Masters 2011 Leaderboard: Tiger Woods and the Contenders
Masters Leaderboard: Experience Will Prove Vital on the Weekend
Augusta National has provided some of the most magical, memorable moments in the history of golf. From Sarazen's Double Eagle to Phil's impossible 6-iron Amen Corner never fails to entertain. Who amongst the 2011 Masters leaders can silence the demons and continue to put up red numbers throughout the weekend?
2011 Masters Contenders
Rory McIlroy (-10) Leader through 4: The leader in the clubhouse is ready to become the youngest Masters champion since Tiger Woods. Don't get me wrong McIlroy has blown leads in majors before. He opened the 2010 British Open with a 9-under 63 only to follow it up with a disastrous 80 effectively ending his chances. However, it is often forgotten that he bounced back from that 80 to shoot the best score of the weekend and climb back into 3rd place. Throughout his career the youngster from Northern Ireland has shown an ability to quickly learn from his mistakes as he showed yesterday, backing up his brilliant 7-under opening round with a solid 69. McIlroy is wise beyond his years and his game is undeniable. He will be around on the back 9 on Sunday.
Sergio Garcia (-6) 4 back through 10: This is my darkhorse pick. It is no secret that Garcia has been struggling of late, but his draw is perfect for Augusta and his biggest weakness, putting, will not be exposed by the slower than usual Augusta greens.
Geoff Oglivy (-5) 5 back through 6: Oglivy's ball striking is always sold and he has consistently contended in majors, posting Top-10's in all four of golfs elite tournaments. If he can get a few puts to drop he will be around on Sunday afternoon.
Tiger Woods (-6) 4 back through 5: Its about time isn't it? Saturday will be key for Tiger, ever since his return to competitive golf he has had trouble on the weekends, often shooting himself right out of the tournament with very un-Tiger like over par scores. But, Augusta might be just the place for Tiger to get his Mojo back, slower than usual greens and limited rough will help make it possible for El Tigre to make a run at the leaders. If Tiger can shoot in the 60's today, look out world.
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