The Masters Top 10 Predictions
Augusta is the small town in Georgia that will have the eyes of the world on it starting Thursday. The Masters is the first golf major of the year and arguably the one tournament that all professional golfers would choose to win over all the others. There is something magical about Augusta National. If you’ve never been there in person, television–even high def–doesn’t do it justice. The terrain is more hilly, the grass is greener and the greens are more perfect than you ever imagined.
Having said that to set the beauty scene, when you peel away all of the scenery, someone will play better than the other 96 golfers in the field and be wearing the green jacket on Sunday. Here’s my top 10 predictions; it goes without saying, don’t use these predictions for any illegal gambling for which you could blame me or expect me to cover your loses.
10. Matt Kuchar–“The Kuch” has been playing well lately, top five at both the Valero Texas Open and the Shell Houston Open, but he’s stumbled on Sunday in both tournaments and that trend will continue.
9. Jimmy Walker–Made it to 37 years of age without winning on the Tour, then he wins 3 of the first 8 tournaments this year. Leads the Fed Ex Cup race and has the length to handle Augusta but his confidence seems to be lost somewhere back in January.
8. Justin Rose–Defending U.S. Open Champion has played in 8 Masters and made the cut 8 times. Steady and well rested, he’ll be in the hunt on Sunday.
7. Jason Dufner–He tied for 20th last year in just his 3rd Masters appearance. He’s tied for 4th on the PGA Tour in par 5 scoring and it’s imperative that you dominate the par 5’s at Augusta if you hope to shine.
6. Brandt Snedeker–He likes Augusta and has the mental toughness to overcome the inevitable missed shots that cripple other golfers. In the past 5 Masters he’s been in the top 20 4 times.
5. Rory McIlroy–Still bummed about the 2011 meltdown and wants revenge on the ghost of Bobby Jones. Just tied for 7th at Houston, which is set up to be as close to Augusta-like as possible.
4. Phil Mickelson–Despite a bad back, sucked it up and played well at Houston. With Tiger out of the picture, Phil knows he’s the brightest star on the course. Nothing he’d love better than to take a Masters away from Tiger while he’s home with a heating pad on his back.
3. Patrick Reed–This spot was either Patrick Reed or Sergio Garcia. Garcia has been trending at Augusta, 13 straight top 20 finishes including tied for 8th last year. But Reed, the self proclaimed “top 5 player in the world” has just the right amount of confidence and don’t give a damn to win at his first Masters. By the way, played college golf at Augusta State, where he won 2 national titles. Knows the course VERY well.
2. Adam Scott–Scott, the defending champ will come within a missed birdie putt on the last few holes of winning back-to-back. His game, like his smile, is flawless (according to my wife).
1. Jason Day–The Aussies are red hot on American golf soil, having won the last two Tour events. Day won at Tucson back in January and has been so close at Augusta recently, tied for 2nd in 2011, finished third last year. Aussie, Aussie, Aussie. Hate to tell you but the Masters trophy is going back Down Under for the second straight year. Put your money on it.