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A Meltdown, A Bad Back, And The Odds Of Winning A Green Jacket

There’s an old adage in sports, and in life, that’s it’s not how you start, but how you finish that determines your success in life.

The most recent reminder of that came on the PGA Tour at the Bay Hill Invitational, where Adam Scott brought the course to its knees with an opening round 62, only to see the ‘golf gods’ extract their revenge as he let a big lead slip away, shooting a four-over 76 on the final day to finish third, two shots behind eventual winner Matt Every.

Adam Scott
ORLANDO, FL – MARCH 23: Adam Scott of Australia reacts on the tenth hole during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 23, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

I asked our resident golf expert, Joel Harrington from 4 Deep Golf, about Scott’s meltdown at Bay Hill:

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Two players that impressed Joel at Bay Hill were Henrik Stenson, who shot under 70 three of the four days and finished tied for fifth, and Brandt Snedeker, who tied for eighth:

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The outlook is not so good for Tiger Woods these days.

Tiger has some serious issues with his back and says he doesn’t know if he’ll be able to tee it up at Augusta in two weeks.

Tiger Woods
DORAL, FL – MARCH 09: Tiger Woods grimaces after playing a bunker shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship at Trump National Doral on March 9, 2014 in Doral, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

Joel says that kind of admission is unheard of from Tiger:

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Yet despite Tiger’s ailing back, the so-called ‘experts’ who put together the 2014 Masters odds still have him, Rory McIlroy, and Adam Scott as the odds on favorites to win a green jacket in two weeks.  That trio is 10-1.

But all three have question marks surrounding their game heading into the first major of the season.  So does Joel have confidence in any of them at The Masters?

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The PGA Tour has two stops in the Lone Star State before heading to Georgia: this week’s Texas open in San Antonio and next week’s Houston Open.

WILL TIGER EVER WIN ANOTHER MAJOR?

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