Golf Channel on NBC Analyst Mark Rolfing is in Augusta, Georgia for the 76th Masters Tournament. On Thursday, he said that he thought the wedge players would be able to take advantage and they did. Rolfing thinks that that will continue to be the case this morning but could change as the conditions dry out and the course becomes more firm and fast. But for right now, wedge players still have an advantage.
The pressure involved at Augusta National is so different from any other tournament anywhere and Lee Westwood will have to return to his original routine if he will have any chance to win. He is a great position after 18 holes and Rolfing thinks that he can stay there.
Mickelson looked very uncomfortable all day on Thursday and it was a surprise that he finished with a 74 when he could have easily shot a much higher score. He was very impressed at how resilient some of the world’s best players were at a place that offers some very challenging stretches of holes.
After day one, he still feels that Rory McIlroy is the favorite to win. He may not be in the lead, but he is a good position and he showed how well he can bounce back after starting with a double bogey but finishing with a pair of birdies.
Today, Phil Mickelson will have to get off to a quick start in order to build some momentum because he is behind as he starts the final round seven shots back. This is the day where he can put himself back into contention or keep himself out of contention for the year.
Steve Stricker is a player who has a plan for Augusta National and seems to know how to play the course regardless of how anyone else plays the course. He has a lot of experience and is an incredible short game player and Mark thinks that Stricker will be in contention well into the weekend.