>With all due respect to the Shell Houston Open, the end of their tournament marks the beginning of one of the truly great periods in all of sports: Masters Week. This morning the pairings are out, and here are the groups I’ll be paying close attention to (all times are ET):
8:40 AM – Watney, Scott, and DJ. All young big hitters who have won recently. Other than Phil and Tiger, Dustin is probably getting as much press as just about anyone this week.
9:13 AM – VanPelt, Wilson, and Laird. Bo is a great ball striker who I’ve been a fan of for some time, and Wilson and Laird are winners this year.
9:24 AM – Day, McIlroy, and Fowler. For not having won yet, there sure is a lot of talk about Rickie. Rory’s game fits Augusta like a hand in glove.
10:19 AM – Kuchar, Kaymer, and Westwood. If you had to pick one group to bet money on to win, this might be it.
10:41 AM – Woods, McDowell, Allenby. There are a lot of questions about whether Tiger can win this event this year, with the way he’s been playing. In my mind he most definitely can! Having said that, McDowell is probably my favorite to win it all. He’s playing well, and he thrives under pressure.
12:53 PM – Stricker, Donald, Couples. Many are picking Luke to win, and Freddie is always going to be dangerous. If anyone’s going to “Pull a Jack” this year, he’s it.
1:59 PM – Woodland, Quiros, Vegas. Between the three of them they may average a combined 1,000 yards in driving distance.
Keep’em in the short stuff.