With an chosen margin comprised of players who aren’t strangers to winning tournaments and hoisting trophies, a Masters continues to be one of a many rival events any and each year.
A winning box can be done for roughly each participating golfer, and in a days streamer adult to a tournament, analysts, media and even debate professionals take to Twitter to announce who they feel has a best shot of holding home a immature jacket.
Predicting a Masters champion is no easy feat, as a fraudulent Augusta National does not play favorites. With some-more than 7,400 yards of thick rough, sharp greens and copiousness of hazards, such as Rae’s Creek in Amen Corner, navigating this lane requires nerves of steel and high levels of confidence.
ESPN’s Mike Greenberg tweeted a rather argumentative prophecy for former Masters champion Tiger Woods:
It would jolt me if Tiger Woods misses a cut this week. It would jolt me many reduction if he woke adult in row on Sunday. #Masters.
— Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) April 7, 2015
That’s utterly a confidant matter from a radio personality, as Woods has struggled mightily given finishing a 2013 deteriorate ranked No. 1 in a world. Woods unsuccessful to place in a tip 10 in 2014, and he’s possibly cold or missed a cut in 6 of his many new 9 starts.
Health issues and pitch flaws aren’t a usually things bothering Woods, as he’s been traffic with a bad box of a yips around a green. Those chipping hiccups were really apparent progressing this year and resulted in terribly false shots from tighten range.
During a press conference, per Bob Harig of ESPN.com, Woods explained his disappointment with his chipping woes:
It was some-more disappointment than anything else, since we knew what we could do, and usually wasn’t means to do it during a time. It would come in flashes. we would get in these modes where it would come for 10 mins and we would usually have it, usually dialed in, and afterwards I’d remove it for an hour; and afterwards I’d get it back. And subsequent thing we know, I’d flip to carrying it for an hour to 10 mins of losing it and afterwards it got to a indicate where it was usually there.
If that emanate persists, Augusta National isn’t a march that will be forgiving.
Eamonn Holmes of Sky News tweeted a Masters predictions from Woods and Phil Mickelson:
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) April 8, 2015
That’s right, both former champions feel stream universe No. 1 Rory McIlroy will acquire his initial immature coupler and finish a career Grand Slam, a attainment usually 6 golfers—Bobby Jones, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Woods—have formerly accomplished.
According to Sky Sports, Woods reflected on completing his possess Grand Slam in 2000 and had this to contend about McIlroy this year, “And for Rory, we couldn’t ask for a other improved place to do it, that is here during Augusta. It doesn’t get many improved than that.”
Mickelson common his thoughts as well, “I consider a Masters is really good matched for Rory. He roughly won here a integrate of years ago—he was streamer heading into a behind nine. The form of length and ball-striking that he has, we consider this a march that he is going to be tough during for a rest of his career.”
Although, if McIlroy is to finally acquire a immature jacket, he contingency equivocate putting adult a high series in one of a tournament’s 4 rounds—something that has condemned him in a past.
Back in 2011, McIlroy was illusory by 54 holes during Augusta, earning a four-stroke lead on a final day. Unfortunately, he totally imploded and finished tied for 15th after posting a offensive 80. Last year, he warranted his best finish in a event, restraining for eighth. However, a 77 in Round 2 prevented him from contending.
McIlroy contingency finish that trend this year notwithstanding being underneath complicated vigour to finish his Grand Slam.
As for a universe No. 1, he names fortifying champion Bubba Watson as a tournament’s favorite, according to a twitter from a Golf Channel’s Kelly Tilghman:
Rory McIlroy says Bubba Watson is his favorite to win a Masters. Is this some arrange of double or triple retreat psychology thingy?
— Kelly Tilghman (@KellyTilghmanGC) April 7, 2015
Augusta National usually seems to fit Watson’s diversion perfectly. The lefty has won a Masters twice in a past 3 years and is looking to acquire his third immature coupler in 2015, relating a series owned by associate lefty Mickelson.
Watson has a advantage of attack a round a prolonged way; however, he hasn’t been wholly accurate so distant this year. The lefty is hitting usually 58.15 percent of fairways and 64.62 percent of greens in regulation. Both numbers are next a debate averages. Due to Augusta National’s thick severe and revengeful pin locations, those stats will need to urge for him to win once more.
Kent Sterling of CBS Sports 1430 tweeted his picks for a 2015 Masters, and both are players who have been red prohibited so distant this season:
If I’m gambling on @TheMasters – I’ll take Jordan Spieth during 10-1 and Dustin Johnson during 12-1. Tiger during 40-1 misfortune gamble in field.
— Kent Sterling (@KentSterling) April 7, 2015
Jordan Spieth is on an comprehensive rip right now. He won a Valspar Championship and followed it adult with a span of runner-up finishes in a Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open. He’s climbed adult to No. 4 in a universe entering a Masters, a contest that should yield him with copiousness of certainty due to his second-place finish in 2014.
Dustin Johnson returned to a PGA Tour this year after a hiatus, and he didn’t take prolonged to make his participation felt. In 6 appearances this season, he notched a win in a WGC-Cadillac Championship, a tie for second in a Northern Trust Open, a tie for fourth in a ATT Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and a tie for sixth in a Valero Texas Open.
Johnson is famous for his ability to strike a prolonged ball, though he contingency concentration on correctness to successfully navigate Augusta National. Johnson has never finished improved than a tie for 13th in a Masters, though it can be argued he’s personification a best golf of his career right now.