Top 5 golfers to watch in the 2018 Masters
We are just days away from the most prestigious golf tournament of the year — the Masters.
That’s right — it’s time to get the mint juleps pouring and your soft clap ready.
This is the 82nd edition of the Masters tournament and the first of golf’s four major championships and considered “a tradition unlike any other.”
Honestly, Jordan Spieth described the Masters perfectly in a video with ESPN.
The world’s best golfers descend upon Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia to compete for the illustrious Green Jacket.
We’ve seen some of golf’s greats don the green jacket – Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Spieth.
Last year, against all odds, Sergio Garcia took home the coveted jacket after winning in a playoff with a score of -9.
The purse in 2017? A cool $11 million dollars.
Now, with the tournament just around the corner, the question begs to be answered: who’s next?
Who will make history and join the elite on the 18th green as the 2018 Masters champion?
Well, let’s just say I have some ideas of who and I’m here to share.
Here are my Top 5 Players to watch this year at the Masters Tournament…
D.J. was last year’s favorite before he had to withdraw due to an injury he suffered in his rental house in Augusta. Apparently a little tumble on some hardwood stairs was the cause.
This year it isn’t any different as the world’s No. 1 golfer is once again the tournament favorite.
The 33-year-old has favor on this course because he hits it so long off the tee. But he needs to beware of getting too aggressive hitting at pins, otherwise, hello bogeys.
FYI, he will be renting a house this year that doesn’t have hardwood steps.
Jordan is seeking his second Green Jacket after bringing one home in 2016. In 2016, the 24-year-old shot a bogey-free 66 during the first round to open up a two shot lead over the field.
From there it was history.
Spieth comes as another favorite in my top 5 because of his laser focus.
And you know what his focus helps him excel at? Putting.
As the saying goes: Drive for show. Putt for dough. It’s going to be ALL about his short game.
When his golf game is good, he’s very hard to beat — as he’s already proven in this tournament before.
Justin is ON FIRE.
The 24-year-old has eight PGA Tour victories and seven have come in his last 31 starts. For those of you who are not golf fans, let’s just say, this is pretty dang INCREDIBLE.
He won the PGA Championship last year, so he knows how to perform on the big stage.
Just on pure momentum, Justin’s chances are good. But does he have the touch to manage the short shots?
We will see.
Rores (yes, we’re on a nickname basis — no bigs) just won the AP invitational at Bay Hill so he has momentum going into the Masters.
The 28-year-old is a 4-time Major winner and will complete a career grand slam with a Masters win, but his meltdown in the final round of the 2011 tournament still haunts him.
Rory has hit his form at just the right time, though. And he has made it clear, he’s here to win.
His short game will have to be on point, but he is more than capable of carrying this form into Augusta.
I know, I know. But I couldn’t leave Tiger off the list.
He’s a 14-time major winner , 4-time Masters champion and he dominates this course.
A healthy Tiger is a player to be reckoned with and the guy has the experience on this course to prove the haters wrong.
Plus, he’s feeling “ready” and “fantastic” heading into it.
Knowledge of the course plays in his favor big time.
Tiger can’t dominate length anymore, so he has to do everything else well. He has to get into good form and good rhythm to get in the mix.
There you have it folks!
The Masters are Thursday April 5th to Sunday April 8th at Augusta National.