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April 11, 2010 9:04 AM

Westwood Wins, While Tiger Whines...

awest.jpgJust wanted to open The Grill Room today to offer our patrons in Europe who have been up late watching the Masters the past few nights a complimentary Bloody Mary, and a bit of good news where the green jacket is concerned.

While you drink up, we'll tell you quickly how it will go today:
The winner of the Masters will come from the last group; Tiger will make a little noise, and then a lot more when he drops an F-Bomb 'round about the 14th hole; and Hunter Mahan and Ian Poulter will put together gallant runs, before running out of turf down the stretch.   

And isn't it nice to see that absolutely nothing has changed with Tiger Woods? We're talking about the good and the bad that's bundled too tightly in Nike's chosen one. 

OK, quickly, here's how we see the final round today:

Lee Westwood (pictured) will win because for one thing, we picked the gap-toothed Brit right behind Ernie Els before the tournament started, so we can't give up on ourselves, or Lee, now.

Tee to green, he's been the best player on the course the first three days. He is absolutely pounding his drives and hitting his irons ridiculously pure. Those two things nicely mask the only weakness in his game, those touchy little shots around the greens. Westwood has been a lurker of the lead in several majors recently, and this time will close the deal with a closing 69.

The polite fans at Augusta will grudgingly give him his due, while their favorite son, Lefty, comes ever so close...

Has there ever been three successive iron shots struck in the major heat of battle better than the ones Phil Mickelson ripped of Saturday on Nos. 13, 14, and 15? After the shot on 15, I pulled myself up off my couch and gave him a standing O. I have not done that since Nicklaus ran home that putt on No. 17, 24 years ago.

It's nice to see Phil has discovered his game and some joy this week, but his final-round 69 will leave him one behind Westbrook, but ahead of Darth Vader...

The guy can still whine and grind better than anybody out there. Tiger somehow turned a 75 into a 70 Saturday. He's still in it, but unless he starts driving the ball better and onto the wide-open Augusta fairways, he won't be for long. A final-round 71 gets him a top-5 finish, while his boorish behavior will continue to lose him fans by the thousands.  

Just for fun, Poulter and Mahan, ball-striking wonders both, will knock a mess of irons stiff, but will finish two noses off the the pace as they run out of holes down the stretch. I would not be surprised if one, or both, threw a 66 or a 67 at the course to make it interesting, though.      

And what about Fred Couples? It's just too much to ask of Mr. Aw-Shucks.
Augusta is one of the toughest courses in the world to walk, and Couples and that balky back of his will relent somewhere over the final holes.
Of course, we said that about Watson at the Open Championship last year, and we all know he never went away until the ill-fated playoff.

We would love nothing better than to be wrong again.

Now drink up, and enjoy the tournament unlike any other.

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