March 28th, 2012 by Kristofer Anderson
With the first major of the year a week away, Tiger Woods finds himself as the realistic favorite in a major for the first time in several years. While the field at the Arnold Palmer was missing some big names, Tiger looked sharp and quickly recovered from mistakes. At Augusta, he may not have the luxury of getting away with those mistakes. Rory McIlroy enjoyed a brief stint as the top ranked player before Luke Donald recaptured it with a playoff win. Never before have so many top players, from so many countries, come into Augusta with so much momentum. The only name missing lately has been Phil Mickelson but he always seems to show up when a green jacket is up for grabs.
So who is the favorite heading down Magnolia Lane? The short answer would be everyone. With young players finally answering the call and winning major championships, it is no longer a slam dunk for Tiger Woods, even if he does have his game back. While he was away, some extremely talented young players showed up. Veterans like Luke Donald and Lee Westwood cemented their place in golf history, and Keegan Bradley proved that rookies can win majors under pressure. If all of the contenders can keep their momentum, golf fans may witness the best major championship in history.