2019 Masters Preview
It’s the most wonderful time of year for golf fans, The Masters. I personally can’t wait to be glued to my TV this weekend and watch the pros negotiate Amen Corner. I didn’t do too hot on my Players picks, but everyone likes a good redemption story.
Players to watch…
Rory. I’m not going to spend too much time on this one. He’s been the best player in the world this season, the WGC his first finish outside the top 6 since November. He needs this one for the Career Grand Slam, so the motivation is obvious. He is the clear cut favourite and should be, I’ll definitely be rooting for Rors this weekend.
I’m not going to spend much time on Cat either. The most captivating player ever, 4 time winner, also playing excellent golf. We all want Cat to get his 15th major, let’s hope he does.
My chalky pick to win is Justin Rose. He was in a playoff here 2 years ago, has a major already, and his game sets up very well for Augusta. He is as consistent as they come, even with those Honma clubs, and I think he’s an extremely underrated and overlooked superstar. If I was a betting man, and I am, my money would be (and is) on Rose at 12.00.
Chalkier guys I also like are Bryson and Xander. Both have had excellent years and are no longer Augusta rookies. Bryson especially intrigues me, he won the Omega Dubai Desert Classic which has traditionally been a good indicator of success at Augusta:
- Rory won in 2015, solo 4 at the Masters
- Danny Willett won in 2016, won the Masters
- Sergio Garcia won in 2017, won the Masters
Haotong Li won it last year and finished T32 after being T4 on Thursday night, but I still like this sample size enough to think Bryson is going to make some noise. Xander is a big time player, he’s already got a Tour Championship and a WGC at 25, so definitely someone to watch.
This isn’t really an event where I will normally take “the field” – but my biggest gambling win ever was betting on Danny Willett and 56-1 in 2016. If I had to take a guy with longer odds, I’d probably take Adam Scott at 52-1. He’s a player who has benefitted from the new putting technique and has quietly had an excellent season. Those things combined with a win at Augusta give him a good dark horse status.
Imagine Angel Cabrera coming out here and contending hacking darts all weekend, that would be hilarious. Thanks for reading.