2-time PGA TOUR winner Paul Goydos has played in the Masters Tournament twice and is an analyst this week for Golf Channel’s Live From The Masters coverage. Looking at Fred Couples who is 52 years old and tied for the lead, Goydos is most impressed with how good he is at his age. Today he plays as well as the best players in the world and Goydos knows this from personal experience. He thinks that Couples will have a chance to win on Sunday if the scores stay where they are.
One of the big questions this week is how Rory McIlroy will handle The Masters this year after what happened in 2011. However, Jason Dufner is not getting as much attention for bouncing back after a collapse late in the 2011 PGA Championship. Goydos thinks that everyone should watch Dufner this weekend and thinks that he will be in contention.
It is amazing to see how many players are missing the green at 18 to the left which is where you cannot be. The weather and soft conditions may have an impact but if you hit it in the left bunker by the 18th green, it almost guarantees a bogey.
Phil Mickelson is three shots back and while that is not a big deficit, there are a lot of players between him and the lead and Phil has to play well on Saturday while at the same time hope that a player like Jason Dufner does not go low as well because it would negate any gains he hoped to make in the third round.
Tiger Woods is 8 shots back entering the weekend and there are a lot of players between him and the lead. Goydos said that he thinks that Tiger seems to dislike bad golf more than he likes good golf. He was great at Bay Hill but he has not been swinging well at all this week. If Tiger shoots 65 today, chances are the conditions will be so nice that a lot of players will go low too and negate any gains that Tiger could have hoped to make. Tiger seems to be playing golf swing and not golf but unfortunately you cannot switch that routine on and off at random. Apathy, not anger, means that you do not like something. He certainly cares about how he plays and he is certainly getting frustrated at his state of play right now. We saw joy when Tiger won at Bay Hill which suggests that Tiger still has joy in golf.
You see excitement when you see Bubba Watson and if you want to watch someone having fun playing golf, you should watch Bubba Watson. He is playing very consistent golf for someone who is not very consistent in many ways and it would be great for golf if he were to win The Masters this weekend.