The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia is taking place April 8-11. There will be a limited number of fans (or patrons) at this years event given COVID-19 is still a concern.
You get the sense the players and caddies are still excited about playing in this years event with patrons being present – but were missing in the special fall event last year. Missing from the event, will be Tiger Woods – who is still recovering from his freak car accident.
With the last Masters happening just five months prior – it will be interesting to see the course and if any changes have been made. Given the history of Augusta, I’m sure it will be in pristine condition.
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 and Dustin Johnson. 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.
Johnson is the 2020 Masters champion and has continued his fine form and will be a favorite coming into the event. As with most tour players, Johnson loves this event and the course fits his style of play. Look for him to mount a strong defense of his title.
Major tournament specialist, Brooks Koepka, is doubtful for the event after having recent knee surgery. I wouldn’t expect him to play well in this years event – but one never knows with Koepka.
Other favorites for the event include Justin Thomas, Bubba Watson, and Patrick Reed. Another player to watch out for is Jordan Spieth. He has started to show his former form and is playing well coming into the event. Augusta always seems to bring something special out of Spieth.
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 last years PGA Championship.
Our picks to win this years tournament are:
- Bubba Watson – Watson showed better form in the Dell Match Play event. 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 – Masters Champion, Johnson, consistently finishes in the top 10 at Augusta.
- Justin Thomas – Winning the Players Championship in strong fashion, Thomas seems to have his game back after being out of sorts earlier this year.
- Patrick Cantlay – A solid performer who is primed to win a major championship. Augusta National is an excellent fit for his game.
- Will Zalatoris – It’s rare for a first-time participant to win at Augusta – but Zalatoris doesn’t seem to be the intimated type. We love his game and think he’ll fare well in this years event.
So there you have it. Of all these, we’d love to see Zalatoris win.
Who do you think will win this year’s event?
Updated 4/5/21: With his win at the Valero Texas Open, Jordan Spieth will be a strong pick to win this years Masters.