Who has three green jackets, a winning smile, and one big thumb? This guy. (Image: debby19/Flickr)

Let’s hop right to it. The 2010 Masters was unforgettable. Here are few thoughts about some of the bigger names:

Phil Mickelson: I like Phil. I’m not as big a Mickelson fan as most golfers, but I generally like him. With the struggles with breast cancer his wife, Amy, has faced in the last year, it was hard not to cheer for Mickelson down the stretch. It seems like just a few years ago when we were wondering if Phil could ever win the big one. On Sunday, he won his third green jacket and fourth major title. If he never does anything else (unlikely), the guy will go down as one of the greatest.

Tiger Woods: I say this in the loosest of terms: Tiger’s game reminded me a bit of anyone who has taken a bit of time off from playing. After a few months off, I’m just as likely to make a birdie as I am a double bogey. Did you see the pop up shots? Wow. After all that, though, he finishes in 4th place. Pretty amazing. I love his post-round answer to the question, “Did you expect to win?”–to which he replied, “Well, I entered the tournament.” It will be interesting to see when Woods plays next and if his extended time off will continue to affect his play. I think he’ll be back for The Players next month.

Fred Couples: What did I tell you? Okay. So I got my facts wrong—Couples is already on the Senior Tour (Thanks Mike). Does anyone really watch the Champions Tour? But watching Freddy play so well out there this week was like a blast from the past. It felt like 1995. If only he could’ve made a few of those short putts, Couples could have been right there at the end.

Lee Westwood: I’ve gone on and on about Lee Westwood on this blog. I love his game. I love his swing. Westwood is in his prime and has to win a major in the next two years or it’s a freaking shame.

Anthony Kim: I think Kim is ready to win a major now. Incredible 65 on Sunday. He definitely has the game, and I think he’s putting everything else together. He’s the kind of player that’s fun to watch.

Next major: U.S. Open on June 17-20 at Pebble Beach. Can Phil go back to back?

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Augusta National is open for business.

The 2010 Masters commences on Thursday—and with TW back in the picture, the event promises to quite a spectacle.

Woods got his first press conference out of the way on Monday. He seemed relaxed—much more so than during his five-minute interviews a few weeks ago.

You’ve no doubt read all the details of the press conference, so I won’t rehash that here. But what should we expect from Tiger in this year’s Masters? Can he really win it after 5 months away from the game?

Could Couples recapture the magic? (Image:scubaeddie32/Flickr)

Yes. To say that Tiger can’t win this tournament just because he’s been off the Tour since November is a bit naïve. This might be one of the few times in my life I would take my chances on the field versus Tiger, but that doesn’t mean he can’t walk out there and capture his fifth Masters crown.

A lot of big names have been playing well recently. Els, Kim, Villegas, Furyk…and what about Freddy Couples? Could the old-timer (he’ll be eligible for the Senior Tour next year. How hard is that to believe?) replicate his 1992 Masters win?

Doubtful. But he’s been playing well, and he’s a name to watch. If Couples somehow manages to be in contention on Sunday, watch out.

My pick it to win it all? Not Woods. But I do think he’ll post a respectable top 20. I’ll take Camilo Villegas. He’s due. That’s my amateur golf prognosticator reasoning. If you want something more in-depth, you’re on the wrong site.

Watch out for Camilo.