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    baxter cepeda

    It was pretty ugly, but again, not to sound crazy here, but it’s not as bad as it looks.

    I mean tiger had a 66 purposely playing the wrong shots for the course; unless he decided that day to respect this tournament by playing this course as intended; instead of this silliness of a Masters practice round 3000+ miles away from Magnolia Lane.

    That strategy may have worked circa 2000 but with so few competitive reps, tiger needed to focus on the event at hand.

    If anyone should play Houston, it’s tiger. But I don’t see it happening. I always like the idea of tiger settling in at Augusta up to a week early. Enjoy the club. Play a lot. Get super comfortable.
    Crying out loud: Get off the range and your home courses.

    Phil should take a week off. Maybe Lick some wounds. He’s played enough. He has the confidence from the wins on the Champions tour and the lessons learned from the debacles at Sherwood and elsewhere on tour. But again, lefty too had a nice round in the mid 60s. So you never know.

    Consistency is the main issue.

    While It turned out The legends Didn’t really have an advantage at renovated Sherwood, that won’t be the case at Augusta.

    Then again, it will be a completely different time of year, no fans, colder weather, and so forth. But still, tiger and Phil’s advantages at Augusta are very real.

    I’m not feeling as bold as last week (on tiger) but I’m just saying, there’s a chance for both of them, albeit very small right now.

    The thing is they are getting nice odds. At +2200 for tiger and +6000 for Lefty. That’s definitely worth putting down a few bucks for those betting folks out there. Imo.

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      Tom Edrington

      Baxter, you’re better off just heading to the casino and plop the same dollars down on red or black, quick playoff. What may really hamper Tiger will be the cooler temperatures, you need to factor that into your equation, cooler weather renders Tiger, well, his body doesn’t respond well….’nuff said. As for Lefty, too many Devil Balls, always there, the price is more costly on regular tour and majors than in the old guy events.

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        baxter cepeda

        No doubt temperature is a huge factor for tiger.

        Maybe he dodges bad weather.

        But keep in mind Last year ended up being a pretty cool Masters at times. Also zozo japan was cool I believe. Didn’t stop tiger from winning those two events.

        It’s not impossible for tiger to succeed in somewhat cold weather; he just needs to get in that groove he had at zozo masters wins. Both were very relaxed. Very within himself.

        If he plays well at the Masters it’s just one morning mostly to worry about temperature. The other 3 rounds in the afternoon would be ok.


          Tom Edrington

          November in Georgia can be somewhat unpredictable — you’re hoping for an “Indian Summer” temperature it can also drop into the 40s….we shall see

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