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    baxter cepeda

    Obviously it’s borderline dumb to be bullish on Tiger this year (as i was las year).

    But if there is anyone on that short list of players whom can contend and possibly win at Augusta out of nowhere, it’s obviously Tiger.

    That early start would be more of a concern if it was colder but it seems it won’t be this week despite the rain.

    Starting on the back 9 super early could favor tiger. Stick with me here. He basically needs to par 10-12. You can make a case 1-3 puts players under pressure to start -2 under, especially now that guys are driving it onto 3 with 3 woods. Obviously 2 is a par 5, or a par 4 in Brysons personal par of 67 for Augusta. Aside from the 4 par 5s I think the extra shot under par for Bryson is hole 3 because it’s easily driveable for him.
    Anyhow Tiger will be able to attack 1-3 better later in the morning. He also seems to be steadier off the tee on 10 than 1.

    I’m just saying, it could help to start on the back, and yes, There’s a chance, as dumb as it may seem.

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      Tom Edrington

      I think it helps no one to start off 10, 10 and 11 are two really tough holes, you know that Baxter, no way to spin that. Thursday is the day that could see a lengthy weather delay, any delay for Tiger would really hurt him, he’s not of the age where he can start, go wait for an hour then go back out…that’s a given.

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        baxter cepeda

        12 is probably the toughest to play so early in the day; everyone will need to deal with a back 9 start.

        Let’s hope the weather is better than expected. Tiger can handle some delays, I’m not as patient.


          Tom Edrington

          Thursday is going to be very, very iffy, there will be weather problems on Thursday, hopeful for rest..

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        baxter cepeda

        Well well well.
        Tiger started with a smooth even par on 10-12 and then nice and warmed up —even after a rain delay— he birdied hole 1, where he usually snaps one into the left trees; instead playing the 1-3 stretch at -1 under; tiny disappointment with no birdie at 2 but he still scored in that stretch.
        I’m not saying ‘I told you so’ but I am saying this was the prediction to a tee.


          Tom Edrington

          Baxter, no gloating allowed until after 3 p.m. on Sunday!

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