Thursday At The Masters – All Eyes On Chad Campbell
As the Masters got on the way today in Augusta, Georgia , there were millions of different angles that golf writers could have taken to capture the story lines for the PGA Tour’s first major of the year. Of course, there could be the story of Tiger Woods, his return from knee surgery, his win at Bay Hill last week. Writers could have covered the stories about the youngsters competing daring to do what Tiger did not do at their age – there is Rory Mcllroy 19, Danny Lee 17 and Michigan State Spartan Russ Newman. Then of course, there was the story which broke on Tuesday about Gray Player playing his last Masters and the return of the hungry Greg Norman. Everyone from ESPN, Golf Channel, Blogs and even Twitter were handicapping the Masters , but they forgot one major point – at the Masters, anyone could be a factor. For me, my mind was open to that possibility. When picking my Fantasy players for the Masters, my mouse went by Chad Campbell, I stopped and thought about it, then picked Jeev Milka Singh as my tiebreaker. Enters Thursday at the Masters and for the first time in a number of years golfers were posting low numbers and red numbers. Even Tiger finished under par today. But at the top of the leaderboard was the Texan Chad Campbell who finished with -7 a one shot lead over Jim Furyk. So who is Chad Campbell you might ask? Chad was born in Andrew, Texas. He attended the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas and turned professional in 1996. Prior to 2000 he played on the third-tier NGA Hooters, where he won thirteen tournaments and was the leading money winner three times. In 2001 he played on the second-tier Buy.com Tour, now known as the Nationwide Tour, where he won three tournaments and earned his promotion to the elite PGA Tour part way through the season. In 2003 he won the prestigious Tour Championship and , was runner-up to surprise winner Shaun Micheell at the PGA Championship and finished seventh on the PGA Tour money list. He claimed a second PGA Tour win in 2004 and made a strong start to 2006, winning the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic and topping the money list for a short time early in the season. He claimed his fourth PGA Tour in 2007 with a one stroke victory at the Viking Classic. So on Thursday brought his A game and a great putting stroke with him. His putter was burning hot. His swing, was fluid, his irons shots were crisp, driver was definitely working as he was dialing in shot after shot with his long and short irons. His putter failed him on the two last holes, but that’s a part of life at Augusta – you hole some and of course some puts will lip out. Other notables today were, Jum Furyk -6, Hunter Mahan -6, Larry Mize -5.