Saturday, April 7

Getting to Know Masters Leader Peter Hanson

Peter Hanson
PETER HANSON IS THE 54-HOLE LEADER of the Masters. Hanson, a Swede who is ranked 25th in the Official World Golf Ranking, fired a 7-under 65 to post 9 under after three rounds at Augusta National Golf Club. He holds a one-stroke lead on Phil Mickelson, who also charged up the leaderboard on Saturday with a 66. The two leaders, who played together in the first two rounds, will tee off in Sunday’s final pairing.

This is Hanson’s second Masters. Last year he missed the cut. His best finish in 18 major championship appearances is a T7 in the 2011 U.S. Open won by Rory McIlroy. The 34-year-old Hanson has four wins on the European Tour and was a member of the 2010 European Ryder Cup team. His best finish on the PGA Tour is a T4 at the recent WGC-Cadillac Championship at Doral.

Hanson admitted that he might not sleep well on the 54-hole lead but looks forward to contending on Sunday for the Green Jacket.


Robert J. Taylor said...

Well, it's certainly not his ability (or capability) to strike the golf ball that is bothering Tiger Woods; because winning Arnie's tournament had almost everyone expecting a great ball-striking week during the 2012 Masters Tournament. So, we are all left wondering what happened this week? Despite the standard assessment of his game, which Tiger usually provides when questioned about a less than stellar performance, I believe there is something else perhaps in his personal life that did not allow him to fully concentrate at the Masters. I mean, he never really seemed to get things going like Tiger Woods is almost always expected to do. And, the expression of his displeasure (kicking clubs, cursing, etc.) may be an indication of something more serious going on in his life. Is his mom okay? We hope so. Is the extended family violating his coveted privacy an issue? We hope not. Was it simply the "wrong ball-striking week at the wrong time" which may explain his comparatively pedestrian performance? Maybe, at least that's how he describes it. Interestingly, some are calling for fines or suspension from tournaments because of the un-sportsmanlike behavior previously mentioned. Is that a good thing? Is that a bad thing? And, with all of the drama that this guy has gone through in the last few years, is that even a fair thing? Who really knows? At the end of the day, however, maybe we can agree on this: Tiger Woods performance during a PGA event (good or bad) is something that sets the tone of the week ahead for many fans of the game of golf. In fact, this week of the 76th Masters Golf Tournament, some salespeople are not going to make as many sales. Some car dealers are not going to sell as many cars. Some advertisers are not going to enjoy as much response and revenue from their television and online investments as they would if Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson were in that exciting two-hole playoff to crown the winner of the 2012 Masters Golf Tournament. And surely, the all-male country club known as Augusta National will not now have the distraction of a Tiger Woods victory to offset the increasing drone and advocacy for female infiltration into its long-held male exclusivity. For all the right or wrong reason that we can come up with victories do matter, Tiger, so good luck and god's-speed on your next attempt to capture a major. It means a lot to all of us, personally and financially!

Anonymous said...

Mr Taylor,Tiger is the significance in Golf...and as such he ought to conduct himself with much more respect on the course when things aren't going his way.

And to display such petulance ,particularly at the Masters is irresponsible & unprofessional.

Seems like Tiger is doing his best to make fans dislike him.Someone ought to ask him to be more respectful on the course.I know Tom Watson called him out on his cussing but maybe JackNicklaus needs to step in at this point.

Notice when his pappa was around,this behavior was not evident.I cringe every time he pulls this stuff & to think his kids are perhaps watching this on TV.....very disturbing folks.

This seems like it's going to end very badly,I hope I am wrong.I think a council of elders maybe Jack & Uncle Arnie ought to approach him about his behavior.Jack said he used to perform the same stunts when he was frustrated on the course until his pappa confronted him.

Lets hope someone can help Woods see how embarrassing his outbursts are.

Hey Tiger you have kids now dude curb your behavior for chrissakes!