Last year, when Phil Mickelson birdied five of the last seven holes to edge Ernie Els, who had two eagles on the back nine, that was about as good as the Masters gets, thought Byron Nelson . Now, the two-time Masters champion -- in 1937 and 1942 -- said he believed this year's tournament could be as good or even better. The top players, they're all clicking right now, ... I'd pick one of the top five in the rankings to win it. The thing of it is, at that place, somebody always gets hot, but I don't think it'll be an unknown -- if there are really any of those at Augusta -- who will win this time.
I played with him in a tournament in Ontario, Canada. I was leading going into the last round. He was about 45 minutes late. You could do that in those days, especially name players. He did things you'd get disqualified for now. He'd call and say, 'I'll be late, but I'll be there.' Anything to draw the people and his name drew people. He was a top showman. He was always a jolly sort of a guy. I don't know anybody who didn't like him.