Add to this unusual year, The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia is taking place this week. There will be no fans (or patrons as the Augusta National membership prefers). And, other traditions like the Par 3 tournament have been canceled.
You get the sense the players and caddies are still excited about playing in this special event. In keeping with tradition, Tiger Woods, has skipped the prior week tournament in preparation for his title defense. While his season is off to a shaky start with minimal starts and mid to back-of-the pack finishes, he still shows signs of brilliance here and there.
One might think the Augusta National membership is pleased with the lack of patrons this late in the year as the 2021 Masters is just five months away.
Trees may be a bit more bare – but colorful. The grounds won’t be any less stunning.
Who will win this years Masters?
Many players are in top form coming into the Masters. Most of the talk has been surrounding Byrson DeChambeau. DeChambeau won the U.S. Open in September and has been continuing his pursuit of hitting the ball as far as possible. He’s been experimenting with a 48-inch driver and taking lines that most players may not have previously conceived. With accuracy not as premium as other major venues, it could play right up his alley.
Major tournament specialist, Brooks Koepka, finished just five back at the Houston Open and is looking for his first Masters win. He has come close in previous events and the course suits his style of play.
Other favorites for the event include Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, Patrick Reed and Rory McIlroy. Another player to watch out for is Jordan Spieth. He hasn’t been in top form for some time – but Augusta seems to spark a special fire in Spieth’s game.
Players who have consistently finished in the top 10 the past five Masters include Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama, Jon Rahm and Tony Finau. Also with good finishes are Paul Casey, Jason Day and Rickie Fowler. Casey had a top 5 finish at this years PGA Championship.
Our picks to win this years tournament are:
- Bubba Watson – His recent play the past several tournaments bode well for his coming into Augusta hot. Augusta has always suited Watson’s game and he seems primed and healthy (after having struggled with anxiety attacks the past several years).
- Dustin Johnson – Johnson is again at top form having recovered from COVID-19 and finishing T-2 at the Houston Open. He’s consistently finished in the top 10 at Augusta.
- Patrick Cantlay – A solid performer who is primed to win a major championship. Augusta National is an excellent fit for his game and he is coming off a win at the CJ Cup
- Charles Howell – An Augusta native, Howell is often a top performer in the fall season and a win at the Masters would validate a career that has somewhat underperformed given his ability.
- Matthew Wolff – It’s rare for a first-time participant to win at Augusta – but Wolff doesn’t seem like the type to be intimidated. A second at the US Open and a fourth place at the PGA Championship make Wolff an excellent pick for this years tournament.
So there you have it. Of all these we’d like to see Wolff win.
Who do you think will win this year’s event?
Updated 11/15/20: While we didn’t exactly go out on a limb to add DJ to our Master’s picks, we were pleasantly surprised to see Johnson win this year’s Masters tournament. With a record-setting performance, Johnson was due another major win after his past near-misses and stellar play.