As Augusta National Golf Course prepares for the sports’ biggest event this week, many fans with Masters golf tournament tickets are anxious to see whether or not Tiger Woods really has returned to his throne atop the golf world. Woods is once again ranked the No. 1 golfer on the planet, taking the title back from Rory McIlroy. McIlroy, of course, struggled mightily to open the 2013 season, but after a runner-up finish in last week’s Valero Texas Open, he appears to have figured out his swing. These two enter Masters’ week with the majority of the attention on them, and are widely considered the two favorites. But golf is one of the toughest sports to predict on a week-by-week basis, and it is almost always the safer bet to take the field, as opposed to the favorites, when picking a winner.
Right around the time that fans are expected to be clamoring for Masters golf tickets, the United States Golf Association (USGA) is expected to announce its ruling regarding the practice of anchored putting in its events. Anchored putting, which includes belly putters and broomstick handles that are placed against the chest, gives the golfer more stability through the entire put. This practice has risen dramatically in recent years, as three of the past five major tournament winners have used anchored putters. Ernie Els, who long believed that anchoring should not be allowed, switched to a belly putter a couple years ago, and the switch helped him win the British Open last summer. He is now in favor of allowing the long putters, which should not be a surprise given how successful he was with it. Keegan Bradley, Adam Scott and Webb Simpson all also use an anchor putter, and the use of the club is becoming more popular every year. Continue reading