing out of the “past champion” category.
Given his early brilliance there, his 1-for-10 and 0-for-7 sound like factual errors, if not something out of Alex Rodriguez’s last postseason. Rather, they are indicators that Augusta has indeed been Tiger-proofed.
Many European professionals playing in this week’s Masters should say a quiet thank you to Seve Ballesteros. Without him, they might not be playing at Augusta National this week says our Alistair Tait.
Tiger Woods has experienced some of his greatest moments at the Masters, and contended even when his career has been in turmoil. Here’s how Woods has fared in each of his 18 appearances at Augusta National: