The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia is taking place April 7-10. Unlike last years event, the 2022 edition will open its gates to as many patrons as possible.
Again, likely to miss this years tournament is 2019 champion, Tiger Woods – who is still recovering from his freak auto accident in early 2021. Woods was visible at the Genesis Invitational in February and appeared healthy and ready to compete again – but gave no timeline other than to say he will tee it up in a 2022 event. Our guess it will be The Open at St. Andrews in July – a venue he has had great success.
Who will win this years Masters?
As usual, many players are in top form coming into the Masters. Augusta often has a special place in the hearts of many of the players. Some more than others. Among those who seem to play well here, no matter their form coming into the event are: Hideki Matsuyama, Bubba Watson, Webb Simpson, Patrick Reed, Tony Finau, Jordan Spieth and Brooks Koepka.
Watson seems to be playing a more limited schedule this year, with a newer caddie on the bag and having written a new memoir last year. Reed is a player that hasn’t been himself since having a scary episode with COVID-19. He’s lost weight and swing speed and has yet to showcase his best golf.
Also, be on the lookout for other top golfers who always shine when they get to Augusta. Justin Thomas is showing some good results of late, as well as Rory McIlroy who has placed near the top in several events leading up to the Masters including, a top-3 in Dubai and a win on the Tour in late 2021. Augusta is a course that has long suited him. If he wins, he will compete the rare career grand slam.
We’re also keeping an eye on Cam Smith who has won twice this year and is playing phenomenal golf. He also loves Augusta and has placed in the top-10, three out of the last four Masters, with his best a T-2 in 2020.
Lastly, we would be remiss to exclude Will Zalatoris, who finished second in last years event, playing in his first Masters. Zalatoris continues his superb play, narrowly missing out on his first trophy at the Farmers. With his smarts and insider info from playing with Spieth and learning from the greats, like Lee Trevino, we expect to see him contenting again for a green jacket.
Our picks to win this years tournament are:
- Cam Smith – Smith is a regular contender and top ranked golfer. He’s won twice this year, and with his win at the Players, he is showing that he is ready for the “big one”.
- Jason Day – A guy who has continued to show-up at Augusta, Day recently lost his mother to cancer. We believe he will play inspired golf and come near the top again.
- Will Zalatoris – After coming so close last year, Zalatoris is a hungry golfer and is one of the top golfers in the world with his top iron play. Many have said he will end up being one of the best ball-strikers in the game. If his putter shows up, expect to see him near the lead.
- Scott Scheffler – Another golfer who has played well in 2022, Scheffler is playing in his 3rd Masters, having finished in the top-20 in both events. He still has some to learn around Augusta – but with his recent play, we expect him to be up there on Sunday.
- Tom Hoge – It’s rare for a first-time participant to win at Augusta, but as Zalatoris has shown, it can happen – and Hoge is in top form coming into the 2022 event.
So there you have it. Of all these, we’d love to see Zalatoris redeem himself from 2021.
Who do you think will win this year’s event?