With the first Masters commercial comes a time of joy. A time of light. A time which signifies the midpoint between spring and summer. We are just about a week away from gearing up for Masters sunday. This is the most coveted event in the golfing world. The Masters, which is hosted at Augusta National Golf course, which is often regarded as Heaven on Earth. The greatest golfers on the PGA Tour compete to see who can get that highly sought after green jacket wrapped around their shoulders on Sunday evening. In this blog, we will examine which golfers on the tour are the favorites to win the event, and I’ll probably be wrong, as the Masters tends to warrant crazy endings. So, let's begin, shall we?
The first golfer we will begin with is the 2020 Masters winner, Dustin Johnson. DJ is simply perfect. He’s a top 10 golfer in the world, and always seems to be at the top or close to the top of the leaderboard in each event. In 2020, he shot a record score of -20 under par. Dutsin is known for his interesting swing, and tall and skinny structure. He can drive the ball about 330 yards, great with his irons, and has a solid short game. While he is a great golfer, the most important tool in his bag is his Master's experience. Being a winner once before, he has a solid foundation to win this event. While he may not be my number one choice to win, he has a great chance of finishing in the top 20.
Now, my second choice was going to be Jordan Spieth, but he just seems lost on the golf course. So, my second choice here will be a man known as Justin Thomas. JT is perhaps the most well rounded golfer that is playing on a consistent basis. He seems to be so in tune with his swing at this moment, that I would be remiss to not add him on this list. He has been playing quite well, as of late. With a great showing thus far at the Valspar Championship (-5 under), and many other great events to begin the year, JT seems to be one of the favorites to win the Masters. JT is a two time PGA player of the year (2017 and 2020). He's also a one time major winner, and while he has not won the Masters yet, he has a plethora of experience there.
Scottie Scheffler is another pick for winning the masters. While he may not have a similar pedigree as some of these other stars, Scottie is the number 1 ranked golfer in the world at the moment. Does that mean he is the best golfer in the world right now? Not necessary, just a ranking system, therefore anything can happen out there. As of recently, Scheffler has won the Dell match play event, the Arnold Palmer Invitational, and the Waste Management Open. He has yet to win a major in his early career.
The final man we will mention here is the one that is my pick for the masters winner. A man who, call me bias, is the GOAT of everything he touches. A man who has won the Masters 5 separate times. A man who has 15 major championship wins under his belt. A man who has eclipsed this game. Tiger Woods. Tiger is a year and 2 months removed from a car accident in which we were unsure if he’d ever walk again, let alone golf at a competitive level. While it is still up in the air, with no actual confirmation on whether Tiger is playing this year, one thing is certain and that's that it seems as though there's a greater chance he plays than he doesn't. He’s been seen walking his rounds of golf at his country club with his caddie, so one could assume he will be playing. At 45 years old, the greatest golfer of all time, why would he be playing this event? I will say this regarding that statement, Tiger would not go out there and compete unless he truly believes he can win the damn thing.
While the Masters is a grueling, and stressful weekend for these fine golfers, it could offer the most rewarding experience in their career. We shall see who wins the event this sunday. As for my final pick… lock in your bets for Tiger Woods. You simply can’t bet against that man and master's experience plays a massive role in the outcome of these events.