By Chris Madden
A personal favorite time of the year has arrived. The weather is warming up, flowers are blooming, and Augusta National Golf Course is prepped for The Masters. The single largest golfing event of the year starts up this week and this year promises to be as competitive as ever. Coming into the weekend, many golfers have been competing for points in the FedEx Cup, the last event was the Houston Open where most of the ‘big names’ finished outside of the top-10. Most of the FedEx Cup leaders will also be the favorites for The Masters as well; let’s take a look at the favorites coming into the weekend:
A seasoned veteran on the tour now, Watson has won The Master twice (2012 and 2014). Bubba is one of the top favorites to win the tournament given that his left handed hitting style as well as historic finishes. His drive and ability to place the ball set him apart from most players on tour, especially at a course like Augusta.
If somehow you had your head in the sand last year and aren’t aware of who Jordan Spieth is; he is a golfing stud. Before his 21st birthday this kid one the most coveted golf tournament in the world. So far in 2016 he has had 3 top 10 finishes and one win. Spieth has been a little inconsistent, by his standards, but historically we have seen champions always return to Augusta well.
A Masters winner in 2013 is always a good bet when looking for a potential champ. Scott has a great short game and is always consistent, especially at Augusta. He is currently sitting in 1st place in the FedEx Cup and looks to take this momentum into the weekend. Scott also has a secret weapon, Steve Williams. Most don’t know that name, but you may recognize the face. Williams was formally the caddy for Tiger Woods, and knows Augusta better than just about any golfer. The two have joined forces since 2013, when Scott won, and have been a dominate team ever since.
Currently sitting 2nd in the FedEx Cup behind Adam Scott and battling a back injury, Day could be either a sleeper in the field, or an absolute wreck. If he is healthy come Thursday, he very well could be in the top-5 at the end of the day. If his back continues to bother him, he very well may be going home early. His highest finish at The Masters is 2nd back in 2011 and he has the potential to take this tournament over.
Rory has yet to get it completely together in Augusta but as of late he has looked near the top of his game. His best finish in Augusta was last year where he came in 4th place. Rory has to step up when he gets out there this weekend, the recent trend of double and triple bogeys will send you home early in Augusta.