Sunday, April 13, 2008

Was Tiger's Comeback Even Possible?

Tiger entered the final round trailing by six shots. Forgetting for a moment that Woods has never won a major when trailing by any margin after 3 rounds, Tiger would have had to have fired a round of 68 or better to have won his fifth Masters. That was with Immelman shooting 75. Had Immelman come in at even par 72, Woods would have had to have fired 65 to win.

At the beginning of the week, I went on record as saying that the best round possible at Augusta would be 67. Steve Flesch proved me right. Even though Woods is supposedly superhuman at times, I don't think that a 65 was out there. The best round out there on Sunday was 68 by Miguel Angel Jimenez - who got out there early.

This post is not meant to be an excuse for Woods, but rather a lead in to a quote from Phil Mickelson:

Of his 72 he said, "I think it would have been a good round let's say on Thursday or Friday but when you're this far back you've got to shoot something in the 60s, probably the mid-60s." Lefty's always good with the numbers: with a 65, three shots better than the day's best round, he would have won the tournament.
There you have it.

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