I've had the incredible privilege of covering Super Bowls, Final Fours, BCS National Championships, and the Stanley Cup Finals, but, for me, all of those events take a back seat to The Masters.
And I'm especially looking forward to this year, given how the game's biggest names are playing as the tournament begins.
Tiger Woods is once again ranked number one in the world, and is playing at a level that resembles his top form from years ago. It's hard to believe its been nearly five years since his last major victory, and eight years since he wore his last green jacket.
But he's an overwhelming favorite to end that drought this year. He seems to have tremendous confidence in his swing and short game, and if that continues for four days its nearly impossible that he will be beaten.
Certainly a Woods victory attracts the largest audience, but the public also loves Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy. Mickelson had a strong showing in Houston two weeks ago, and Augusta National is where he's most comfortable. If he's able to trust his new putting grip through Sunday there is no question he should be in contention.
Meanwhile, after a very disappointing start to the season, McIlroy comes to Augusta with a solid second place finish in San Antonio this past week. His change to Nike equipment and long break from the game made his game suffer for months, but recently there have been huge positive signs. He seems to have regained the confidence we saw in Kiawah Island at the PGA Championship, when he coasted to victory.
Any combination of those three contending would be a wonderful story to cover.
I mean no disrespect to recent winners like Trevor Immelman, Angel Cabrera, or Charl Schwartzel but they come nowhere close to moving the needle like Woods, Mickelson, and McIlroy. So the fact that all three will tee off Thursday with confidence (especially Tiger) should make for appointment television by Sunday afternoon.
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