It’s Master’s week. If you’ve read the blog in the past you know we’ll check in on golf especially during the 4 majors, and this is one of those times. Let’s preview the top 10 contenders for the first major of the year.
1. Dustin Johnson
I think Dustin Johnson enters the Masters as the big favorite. He’s on an absolute tear winning at one point 3 events in a row. He ridiculously long, and if he can just putt decently he could win by 4 or 5 shots. There’s nobody in the world playing better.
2. Jordan Spieth
When you are the putter Jordan Spieth is you always have a chance to win the Masters. He won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year. He did just miss the cut the at Houston Open, but I don’t believe that will affect how plays at Augusta. His last 3 finishes at the Masters T2, 1, and T2.
3. Rory Mcilory
Who is leading the PGA tour in scoring this year? That would be Rory Mcilory. The 4 time major winner has yet to win a Masters. It is the only major he hasn’t won yet. He does have 3 straight top 10 Masters, and it is only a matter of time before the Irishman wins one. Maybe it is this year?
4. Rickie Fowler
Is Rickie Fowler finally in position to win his first major? He hasn’t finished outside the top 20 since January, and that includes a win at the Honda Classic. If there is a bit of concern, it’s that Fowler hasn’t had a top 10 major result since 2014, but he seems to be playing well enough to make a run this year.
5. Hideki Matsuyama
The best golfer Japan has produced in many years is also one of the world’s hottest. He’s worked himself into the top 5 of the world golf rankings. You know what I like about Matsuyama? He’s had back to back top 10 finishes in Augusta.
6. Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson has had a solid 2017. The veteran is still one of the best players on tour. He’s has 3 top 10 finishes this year, and is a 3 time winner of the event. He has missed the cut 2 of the last 3 years, but I think he’s still got a few more major runs in him. I believe he’ll contend this week.
7. Jason Day
Jason Day has been dealing with personal family issues the last several weeks, and has been away from golf. He’s preparing to play in the Masters, and even though he’s spent some time away from golf at any moment Day can turn things on. He’s that talented. In 5 of the last 6 years at Augusta, he’s finished in the top 30 including 3 top 10s.
8. Adam Scott
I really like former Master’s winners and Adam Scott won his Green Jacket in 2013. His tee to green game is usually among the world’s best. With Scott it always depends on how his putter is working.
Bubba Watson has had an un-even year with a couple of top 10′s, a couple of missed cuts and everything in between. He’s always a threat at Augusta though. The 2-Time Masters winner obviously knows how to play the course. If he opens with a good opening round expect him to contend.
10. Justin Thomas
The 23 year old was a on tear to open the year winning twice. I like him as a darkhorse pick. He’s long and he is a pretty good putter. He’s never contended for a major before, but hey there’s always a first time for everything.