Rymer, Chamblee, Nobilo offer thoughts on Masters


Golf Channel analysts broadcast quotes – 'Live From the Masters' Tuesday, April 3

Golf Channel analyst Charlie Rymer on Hunter Mahan:

Charlie Rymer: I do think Tiger Woods is the best American player, but I think Hunter Mahan, at No. 4 in the world, is in a spot that is very well deserved. If you look at what Hunter has done, he has taken it to that next level.  Five wins now on the PGA Tour. Two of those are WGC wins. Three Presidents Cups and two Ryder Cups. He is driving the ball as well as anyone on the planet. He is under the radar, and I think he is a very dangerous player this week.

Golf Channel analyst Brandel Chamblee on Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods:

Rich Lerner: How would a McIlroy victory [this week at the Masters] change the perception of Rory McIlroy?

Brandel Chamblee: I don’t think it would change it, and we only tread lightly because we look at Tiger Woods now knowing that he has won 14 major championships. But the comparison of Tiger Woods at 22 years old to a 22-year-old Rory McIlroy is not dubious. In fact, Rory McIlroy is ahead of the pace in major championships that Tiger Woods was setting when he had played in 13 major championships like Rory McIlroy has played in. Rory McIlory has slept on more leads in 13 majors than Tiger Woods had slept on. Rory McIlroy has a win, three third-place finishes and a 10th place finish. That is a better record than Tiger Woods had. He hasn’t won as many tournaments, but only by two. He leads the PGA Tour in scrambling, third-round scoring average, fourth-round scoring average and a mind-boggling amount of statistics. Just like Tiger Woods did in 1997. So who knows what Tiger Woods has got in store for us this week, or for Rory for the rest of his career. Perhaps Rory wins 14 majors.

Golf Channel analyst Notah Begay on Tiger Woods:

Steve Sands: Tiger Woods winning at Bay Hill makes this Masters…what?

Notah Begay: It makes it extremely exciting. One of the things that has been established through the happenings in Tiger Woods’ life the last couple of years is that all of the players at the top, they are no longer afraid of him. He doesn’t have that aura of intimidation when he steps on the first tee, and that really bodes well for some of these young players as they start to converge on the No. 1 ranking. I think that is where everyone wants to be and I think that is what this event sets up for the rest of the year. There is going to be this big fight over the major championships to see who can be No. 1.

Golf Channel analyst Frank Nobilo on the world No. 1 ranking:

Frank Nobilo: When Tiger Woods was world No. 1, everybody took notice. When Tiger Woods was world No. 1 and had just won, we took notice. Sadly, we’re missing a guy that is world No. 1, and in his last start also won. That is Luke Donald. And he is the best player in the world.

('Live From the Masters' continues Wednesday with a primetime edition from 6-8 p.m. ET, recapping all of the days’ action and preparing viewers for Thursday’s opening round from Augusta, Ga.)