Adam Scott is the hottest golfer on the planet at this moment. Back-to-back wins has placed his name at the top of most lists as a favorite for The Masters in April. His solid play is the focus of the golfing world and who can dispute is seven-place rise in the world rankings in just two weeks. I can hardly wait to hear how the media changes its tune on how his putting is a solid part of his game and that he should have changed years ago; any comments on my part would not be helpful!
Adam Scott is playing fantastic golf. He appears unflappable as he navigates the tough holes during the last two weeks. His recovery shots and focused determination are what champions are made of and as such, we saw his name on the top of the leaderboard at the Honda Classic and The WGC – Cadillac Championship. Unfortunately, Scott might be peaking a bit early to be considered a favorite at The Masters!
More and more I am convinced that the professional golf season is dominated by streaky players. Yes, I will admit that players in the 15 of the world rankings have a greater opportunity to win on a weekly basis, however the landscape of golf has changed in the past two years. No longer does one player dominate over the long haul.
The next four events will determine who has the momentum heading into The Masters. Players like Rickie Fowler, Danny Willett, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson and Jimmy Walker are playing solidly and should they continue to gain in confidence in the run up to The Masters, anything can happen. Can you predict the winner of The Masters?
Golf is a game of streaks. When a player is hot, as Adam Scott is now, it is very difficult to stop them. Unfortunately for the hot players, modern golf’s streaks are short-lived. The fields are strong, the young and old players are competitive, and from week to week it is anyone’s guess who will win. If Adam Scott’s winning streak was a couple of weeks later, then I would suggest he would be the pre-emptive favorite for the first golf Major of the year.
There are also the unknown factors. At anytime, any player could put their entire game together for 4 days and emerge as a champion. Of course the top players in the world are generally the players that rise to the top at a Major, however any of the young guns can do it as well. There were 7 first-time winners in 2015 and 6 first-time winners already in 2016, which is slightly lower than the average of the past 5 years. But, these numbers can be misleading. I realize that analyzing the numbers with no context does not offer a fair representation of a possible first-time winner at The Masters, but it does indicate that on any given day, there is a chance for a young upstart to rise to the top of the leaderboard.
The Masters is still a month away. It is difficult to determine who is going to be hot and who is not. Right now Adam Scott is hot, but it is difficult to determine if he can stay this way. My view, unfortunately for Scott, is that he will not be able to stay hot through to The Masters. Although he is a previous Masters Champion, I do not think he will wear another green jacket this year. What do you think?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!