Tiger Woods Wins 5th Green Jacket!

It was a Masters for the ages. After 11 years without a Major win, Tiger Woods (-13) makes a strong effort in his Sunday Reds to win the 2019 Masters.

With this win, he takes home his 5th Green Jacket and 15th Major Championship Victory. Now being only 3 back from Jack Nicholas’s record of 18.

Welcome back Tiger!

PREVIEW: The Masters

Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s everyone’s favorite weekend of the year. The Masters from Augusta National Golf 1456282243350Course in Augusta, Georgia. This week brings back memories like Tiger’s fist pump after holing a chip that hung on the lip of the cup on 16 after missing the green in the final round or Bubba buried deep in the trees in the second hole of the playoffs and coming out on top. For those lucky enough to have been there throughout the years, you can still see the beauty, hear the crowd, smell perfection and feel the energy.

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Let’s talk about the field this year. As always, the Masters is stacked with the top golfers in the world. From Phil to Tiger and Thomas to Rory, we should expect this year to be fun again. Last year brought us Patrick Reed, who at 28 years of age, had only 6 PGA tournament wins, but had been knocking on the door of a major win for the past 2 years when he won the Green Jacket. Reed was never and still isn’t a superstar of the sport, but his win in 2018 and Danny Willetts win in 2016 show that anyone can win at Augusta given the right conditions. For this years tournament, I think we are going to see all the big names at the top.

This year, we have already seen wins from big names like Justin Rose (Farmers Insurance Open), Rickie Fowler (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Phil Mickelson (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am), Dustin Johnson (WGC-Mexico Championship) and Rory McIlroy (THE PLAYERS Championship). All of those men have already tasted victory this year and are poised to carry that success into Augusta National this week.

What names are we missing from that list? Good question… Elite players like Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth just to name a few. These men are on the outside looking in for wins this season, but that just might be enough to make them want to win.

What does Vegas think? Here are the top 10 in the eyes of Vegas:

  • Rory McIlory (7/1)
  • rory-mcilroy-sentry-toc-2019-preview.jpgDustin Johnson (10/1)
  • Justin Rose (12/1)
  • Tiger Woods (14/1)
  • Rickie Folwer (16/1)
  • Jon Rahm (18/1)
  • Justin Thomas (18/1)
  • Francesco Molinari (22/1)
  • Jordan Spieth (22/1)
  • Brooks Koepka (25/1)

Honorable Mention:

  • Jason Day (28/1)
  • Bubba Watson (33/1)
  • Phil Mickelson (40/1)

Now that you know what Vegas is thinking, lets bring in the experts from Soft7Sports.com to see what they are thinking:

My pick:

  • Wheat – Rory McIlory (7/1)

Why Rory? Well, to be honest, it’s his time. He is the only player in the past 5 years to finish in the top 10 every year. He is having the best putting season of his career which plays a huge roll at Augusta National. He won THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this year. And finally, as he said in a press conference earlier this week, he as refocused how he comes into playing the Masters tournament saying that he no longer puts the pressure on himself that he “needs” to win, but that he “wants” to win. Hopefully Rory can pull it off and enter the golfing elite with a career Grand Slam.

How do I watch?

Thursday and Friday:

  • 3-7:30pm on ESPN

Saturday:

  • 3-7pm on CBS

Sunday:

  • 2-7pm on CBS
  • 7pm – Green Jacket ceremony on CBS

Everyday:

  • Morning Drive and Live from the Masters on Golf Channel
  • Feature Groups, Amen Corner live feed and more on Masters.com

Find your La-Z-Boy and upgrade your TV, it’s time for the Masters!

PREVIEW: Farmers Insurance Open

Ladies and Gentlemen…it’s that time of year again! Just the other day, I saw ESPN air their first promo for their weekday coverage of the Masters in April and, to be honest, I almost started to cry. This means that it is time to start tuning our new 4k TVs into CBS to hear Jim Nantz and his crew every Saturday and Sunday as CBS kicks off its coverage of the 2019 golf season with the Farmers Insurance Open.

Every week, before large tournaments, I will break down everything you need to know about the upcoming event. This includes tournament stats, player information, Vegas and expert picks, TV information, plus my personal thoughts.

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The Farmers Insurance Open is held at the historic and beautiful Torrey Pines South Course in San Diego, California from January 24-27th, 2019. Torrey Pines South Course is a 7,698 yard par 72 course known for its narrow fairways, many bunkers, thick rough and small greens. This years purse is $7.1 million which is in the lower 50% of purses.

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Last year at the Farmers Insurance Open, Jason Day won in an exciting 6-hole playoff against Alex Noren.

This is shaping up to be an interesting weekend with a cast of stars from young to old. Big in the media has been that this is Tiger Wood’s first tournament of the season. This is after a good season where Tiger won the Tour Championship and even finished 8th in the money list at the end of the season. The Farmers Insurance Open is also a big deal with Tiger because of what he has been able to do on the course. He was won the event 7 times and has even won the 2008 US Open that was held on the same course. Though, as mentioned above, this course requires you to hit the ball straight and be accurate around the green which is not  good for how Tiger finished last year, finishing 82nd in greens in regulation and 127th in driving accuracy percentage. With the Tiger talk out of the way, we turn our sights towards other major contenders with big names like Rory McIlroy, Jason Day, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler. But even lesser known names like Jon Rahm, Tony Finau, and Xander Schauffele.

Here are the Power Rankings for the 2019 Farmers Insurance Open from PGATOUR.com’s Rob Bolton:

  1. Justin Rose (12-1)
  2. Marc Leishman (25-1)
  3. Jason Day (14-1)
  4. Tony Finau (20-1)
  5. Brandt Snedeker (33-1)
  6. Jon Rahm (7-1)
  7. Tiger Woods (11-1)
  8. Rory McIlroy (14-1)
  9. Alex Noren (55-1)
  10. Patrick Cantlay (33-1)
  11. J.B. Holmes (66-1)
  12. Gary Woodland (20-1)
  13. Charles Howell III (20-1)
  14. Cameron Smith (40-1)
  15. Emiliano Grillo (45-1)

My pick is on Tiger Woods (11-1) to come away with his 8th Farmers Insurance Open win. His swag coming into his first 2019 start is on point and should make the rest of the field scared. I think he can turn around his bad stats from the end of last year and get the victory on a course he is familiar with. I expect for defending champ Jason Day (14-1) and Jon Rahm (7-1) to make big runs. Also look for Scott Stallings (200-1) to be on the leader board.

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TV Coverage

  • Thursday (Rd. 1)
    • Golf Channel: 3-7pm ET
  • Friday (Rd. 2)
    • Golf Channel: 3-7pm ET
  • Saturday (Rd. 3)
    • Golf Channel: 1-2:45pm ET
    • CBS: 3-6pm ET
  • Sunday (Rd. 4)
    • Golf Channel: 1-2:45pm ET
    • CBS: 3-6pm ET

Featured Groups

  • Tiger Woods, Xander Schauffele, Tony Finau
    • Thursday, 1:40pm ET
    • Friday, 12:30pm ET
  • Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Rory McIlroy
    • Thursday, 1:30pm ET
    • Friday, 12:20pm ET
  • Jon Rahm, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Day
    • Thursday, 12:30pm ET
    • Friday, 1:30pm ET
  • Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Billy Horschel
    • Thursday, 12:40pm ET
    • Friday, 1:40pm ET