Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: April 7, 2021 (Pt. 3)

KDKA's Bob Pompeani and 93.7 The Fan's Chris Mueller discuss the sports topics of the day.

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BOB POMPEANI: Program note-- it is Masters week, after all. It starts tomorrow in Augusta. We have a special "Living Room Sports." Yeah, it's coming back for one special edition Saturday at 7:30. Join Rich Walsh and myself as we bring on Bernhard Langer, two-time Masters champ; Rocco Mediate, 12-time Masters competitor; as well as Nathan Smith, who had a unique opportunity to play with Arnold Palmer. Nathan is one of the top amateurs in this area. Join us at 7:30 on KDKA Saturday night.

So Chris, it is the eve of the Masters. I like Hideki Matsuyama. I'm looking-- I did a lot of-- you know, it's hard with all these players because they're all good, but you can do a lot of research. And I looked at how he's been putting of late. I'm very impressed with it. I think he's one of those guys who can-- because he has a lot of good experience down there. But I know there are a lot of good choices. Who's yours?

CHRIS MUELLER: Well, I'll tell you what I did tonight was I tried to provide people with five guys who won't win it. So Xander Schauffele won't win it.

BOB POMPEANI: No, no, no.

CHRIS MUELLER: Viktor Hovland-- no, hold on. This-- you might construe this as a personal attack on you. Xander Schauffele won't win it. Viktor Hovland, who is nothing if not the Norwegian Xander Schauffele, will also not win it. DJ will not go back to back at the Masters. Jordan Spieth will not win the Masters, and Sergio Garcia will not win the Masters.

The winner definitively will come from one of these three-- new father Jon Rahm. It'll be the new dad elation; the very precise and very good and at the top of his game, as good as anybody Justin Thomas; or for a long shot, Mr. Fairway Tommy Fleetwood.

BOB POMPEANI: All good choices. Like I said, I can make a case for every single one of them. The thing with DeChambeau and Johnson, if they hit it long enough-- the thing about the Masters is you have to hit certain areas of the green. If you're left with a 5-iron versus a 9-iron, you have a distinct advantage as a 9-iron. You've got to bomb it to get it in a position, but the trick is getting it in position. You can attack greens that way.

I would expect-- and this is my little prediction for you-- that there's at least one eagle tomorrow by Bryson DeChambeau on the par 5s, at least one. So we'll see how that goes.

In the meantime, Tiger Woods-- we saw this real quick, 30 seconds. 87 miles an hour in a 45 mile an hour zone, Chris? Come on.

CHRIS MUELLER: Just very strange. They said-- didn't they say when he crashed he didn't know the severity of the crash or his injuries? The whole thing is really weird. It feels-- I'm not trying to speculate here, but just with what was said, it does feel like there has to be something else to this story.

BOB POMPEANI: Yeah. No brakes.

CHRIS MUELLER: Otherwise he was really late and being really careless at the wheel.

BOB POMPEANI: Yeah. He never hit the brakes--

CHRIS MUELLER: I just-- I wonder.

BOB POMPEANI: --which doesn't make any sense. We're out of time.


BOB POMPEANI: On that note, we'll say good night. Thank you, Chris. We'll see you back here tomorrow at 10:35. Thanks for joining us.