Yes, we all know about the infamous implosion on No. 10 last year, when McIlroy turned into the average hack on a 3-par muni course. Boink into the trees. Triple bogey.

Although McIlroy cried that day, he didn't pout very long. He went on to win his first major, the U.S. Open, a few months later. That shows remarkable resiliency. It all adds up to his second major championship and a slice of redemption for McIlroy.

gdiaz@tribune.com

Westwood is due

Bill Dwyre

Los Angeles Times

Lee Westwood will win this year's Masters for two reasons: 1. Because he is a great player (has been for a long time); 2. Because he is due.

Since Tiger Woods fell out of the top ranking in the world in October 2010, Westwood has been No. 1 twice and is currently No. 3. If he wins the Masters, he will become No. 1.

He finished second at Augusta in 2010, only because Phil Mickelson shot a lights-out 67 the final day. Westwood is 38; his time is running out, but he is mentally tough enough to know that and not choke on it.

bdwyre@tribune.com