The 2017 Masters Preview: Who Will Take Home the Green Jacket?
Early April is one of my favorite times of year for a few reasons, but one of the biggest ones is that the Masters is played. The Masters are golf’s most famous tournament, played at one of the world’s most prestigious courses. Every year when I hear that Masters theme music and Jim Nantz say “Hello friends,” I get really excited. Today they are playing the famous par 3 contest but tomorrow the tournament will officially start. Let’s take a look at some of the guys who might be in contention on Sunday.
Jordan Spieth- Jordan Spieth is still very young but it feels like he’s been playing on the PGA Tour for a while now. He’s already won at Augusta National and captured a green jacket and he’s also been a storyline during the last three Masters tournaments. A few years back he fell short and finished second to Bubba Watson, despite an amazing effort. Then the next year, Spieth came back and grabbed the victory he had been on the cusp of. Last year, Spieth was leading the pack and looking great before he had an epic collapse to ultimately lose. It will be interesting to see how he responds to that huge letdown, and I think he will positively.
Bubba Watson- The aforementioned Watson has now won the Masters twice, in 2012 and in 2014 when he beat Spieth. In 2012 he was a relatively low profile guy who burst onto the scene with a big lefty swing and the type of driving power that fans love. I think everyone liked him at that time. Since then however, Watson has gotten more fame and people’s perception of him has really changed. I think he’s one of the least-liked players on Tour at this point because of his whining and the way he berates his caddy. None of that really matters though as Watson is still one of the most talented players on tour and is a threat to win anytime he steps onto the course.
Dustin Johnson- Right now, Dustin Johnson is the most dominant player in golf and it isn’t all that close. DJ had a big year last year and has carried it over so far into 2017. I think he’s the odds on favorite to win this weekend and I’d have a hard time betting against him. He’s also extremely fun to watch and easy to root for. Even if he’s not my pick, I think I’ll be pulling for Johnson most of the weekend.
Jason Day- Jason Day is up there with Johnson and Spieth in what I would call the “Big 3” of golf right now. Day is also a super easy guy to root for, especially this weekend after he returns from spending time with his sick mother. It would be awesome to see him win this tournament for her and he very well could.
Rory McIlroy- Rory gets all the hype in the world, but he isn’t quite on the level of the Big 3 because he just isn’t all that consistent. When he’s all the way on, I believe he’s unbeatable, but he’s hardly ever all the way on. Rory also has a bad track record at the Masters and hasn’t quite been able to figure out how to get it done at Augusta. He’s a tough one to count out though because if he shows up hot, he could run away and hide with the win.
Danny Willett- I’m not really even putting Willett in here because I think he has a shot to win, it’s really only because he’s the defending champion. I don’t particularly like Willett or think he’s that good, but I guess stranger things have happened and if you’ve won once you might feel more comfortable in the next go around.
Sergio Garcia- Haha, just kidding. Sergio Garcia is a notorious choker and won’t win. It’s as simple as that.
Tiger Woods- Nope, he can’t win because he’s not even playing. Which makes me sad because this tournament is so much better with the possibility of Tiger being in the mix on Sunday.
Rickie Fowler- Most people love Rickie Fowler, but he’s the poster child for athletes that can’t get over the hump on the big stage. I wouldn’t advise picking him.
Phil Mickelson- Probably not going to win but he has worn the green jacket three times. That has to count for something.
My Pick: Jordan Spieth- I just think he comes back and gets revenge for last year.