Masters Forecast Lots of Roars and Rory


It’s hard to pick against Tiger or Phil this week, but keep an eye out for young Rory McIlroy. The 19-year-old from Northern Ireland has all of the shots to win at Augusta National his first time out. More importantly, he’s got the confidence to win at Augusta. He strikes me as a guy who enjoys challenges. He’s comfortable in uncomfortable situations, which is the sign of a champion. Forget about the inexperience factor and this being his first Masters. The Masters is unlike any other major tournament venue because you see it every year. The players know what all the holes look and play like because they’ve been watching the event on TV since they were 5 years old. I don’t think he’ll be intimidated.
This could be the most eagerly anticipated Masters in years. Everything seems to be coming together for golf: Tiger is back healthy again; you’ve got young guns like Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas and McIlroy playing well, and old guys like Fred Couples and Greg Norman in the mix; and Augusta National seems to be making a concerted effort to bring the roars back by shortening a few holes. I think we’ll see some late birdies on Sunday and someone making a charge, which is just the way the Masters should be.