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Tiger Just Became the Vegas Favorite to win the 2018 Masters

In just a week, Tiger Woods’s odds of winning the Masters went from 17-1 (good for third, behind Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson) to a 9-1 favorite. Justin Thomas and Rory are second at 11-1. DJ has faded to 23-2. Remember – odds are a reflection of who Vegas thinks people will bet on – not who they think will win. Clearly too many people were...

Tiger Woods Resurgence Tips Scales on Masters Betting Odds

What was it Heath Ledger said in “The Dark Knight?” “Tiger plays well in one…little…tournament…AND EVERYONE LOSES THEIR MINDS!” That’s exactly what happened. Tiger finished second at a tournament nobody normally watched, and everyone is back on the bandwagon, and DUI be damned! Betting odds are not a reflection of whom...

Ole, Sergio! Garcia Wins Green Jacket, First Major at 2017 Masters

We thought we’d seen this movie before, and we were ready for yet another heart-wrenching ending. If past history were any indication, Sergio Garcia was supposed to lose this Masters in the clutch, not win it. Something horrible always happens to Garcia, he’s played the flawed tragic hero perfectly for close on two decades. Shakespeare would have loved him. He’s such...

Rose in Bloom at the 2017 Masters

It was 1998 when we first met Justin Rose. Back then he was a green and grateful amateur, just 17 years old. But that week in July, he ignited the normally staid English crowd into one joyous celebration after another as he nearly won the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. It was sparkling scene: the salty waves lapping at the feet of the mammoth fescue-covered...

2017 Masters Preview – Remembering Larry Mize and the Greatest Miracle in Masters History

You may find yourself In a beautiful house With a beautiful wife. You may ask yourself “Well, how did I get here?!” —Talking Heads, “Once in a Lifetime” The immortal words of David Byrne, that’s what we all might have asked ourselves in April of 1987, even Larry Mize, as he strode out of Butler Cabin clad a Green Jacket, the newly-minted Masters Champion. He...

Jay’s Plays Masters Preview Part 1 – Tony Dear on the European Tour Players

Last year Tony Dear of GNN came on our show and said he thought Danny Willett could win the Masters. We all pointed at him and laughed. Now Theon Greyjoy is sporting a Green Jacket serving blood puddings at Masters Dinner. So Tony came back on the show for Part 1 of our Masters Preview show. It’s here, so check it out. We’ll post Part 2 aling with our...

Coming up – Sleepy Hollow Half, Masters Coverage Schedule

So here’s the schedule of events from now through the Masters: First up, Slave to the Traffic Light Magazine returns with my race review of this Saturday’s Sleepy Hollow Half Marathon. That’s right, I’m racing the Headless Horseman through the same forest where he (read: Bram Bones) bushwhacked Ichabod Crane. Then comes our Masters preview...

Early Betting Odds to Win the 2017 Masters

Interesting…despite a mezza-mezza finish season (comparatively) Jordan is still top seed in Vegas betting, along with perennial fave RoRy McIlroy. The biggest joke is, of course, Tiger Woods at 22-1. That has his lsted above Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, and Patrick Reed to name a few. Again – the line is not where Vegas...

This Jason’s Golden Fleece is the Green Jacket, but is it his Day?

Jason and the Argonauts, contrary to popular belief, are not a pop punk band from Staffordshire, nor a football team from Toronto. Jason was an old Greek hero whose kingdom was wrongfully usurped, so he had to go on a quest for the fabled Golden Fleece to reclaim the throne. He got it in spectacular fashion, slaying a dragon to do it, and all manner of other...

Jay’s Plays Radio Show Masters Preview Edition

Tony Dear, European correspondent to the Jay’s Plays Show and my colleague over at Golf News Network stopped by to preview the European side of the Masters field. We also had a great talk with Alan Fadel about the amateur golf season coming up, reviewing both the venues and the great names that we’ll get to meet at the US Amateur, the Fourball, and other...

Golf News Net Runs my Oral History of the 1986 Masters

Big hat tip to Ryan Ballengee for fantastic editing and support over at Golf News Net for my Oral History of the 1986 Masters, my first piece of the week. Also thanks to Jaime Diaz, Tom Watson, Tom Weiskopf, Art Spander, Kenny Knox and of course to my idol Dan Jenkins, whose book Jenkins at the Majors had his remembrances in it. From the article: “Golf...

2016 Masters Schedule for Here and Golf News Network

It’s here: Christmas in April. We here at AWITP and at Golf News Network are Masters ready. Here’s our schedule for the week, both writing and broadcasting: Sunday Night – Masters Preview premieres at GNN. [Editor’s Note: All GNN articles will be posted here on a 24-hour delay.] For those of you scoring at home, I wrote an oral history of...

Jason Day Just Passed Jordan Speith as Vegas Favorite to win 2016 Masters

While everyone else was waxing beatifically about Jason Day passing Adam Scott in the World Rankings, Day also took the top spot on another list – he just became the new Vegas favorite to win the 2016 Masters. Day has won seven of his last 14 starts internationally and has taken the last two PGA Tour events with more difficulty from this back than the field. He...