Breaking: Dustin Johnson slipped and hurt his back. He is expected to play but could be perverbial game time decision.
2016 was The official emergence of Dustin Johnson. Maybe not at the Masters, but in later tournaments Dustin was very successful. Last years Masters saw a new comer win in Danny Willet. Danny was a three stroke winner over the likes of Speith and Westwood. Speith suffered a huge collapse in this event last year, a very Greg Norman-esque type of collapse. Lee Westwood was very Westwood like. Hello would stick around, but could not make a move. Now lets jump ahead 365 days. What does this years Masters look like? This is what I foresee for this week.
The weather this week has been wet and cool, so expect for the first day or two for the course to surrender some good scores. As long as the players play well or miss smart, this course can be had. If guys struggle with accuracy and put the ball in areas that require safety shots or lay ups, this will be a tough week. The wetness of the course will produce chaos for those players.
If I were to pick my top three choices, they would be Jordan Speith, Rickie Fowler, and Dustin Johnson.(this was written right when they announced Johnson injured his back) You can make a case for all of those players but don’t forget John Rahm. I think Rahm has an opportunity to grab his first major win this week.
One of the runner ups last year was Lee Westwood. I expect where he finished last year will be all the closer he will ever get again. I do not see him as a major player this week. I would be stunned if he makes a credible run. I would not be surprised to see Phil Mickelson conjure some late career magic, But I Don’t expect him to finish in the winners circle.
This week my choices are Speith, Fowler, and Paul Casey. Rahm would be my New Comer choice and my dark horses are former Masters winners in Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson.
I do not think we will see anyone sneak up and win this week. We could see a collapse, but a favorite or past winner will prevail in my estimation.