AUGUSTA — I’ll take a shot here: Phil Mickelson.
The Brits, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, are at the top of the Masters’ leaderboard at 8-under-136. Tiger Woods is only two shots back and his galleries dwarf all others combined. Oldies Fred Couples and Tom Watson are hanging on.
Notice how nobody is talking about Mickelson?
He has put together two solid rounds: 67 and 71. He knows Augusta National as well as anybody, this being his 18th Masters. He has won twice and has six other top five finishes. Mickelson, whose wife has been battling breast cancer over the past year, has not had a great season: one top 10 finish, at Pebble Beach, in seven tournaments. But his game is rounding into shape here and his putting has been strong.
“I’m two back, I’m in third place and I feel like I’m right on the cusp of having a really good round,” he said. “I’ve putted and rolled the ball so good these last few days and caught so many lips, as soon as a couple of those 12-, 15-footers start to fall, I think I can get in the mid-60s.”
If I’m picking one, Woods’ strong play notwithstanding, I’m going with Mickelson. He tees off today at 2:15 with Y.E. Yang.
Do you agree, or are you looking at somebody else to win this weekend?