GolfMonger Preview: The Masters

It is finally time for the Masters!  The first major of the year has arrived and Augusta National is buzzing with excitement as the golf world gets ready to see what this year’s tournament will bring.

There are plenty of storylines to look at this week.  On the 30th anniversary of Jack Nicklaus becoming the oldest major winner at the age of 46, can Phil Mickelson almost match it at 45 years old?  Can Rory McIlroy win the final leg of the Grand Slam?  Can Jason Day win back to back majors?  Can Bubba Watson win a 3rd green jacket?

We didn’t even mention the defending champ.  Jordan Spieth comes into Augusta National not at the top of his game. It is rare that the title is defended at Augusta National.  That means nothing as far as we are concerned. He has finished 2nd and 1st in 2 tries.  He played well here.  Enough said.

Typically the Masters is not the event for someone to have a breakout performance. Augusta National is a rare gem that requires time and familiarity with the quirks to find success.

Fuzzy Zoeller is the last man to win in his inaugural visit to The Masters back in 1973.  So don’t expect it this year either.

GolfMonger Picks:

  1. Justin Rose – This is almost a pure gut feeling here.  T2 finish last year was his best to date.  He’s been in Top 25 since 2009.  We just feel it is time for Rose to win his 2nd career major.
  2. Rickie Fowler – It is his time.  That is what just about everyone is saying. He is bringing the game to go with the expectations. With 6 Top 10s already under his belt this year, we see no reason to think number 7 isn’t going to happen this week.
  3. Phil Mickelson – Why not pick Phil?  The 3-time winner at Augusta National is playing has well as he has in years in 2016.  What a story it would be for Lefty to win a 4th green jacket at 45 years young!

Wild Card Pick:

In an event like The Masters it is hard to go too deep looking for a wild card due to the history.  So we will just go kind of out there with Hideki Matsuyama here.  No Japanese player has won a major.  Tee to green Matsuyama has the game for Augusta.  But can his putter get him through the week?  Not his strong suit, putting is always important at the Masters.

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