These Practice Round Photos Reveal Who’s Going to Win the Masters
It all comes down to who can stay in the zone
What’s the key to winning the Masters? Getting in the zone—and then staying in it for four consecutive days. As everybody knows, the best way to remain in the zone is to get there early and make yourself comfortable. To see which golfers were able to park their carts in the zone before the Masters even started, we need only look at photos from the week’s practice rounds and par three play.
When does someone take off their glasses? When they mean business. Clearly, Lee Westwood is in the zoning business. Finishes -4.
Power strut. Hat off. Ball held aggressively in front of his face. Nick Watney is so in the zone that he makes "being locked in" look like merely "feeling it". Finishes -10.
Adam Scott is doing too many things at once: opening his yardage book, carrying his golf club, walking, looking off in the distance. It's like he apparated to the no-zone layer. Finishes +1.
What is Sergio Garcia pointing at? Doesn't matter. What matters is what he's NOT pointing at, which is everything other than what he's pointing at. If you're low on zone and need a zone loan, look no further. Sergio has zone to spare. Finishes -11.
Meh. The guy's known as Phil Mickelzone for a reason, but it just doesn't look like he has it this time. Finishes +1.
Ben Curtis is focused even when exchanging clubs. Perfect execution of the pointer finger-middle finger outgoing-club grip. He doesn't rent; he zones. Finishes -3.
Don't let Tianlang Guan's age fool you: that stance indicates that the zone is strong in him. (Being in the zone is essentially what The Force would be if The Force was in the zone.) Finishes -2.
Rory McIlroy has the look of a man considering buying property in a zone-free zone. Doesn't finish.
Uncertainty is the enemy of zone. It wasn't that long ago that Tiger re-zoned the zone. Then his life fell apart and not even Google Maps could help him find the zone. Slowly, he's clawed his way back. Right now he's in the suburbs of the zone, trying to reach the zone throne that he put in storage in downtown zone. But he wonders: when he reaches the bridge that crosses the river to zone proper, will he be able to pay the toll?
NEVERMIND. NONCHALANT BALL SNATCH. PURE ZONE. Finishes -14, once again alone at the zenith of zone.