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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Golf gets a needed shot in the arm as Master’s delivers

It’s no secret how much Tiger needed to get back to golf. It’s also no secret how much the game of golf needed Tiger, as documented by the colossal drop in ratings of close to 18% since his hiatus began. In that regard the 2010 Masters Tournament could not have come at a better time delivering multiple storylines and providing enough intrigue to keep golf fans of all ages glued to the their flat screens. Right off the bat when Arnie hit the 18-foot put in the par-3 contest you knew we were in for something special. Then you had the “Golden Guy” Tom Watson, at 60 the oldest player in this Masters, picked up from his amazing ride at last year's British Open with a bogey-free round of 67 that left him tied with Lee Westwood, Phil Mickelson, PGA champion Y.E. Yang and K.J. Choi. On top of that you had “everybody loves Fred” Couples a fan favorite drop a 66 and lead the field by a stroke, a guy that no one would object to being fitted for a green jacket. Lastly, as the headline act, Tiger making his return to the links after a five month hiatus and shooting a 68, his best opening round score since the turn of the century to prove to everyone that “he don’t need no stinkin’ practice”. Two of these stories alone could have carried the day but a combination of them had actually overshadowed the amazing races in both NHL and NBA that tighten each day. Unfortunately the rest of the Nation probably won’t join until the network coverage intervenes on Saturday and if Fred, Tom, Phil, and Tiger are still in the froth at the start of the weekend, rest assured there will be mo’ (and ratings) to put Golf back on the map again. Can Watson pull off another British Open miracle? Does Couples have enough in the bag to consistency to stay on top? Will Tiger regain his old form and put everyone away over the weekend? Let us know here and in any of the quick links.
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