GolfChannel.com Senior Writer Jason Sobel is in Augusta, Georgia for the 76th Masters Tournament. Luke Donald was close to being disqualified after his first round at one point as there was some confusion. Donald made a bogey 5 on the fifth hole and his playing partners agreed that Donald made that score but when the scorecard was faxed, the 5 looked like a 3 and it took some time to settle the issue.
He wonders if Lee Westwood can make the important putts when he has to and he wonders this in every Major where Westwood is in contention to win. While he would love to see Westwood make a 10 foot putt to win The Masters, he still wonders if that would happen because he would like to see Westwood have that opportunity to win his first Major.
Sobel ranked the entire field for the 2012 Masters on GolfChannel.com and before the tournament started, he admitted that he underrated Peter Hanson and Hanson’s first round 68 proves that he indeed made a mistake. Sobel would not be surprised to see Hanson win The Masters as he has played incredibly well and could well be this year’s Charl Schwartzel.
Rory McIlroy opened with a first round 71 and Sobel feels very encouraged especially with the fact that Rory closed with birdies on 17 and 18 after starting with a double bogey on the hole number 1. That first round performance shows that Rory is over what happened at Augusta National in 2011 and Sobel thinks that Rory will be in contention this weekend.
In his second visit to Friday’s Morning Drive, Jason Sobel began by saying that he was unable to explain who Hank Foley or Sean Haney is. Tiger Woods at the end of his round on Thursday said that his swing was a cross between his swing with Hank Haney and his swing with Sean Foley. Because of that split, Tiger never felt comfortable at Augusta National on Thursday.
Phil Mickelson made a triple bogey 7 on the 10th hole on Thursday after driving his ball left into the trees and 100 patrons could not find the ball. Phil showed that he could be resilient as he finished with 74 but needs a strong round today.
If the wind continues to blow, Zach Johnson could become a Masters favorite as he proved that he can win The Masters in 2007 when the wind was blowing. Jason Dufner is another American who could be in contention on the weekend. He played very well in the PGA Championship and has played well all year on the PGA TOUR. Sobel said that it would be fun to see Dufner and Keegan Bradley paired together on the weekend and because of their similar scores, that could indeed happen.