Early reactions to the 2006 Masters:
I was impressed with Phil’s final round at the Masters today for two reasons:
First, because he played without any of the swashbuckling and risk-taking that the younger Phil was known for. No crowd pleasers, just solid, tactical golf. It’s probably his maturity as a golfer. If he keeps this up, he could be the foil to Tiger that we all have been waiting for.
The second reason I was impressed was that he really seemed to be enjoying himself, and feeding off the crowd. It’s a nice contrast to the tunnel-vision zone that Tiger goes into. I can’t remember a Major where Tiger chatted amiably with his partner in the final round.
Another Thought (I’m adding these as I come up with them)
Phil is two wins away from a Tiger Slam. But I think that the Open Championship will be the hardest for him to win.