Previewing The Masters

Masters

The week all golf fans have been waiting for is here, The Masters. Played at the majestic Augusta National Golf Club (ANGC), The Masters is the biggest golf tournament on the planet. Making it more special is the fact that golfers have to be invited.  Golfers strive to find a way to qualify. There are many ways, click on the following link for the list (http://www.augusta.com/masters/players/qualifications). For some just qualifying is enough, other making the cut and finally the select few that have a legitimate chance at knowing they can win.  Here is my list of players who could win.

  1. Rickie Fowler– Fowler is currently ranked 8th in the world and is putting together a great start to the year. In nine events he has only missed the cut once. In the other eight events his worst finish was a T16 at the World Golf Championships in Mexico.  Although he missed the cut last year Fowler has played well at ANGA and I expect him to compete on Sunday. +1200
  2. Dustin Johnson– ANGC hopefully will have the local fire department on the golf course following Johnson. The man is on fire. Currently ranked 1st in the world and 1st in the FedEx Cup Johnson has won his last three starts. John is also ranked 1st on tour in strokes gained tee-to-green, strokes gained total, driving distance, greens and regulation and more. The one down side to Johnson is his success at AGNC. It took him eight tries to make the top 10. He however has recorded a T6 and T4 the past two years respectfully. Could he really win four straight? +250
  3. Jordan Spieth– I know….Spieth had one of the biggest collapses in Masters history last year.  How would he ever get over it? How about winning a month later at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. This kid is tough as nails. In three trips to ANGC he placed 2nd, 1st and 2nd. His missed cut last week at the Shell Houston Open scares me but he also missed the get there in 2014 before finished 2nd at The Masters. He will be around the top of the leaderboard come Sunday. +500
  4. John Rahm- Some may call Rahm a risky pick. The reason is the 2017 edition will be his first. The last time a first timer won The Masters was in 1979 when Fuzzy Zoeller edged out Tom Watson and Ed Sneed in a playoff. After watching Rahm the last couple years he, to me, has reach star status. At only 22 years old his game is equivalent of all the big name stars. So far this year Rahm has not missed a cut and has finished T16 or better in his last six tournaments including a win at the Famers Insurance Open and runner up at the WGC Dell Match Play where he fell to Dustin Johnson.  It is no question he has the game, the only question will be how he handles the pressure of playing at ANGC.  +1400
  5. Rory McIlroy- It’s only a matter of time before McIlroy win The Masters. Once he does he will become only the six golfer to win every major tournament in his career. McIlroy has the game and has won majors already, so we know he can handle the pressure. With top 10s in his last three appearances maybe this is the year he finally makes history. +600

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Winner: Rickie Fowler

Good Betting Odds:
Phil Mickelson +2100
Justin Rose +2300
Justin Thomas +2100
Adam Scott +3000
Bubba Watson +3500
Sergio Garcia +3500
Louis Oosthuizen +3700
Patrick Reed +5800
Matt Kuchar +6200
Charl Schwartzel +6200
Lee Westwood ++6300

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