The Masters is starting Thursday at legendary Augusta National Golf Club, and if you are a golf fan in any capacity, you know this is the best tournament of all time. Once again, there will be no Tiger Woods in the field, but don’t let that stop you from tuning in. The current field is loaded with talent, and a new age of young guns that will make this year’s Masters worth watching.
Whether you are looking to cash in DFS, or trying to find a long-shot for your bet card, here are the Crossroads Sports expert picks for the 2017 Masters.
- Winner: Rory McIlroy. It is finally Rory’s time. Three top 10’s in the last three years at Augusta. He is fully healthy, and probably the second most talented golfer in the field right now (behind Dustin Johnson). He will finish the job Sunday and complete the career grand slam.
- Also like: Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler. Rickie has been hot as of late and has played well at Augusta (T-12 and T-5 in 2015 and 2014). Justin Rose excels at this course, and has top-15 finishes in five of the last six Masters. Rose has been playing great so far in 2017, so don’t be surprised if he challenges Rory on Sunday.
- Sleeper: Lee Westwood. This guy has finished in the Top 11 in six of the seven last Masters. Last year, he finished T-2. He has been flying under the radar so far in 2017, and is a sneaky good pick. Each year, it seems that Augusta sparks his elite level of play.
- Winner: Jason Day. Reef likes both J-Day and Paul Casey this week. If you know our boy Reef, you know that he is all about Team Nike (you will never see him golfing without Nike gear).
- Also like: Justin Rose.
- Sleeper: Paul Casey. Tied for fourth last year at Augusta. This will be his 11th Masters, so he has the experience to get around the course. He will be a sneaky pick if his putting can catch fire.
- Winner: Dustin Johnson. World No. 1. Three straight wins. Monster length that has him second on Tour in greens in regulation and T-3 in proximity to the hole. His length will make Augusta a lot easier for him.
- Sleeper: Hideki Matsuyama.