Players to root for/against at this weekend's Masters

Published: Wednesday, Apr. 10, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 6C
Last Modified: Thursday, Apr. 11, 2013 - 11:46 am

Everybody wants to see great golf at the Masters. Nobody - at least that they will admit - roots against anyone. But if two expected contenders pull away from the pack on Augusta National's back nine Sunday, it's only human nature to have a preference (you couldn't pull for Nicklaus and Palmer). Chances are good that this year's winner will come from the 20 players listed below. Forced to choose, here's one for/against list in no particular order.

- Steve Pajak



ROOTING FOR ...

Player - Comment

Rory McIlroy - Accessible, accountable, refreshing, human - the anti-Tiger

Brandt Snedeker - Great putter will never be penalized for slow play

Louis Oosthuizen - Just want to hug the little guy - and swing like him

Phil Mickelson - Love him, hate him, love him, hate him ... love him

Matt Kuchar - Has carried his happy-go-lucky ways over from amateur days

Lee Westwood - Englishman has handled major heartbreak with class

Graeme McDowell - Would like to have a beer with him - now there's a compliment

Dustin Johnson - If in contention, there won't be any laying up or backing down

Hunter Mahan - Solid player is deserving of major breakthrough

Rickie Fowler - Reputation exceeds accomplishments, but he's well-grounded



ROOTING AGAINST ...

Player - Comment

Tiger Woods - Among the least interesting men in the world

Luke Donald - Most of the Brits (Rose, Poulter, too) just kind of blah

Adam Scott - Uses a long putter - that's not illegal, but ...

Keegan Bradley - All that freaky twitching ... and uses a long putter

Bubba Watson - Know those guys you're not drawn to but can't articulate why?

Charl Schwartzel - Seems to have forgotten that golf can be fun - call him Snarl

Sergio Garcia - Can't think of one likeable thing about him

Jason Dufner - His indifference, charming last year, is off-putting this year

Webb Simpson - We just can't have a Masters winner use a long putter

Jim Furyk - Quit pretending that you're ready to putt it and putt it already

Call The Bee's Steve Pajak, (916) 326-5526.

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