Jason Sobel - March 30, 2012


When it comes to Yani Tseng’s dominance in relation to Tiger Woods, Sobel said that when Tiger was at his peak he would still take the rest of the field but he is taking Yani this week over the field. Yani is actually winning at a better clip right now than Tiger Woods was at his peak. He never bought into the idea of the Tiger Woods intimidation factor and he also does not buy the idea of an intimidation factor with Yani Tseng. But like Tiger, he knows that Yani is really, really good and if she is leading on Sunday, she will have a good chance to win.

When we saw Tiger Woods win tournaments on a regular basis, more often than not he won when he had the lead entering the final round and would not win from behind that often. Sobel doubted that McDowell was intimidated by Tiger in the final round at Bay Hill. Tiger started Sunday with the lead and he ended Sunday with the lead. Closer may be a better word to describe Tiger Woods than intimidator.

Weather delays are a regular occurrence on the PGA TOUR and there have been plenty of memorable ones. His favorite one was from the 2005 PLAYERS which ended late on Monday with a win by Fred Funk. The gift for the media that year was an umbrella and it was presented to media members after the tournament was over.

In his second visit to Friday’s edition of Morning Drive, Sobel began by saying how he and Rex Hoggard will be heading up to Augusta on Sunday to cover Masters Week for GolfChannel.com. They will be staying with a group of golf writers in a house in Augusta which will be a lot of fun. Both of them are considering live tweeting during the entire trip from Orlando to Augusta.

When it comes to Masters favorites, Luke Donald is his favorite to win as Sobel thinks that the time has come for him to finally win a Major. Tiger Woods is second because his putting is suspect enough to keep him from being the #1 favorite. Rory McIlroy is third, Phil Mickelson in fourth, and while there are several players who could be the fifth pick, Brandt Snedeker is fifth on his list as he is playing well this year and has played well at Augusta National in the past.

The 2012 Masters will either be a showdown among the biggest names in golf including Rory, Tiger, Phil, Luke, and others or there will be a number of lesser known players competing for the Green Jacket on the Second Nine on Sunday and he does not see much gray area between those two extremes.