2017 Masters Preview

Hello Friends…

Welcome. We’re only a few weeks away from the most iconic major on the PGA Tour, The Masters. Ah, I can picture the perfect conditions, plush green grass, Azalea’s and Dogwoods blooming to its spring colors. It’s quite a sight and a tournament I would love to attend one day.

Before we get into my picks to win this year, let’s dive into one golfer in particular you may have heard of, Tiger Woods. This year marks the 20th anniversary of Tiger’s first major victory at Augusta, and his first career major.

His 12 shot margin of victory back in 1997 was something we had never seen before at Augusta. He hit the ball farther than everyone, causing the officials at Augusta to lengthen the course. He still dominated like he would soon turn out to do regularly to his historic career.

Fast forward 20 years and we have a much different Tiger Woods. A Tiger who has battled injuries, off the course issues and mental toughness. Tiger has missed two Masters in the last three years. Will Tiger play this year? If he does play, what can you expect? Will he make the cut? Even finish his first two rounds? Your guess is as good as mine, but to get back to regular form, Tiger simply needs to focus on his health. Sounds pretty easy right? He has battled back and knee injuries, and everyone’s favorite injury.. not being able to activate his glutes (butt muscles).
Bottom line: Tiger needs to stay healthy for at least a year or else his career is over.

There are many golfers playing well not named Tiger Woods and let’s give them some respect. Dustin Johnson,  Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler are superstars, and young enough to carry the PGA Tour without Tiger. A lot of young fans don’t even remember Tiger and these young guns are here giving us a show. Here are a few of my favorites (and a couple of long shots) to win this year’s Masters.

My favorites to win:

Dustin Johnson

Who else is hotter than DJ? Fresh off winning Player of the Year last year, he’s continued his domination all the way to becoming the world No. 1 golfer. His wedges, 150 yards and in have been money for the past year and his uber-long drives make for a lot of wedge shots.

Rory McIlroy

Rory is always a contender. He’s about as raw natural golf talent that is out there and always has the ability to win any tournament. I would never count him out.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan was so close last year. I don’t think the 12th hole will phase him this year and he’s definitely going to be in the mix on Sunday. His game sets up well for Augusta and he putts extremely well, something you have to do to win the green jacket.

Hideki Matsuyama

I love this guys game. He’s as consistent as anyone on tour and has a lot of confidence for how young the 25-year-old is. His ball striking is one the best, if not the best and he can hit it a mile.

Playing well but probably won’t win:

Jon Rahm

He’s been playing well as of late and I could see him being in the mix early. His length and putting will be his strengths but his first time at Augusta could be an issue.

Justin ThomasGetty Images

With three wins this year, Justin has been hot and his ball striking could bode well for him. He can catch fire and is a top young talent.

Longshots:

Sergio Garcia

He had a nice early season win but can he ever win a major? I doubt it but you can’t disregard his game, and he’s a top player in the world.

Rickie Fowler

I like Rickie’s confidence as of late but he still tends to be inconsistent. He could easily miss the cut this week or catch fire. Will the real Rickie Fowler please stand up?

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