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Sympatico Column: Masters Picks

My Masters picks were up on Sympatico this morning. There’s a sample of the column below.

And if you’re having trouble getting the Masters video feed at work in Canada where the feed off the official website is blocked, I suggest trying fanzone.att.net/golf/masters-player. I mean you even get the tinkly bad muzak that comes with every broadcast. How much better can it get?

Here’s a taste of my Sympatico story, which can be found here. I’m doing pretty well so far, though I don’t expect Tom Watson to be at the top come Sunday. However, I still remember Turnberry…

The Tiger says he’s changed his stripes, but the question is whether limiting his nocturnal proclivities will help or hurt him on the course.

With that in mind, welcome to Masters season, undoubtedly golf’s most watched tournament in 2010 To this point the talk largely focused on Tiger Woods, and his comeback from the sex scandal that has been the centre of intense media scrutiny since his Nov. 27 car accident,
But no one is certain how Woods, who hasn’t played since winning the Australian Masters in November, will deal with the lengthy layoff. Reports from practice rounds “ which is never a good indicator of how well a golfer will play at Augusta “ suggest Woods has been sharp, and that his game has not been hindered by his time away.
British oddsmarkers Ladbrokes have Woods pegged as a 6-to-1 favorite, but those simple numbers seem to overlook the challenge that is now in front of the game’s greatest player. How will he deal with the pressure on and off the course? Will there be distractions? Will he be rusty and start slowly, as he’s done in past Masters?
With that in mind, there are clearly other players who could take advantage of any shortcoming by Woods and slip on the green jacket come Sunday.

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Robert Thompson

A bestselling author and award-winning columnist, Robert Thompson has been writing about business and sports, and particularly golf, for almost two decades. His reporting and commentary on golf has appeared in Golf Magazine, the Globe and Mail, T&L Golf and many other media outlets. Currently Robert is a columnist with Global Golf Post, golf analyst for Global News and Shaw Communications, and Senior Writer to ScoreGolf. The Going for the Green blog was launched in 2004.

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