The sports world is in full swing right now. March Madness just ended in the best way possible, baseball is back, the Warriors are out to play, but most important is the Masters are here. They tee off today and the field is wide open. Sure you have some favorites, but in the last few years the favorites list has grown. At this point last year this kid named Jordan took the world by surprise. So will there be another surprise in this year’s field or will the favorites be the ones to shine.
First, I’m going to talk about the studs I have that should be in contention all weekend.
Jason Day- You have to start with the #1 player in the world. The Aussie had a huge year last year, where he won his first major. This year he has already won 2 out of 6 tournaments so he hasn’t missed a beat. Jason Day brings a big stick from the tee box and just an all around great game. Last year a lot of people were saying if Rory or Jordan were on that nobody could beat them, well it might be time to put this guy in that category as well. At the end of the weekend Day could be looking at his 2nd major title if he just plays his game. He would also just solidify that #1 spot and take over that top spot in the FedEx cup as well.
Jordan Spieth- The young Spieth had a few rough outings, but has seemed to get his swagger back. Spieth stormed into the golf world last year and looked to be the next super star. He was breaking records and trying to do stuff only Tiger and Jack did. People forget how young Spieth is, so a bad one here or there will happen. We have just been so spoiled to see so much more good than bad from young Jordan. Spieth seems to have hit a good stride and at the perfect time. He dominated the Masters last year, and will look to get off to start fast Thursday. If he is around by Sunday all the others will be scoreboard watching for his name.
The next group I’m going to talk about is guys that still don’t have that major title under their belt.
Rickie Fowler- Fowler had an awesome 2014 and 2015, but just couldn’t get that major title. He did win plenty of tourneys, but just seemed to fall short on the big stage. Even with that being said it always seemed that Fowler would finish in the top 10 or even higher. Fowler will stick around like he always does, but its his time to take that next step and become a major winner.
Dustin Johnson- He is without a doubt remembered for all the big time chokes he has had. He probably is the best golfer right now without a major because when he is swinging it, he is pretty damn hard to beat. Actually his biggest opponent is himself and needs to exercise those demons. He has the physical skills to compete with the best, but he needs to get there mentally if he wants that green jacket.
The last group of guys I want to talk about it the guys just outside these top players that will make some noise.
Hideki Matsuyama- He is definitely is one of my top 5 favorite golfers right now. He just seems as solid as they get in the game. Matsuyama just does everything so well, but seems to always go under the radar. He actually has a scoring average of 69, which is lower than Day and Spieth the #1 and 2 ranked players in the world. He also had a top 5 finish last year at The Masters so he can play this course. The guy has the game to beat the best and what better way to show that than at The Masters.
Brooks Koepka- Maybe I should have named this section my favorites. Another guy in my top 5 favorites is the 25 year old. I guess he isn’t considered young with Spieth doing such great things at his younger age, but Brooks is a guy you all should like. He doesn’t play by the rule as an American; he started through the European Tour and looking to cement him name in the US. Ever since that he has got better and better and will look to take that next big step. In 2016 he hasn’t won, but in the 10 tourneys he has finished in the top 10 in 4 of those. Last year he finished 33rd in The Masters, but 10th in The Open Championship, and 5th in PGA Championship. The talent is there, but we are all ready for more.
A tradition like no other is about to get underway and I can’t wait! I’m still getting off the high of Opening Day, and the Masters will allow me to stay in the clouds. Golf is back and the field is more open than ever, as you can see I only mentioned Rory’s name once. Rory is a guy that can win this easily, but there are so many players that can fit into that jacket this year. Who would of thought with Tiger out of the picture golf would be still be so wonderful?
Credit all authors of images used in both article and as cover image : George