Hello, friends, and welcome to the 75th edition of The Masters…I’m Jim Nantz. We come to you today from sunny Augusta, GA, where the azaleas are in full bloom and the memories of past tournaments
are echoing throughout the Georgia pines. Unlike many past tournaments, this year’s competition lacks a true favorite. With the golfing world still upside down from the fall of Tiger and the rise of the
young bucks, we find ourselves staring at a weekend that could possibly be dominated by some relative unknowns.
Reminds me a bit of our friends up in beautiful Kendallville, IN. With the historic Kendallville Open less than 45 days away, the role of clear cut favorite seems to be blurring. Could it be Mike R., reigning four time champion? His game seems to be in fine shape but who can really tell when he only plays par 58s in the off season. We get reports out of Michigan that White James, who pulled his best Greg Norman choke impression at tKO IV, has been working on his game through the late Winter sleet and snow of the Mitten State. His drive seems to be as strong as it’s ever been. Flying under the radar is last year’s runner-up, Rich B. A relatively quiet off season has the field worried that he might be another dark horse candidate for the title. All of them will be gunning for another seat in the cherished Sunday Cart, along with many of the expanded field at this year’s event.
It’s sure to be a memorable week here at Augusta National. And if past history serves, come May 22nd, we’re sure to have a 72 hole putt to determine the champ at tKO V. Good luck to all in your final preparations, we’re looking forward to another great year.
Signing off, Jim Nantz.