Walk-on OSU golfer Brandon Weeden has it right.
No Oklahoma State golfer has ever won the Masters. In fact, only one Oklahoma State golfer has ever won a major tournament; Bob Tway at the PGA Championship in 1986. But this year, the green sloping hills, green jackets, and greenbacks of Augusta National will have an infusion of ORANGE. Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, T. Boone Pickens, Bo Van Pelt, and U.S. Amateur champ and current OSU golfer Peter Uihlein will all be representing OSU's overachieving golf team (T. Boone in the clubhouse as a current Augusta National Golf Club membership holder, of course). Each one of these Cowboys have a legitimate shot of winning and being inducted into Bobby Jones' hallowed grounds forever.
On past the jump is a look at the top two in the field and the Cowboy challengers.
Phil "lefty" Mickelson
Why He Might Win: Phil is the returning Masters champ, he is a crowd favorite (people will scream "Get in the hole!" when he is on the first shot of a par 5), he takes risks in his game, and he doesn't regularly cavort with strippers (or at least he keeps it quiet). Phil has won the tournament three times in the last seven years. It has become his tournament to lose.
Might Should Lose: Phil is fresh off a win at the Shell Houston Open where he battled with former Cowboy Scott Verplank on the final day. Verplank would have qualified for the Masters with a win.
Odds: 8 to 1. And, since Phil has her to go home to, he has already won.
Why He Might Win/Lose: Three years ago, most wouldn't have trouble replying in the affirmative that Tiger is the greatest golfer who has ever lived, but these days it is a different story. He is a great talent, but has always been a sub par statesman in a sport dominated by gregarious Arnold Palmer types. For the second straight year, Tiger is the tarnished
cooshound champion trying to get back on top at the Masters. He's had a year removed from his 3 wood beatdown car wreck and he still hasn't won a major since that U.S. Open in 2008 when he played through a gimp leg. For Tiger, not having won a major in three years is like not having sexual relations for over 48 hours. He placed fourth at Augusta last year and this year he'll be hungry for some of this:
And some of that:
Why He Might Win: Fowler is the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, and will be playing in his first Masters. Last year, he had seven top ten finishes and a remarkable showing on the Ryder Cup team. A long hitter, he should do well on Augusta's long fairway's. Odds have steadily dropped to around 35 to 1, not bad for a first timer. A la Tiger, Fowler always wears one color on Sundays, OSU Orange. Thus, when he wins the green jacket on Sunday your television may look something like this:
Why He Might Win: Mahan has had three PGA tour wins, and four top ten finishes in Majors, including two back to back top tens at Augusta the last two years. Only Phil and Tiger up there can also say that. And not to be outdone by Phil in the hot wife department, Mahan will have Kandi to congratulate him on Sunday:
Bo Van Pelt
Why He Might Win: Van Pelt has risen from 116th in overall FedEx cup points in 2008 to 13th overall by last year. This is only Van Pelt's second Masters, and he will be looking to put his insane driving ability to good use. Think of him as a John Daly without the whole horrible human being thing.
Why He Might Win: Uihlein is playing by virtue of his U.S. Amateur win last year. He is good, but will have his work cut out for him. No amateur player has ever won the Masters. But according to tradition, as an amateur Uihlein will get to stay here if he chooses. Count it as a win if Uihlein can make Friday's cut and win the "Low Amateur" award, which he is more than capable of doing.
Rickie and Hunter have a better than average chance of winning their first major, Van Pelt could make some noise, and OSU has a current Cowboy golfer to root for on golf's biggest stage. Televised golf isn't everyone's thing sure, but any golf fan will tell you that the Masters has a special place in their living rooms every year. So, cheer on these Pokes Thursday - Sunday. Go Cowboys, bring home a green jacket, and we'll dye that shit ORANGE!