“A Tradition Like No Other”, coined by Jim Nantz of CBS Sports, definitely sums up all aspects of The Masters. It is a tournament rich in tradition and is the most anticipated sporting event in the world! There are so many aspects of The Masters that I bet you cannot just pick three; I know I can’t! With the Honorary Starters ready to do their thing in 24 hours, I was wondering who would be my favorite Masters Pairing.
Of course we could look historically and that would be an easy pick: Harry Vardon and Bobby Jones; then Ben Hogan and Sam Snead; Lastly, Me (The Grateful Golfer) and Phil Mickelson. The first two groups because I have read so much about them and they have shaped the future game of golf. The last group because I think it would be awesome to play a round of golf at Augusta National!
For this year’s Maters field, I have two pairings I would like to see in the last two groups on Sunday! I am not sure it would happen, but it would be fun to watch. The second to last group on Sunday would be Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson. These two playing legends breathing down the necks of the leaders would provide un-measurable excitement. Both would be play the final 9 holes without fear. Their experience and shot making abilities would provide ample opportunity to reach the top of the leaderboard.
The pairing I would like to see in the last group on Sunday is Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed. These two would respond to Sergio and Phil or fold like a house of cards. Rory seems to be an obvious selection, but Patrick Reed? I think that Reed’s pluckiness would inspire McIlroy to play his best. If they played anything like at the last Ryder Cup, The Masters would never be the same!
I realize my choices are not conventional, but what about The Masters is? The field is so strong, that almost any pairing would be fun to watch. On a side note, I am interested to see how Ian Poulter does this weekend after qualifying just a few short days ago. I imagine his emotions are riding very high! So this is my head is at; how about your favorite pairings at this year’s Masters, which group you prefer to watch?