Wednesday, April 4, 2018


If you just woke up from a coma - you may be surprised to learn that Tiger Woods is a favorite to win The Masters this week. Augusta National hosts the best field in golf every year. How is this year different? Almost every marque name is trending. 

(Tiger Woods) Coming back from "spinal fusion" has 2 recent top 10s, placed 5th in his last start and displayed the highest swing speed on tour this season 129 mph. Oh yeah, he also has more experience winning at Augusta than any player in the field. Two more than Phil with (5). They played a practice round together this week like old friends. "Nurse oxygen!

(Rory McIlroy) Dominated 3 weeks ago and has 4 top 10s in his last 4 events here. He is poised to make up for his horrific collapse on 13 and complete his quest to secure the Grand Slam this week. 

(Jordan Spieth) Still struggles with short puts - But - comes in hot with a recent 3rd and 3 top 4's in the last 3 yrs at Augusta. He looks to make up for his horrific collapse on 12.

(Justin Thomas) Has 7 wins in the last year & a half and a 4th 2 weeks ago.

(Justin Rose) Dominated in Europe all year, has a 3rd 3 weeks ago and "8" Top 20s at The Masters, including 4 Top 10s in the last 4 yrs. 

(Bubba Watson) was 50-1 a few months ago in a regular PGA event. He now has 3 Top 10s and 2 wins in his last 7 events. Currently 16-1 to win The Masters. 

(Phil Mickelson) has 4 Top 10s and a win coming in this week.

(Ian Poulter) woke from the dead recently with a win and a 5th in the last 2 weeks. 

(Matt Kuchar) has back to top 10s coming in and a 4th here last year. 

(Henrik Stenson) has 5 Top 20s here, a 6th and a 4th in the last 3 weeks. 

(Patrick Reed) has back to back Top 10s coming in.

In addition to those trending players - power house players like (Dustin Johnson) or (Jon Rahm) could show up and run away with the whole thing. 

I'm rooting for the great stories. Tiger, Rory, (Patrick Cantlay) overcoming tragedy to dawn a green jacket. (Xander Schauffele) repeating his Cinderella story at the Fedex Final.  (Alex Noren) breaking through for his first win. The list goes on. 

So, will it be the greatest Masters ever? You're not dreaming. Odds are it will.

-Rick Jansen

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