Trying to pick a winner for any sporting event is challenging enough; however, The Masters is doubly tough. The best golfers in the world are teeing it up tomorrow and every player has a chance to win. Yes, I understand that the odds are in some of the players favour, but at anytime someone could turn on the jets and rise to top of the leaderboard. However, they do not want to peak to early; make no mistake – The Masters is a four day event.
After quite a bit of thought, I have come up with 4 players who have a legitimate chance to take home the green jacket. I have not looked at what the odds makers are saying and have based my picks who I feel has the best chance to win this year.
Bryson Dechambeau. He keeps surprising everyone. The key to his victory will be a quick start. He will need to be in the top 10 after Friday for a chance to win on the weekend. I think his focus on science and methodical approach might be enough to tame Augusta National.
Dustin Johnson. In the last three stroke events, Johnson has performed very well. He is long hitting and his short game has greatly improved over the past two years. His key will be putting. The greens at Augusta National are crazy difficult and this is Achilles Heel. Regardless, he is riding the wave of success and we will see if he can sustain his great play.
Francesco Molinari. He is my dark horse for this year’s Masters. Molinari is either on or off. There does not seem to be any middle ground in his game. If he can match his performance from the Arnold Palmer Invitational he will be very tough to beat. He was never in trouble and his approach shots were deadly. Molinari will not do anything spectacular, but can be as steady as a rock. That type of play is what is needed to win The Masters.
Rory McIlroy. This might seem like a sure thing, but there is a method to my madness. First, he is playing better than any other player at this time. He has the complete package except for one thing: his mental game. Given the hype of The Masters and the chance to complete his career grand slam, McIlroy needs to stay mentally focused. If his mental toughness shines through, he will walk away with his first green jacket.
Winning The Masters is a big deal. It is a challenge to determine who will win, but I am throwing my hat into Rory McIlroy’s ring. It is time for him to complete his career grand slam!
Who do you see winning the green jacket this year?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!