Tomorrow commences the greatest and most prestigious event in golf. There isn't a golf fan in the world that will not be glued to the TV this weekend.
Tiger Woods, fresh off of his first PGA Tour victory in nearly three years, will be looking to capture his first major since 2008. Furthermore, he is one win shy of tying Jack Nicklaus for second all time in PGA wins (73).
Here are some last-minute predictions for Tiger's performance at the Masters.
In 2012, golf fans have finally been able to catch a glimpse of the "old" Tiger.
Woods is currently ranked first on the PGA in Total Driving, which combines driving distance with driving accuracy (how often a drive stays in the fairway).
It's no secret that to be successful at the Masters, one must keep the ball out of the rough, which is brutal at Augusta.
Tiger will do just that, and will finish top 5 in Total Driving for the tournament.
At Bay Hill, Tiger was hitting greens like it was 1997. On Sunday, he hit his first 10 greens of the day (which propelled him to victory) and he was second in total greens in regulation.
It is safe to expect much of the same from Tiger this weekend. Sean Foley has been working vigorously with Tiger on his ball-striking, which has led to an increase in distance and a decrease in distance control.
Two weeks ago, it all finally came together.
Since the debacle, nothing has been more erratic in Tiger's game than his putting. He was misreading putts on a regular basis, and his speed was inconsistent to say the least.
Bay Hill was just what the doctor ordered. His lag putts were nearly perfect, and he was making those five-footers that he used to sink in his sleep. His stroke looks much more confident, which is something you could not have said a few months ago.
Be prepared for plenty of vintage Tiger fist pumps at Augusta.
This is it.
It has been nearly four years since Tiger was able to celebrate a major victory, and this streak will finally come to an end on Sunday. His confidence is soaring and he is finally comfortable with his game.
Tiger wants this one, badly. Winning the Masters is the most prestigious honor in golf, and there is no better place than Augusta to prove to the world that he is still golf's greatest.