Looking towards this year’s Masters
The Masters is played at Augusta National which is a Par 72 course that plays over 7,400 yards. The length of Augusta does put a premium on driving distance but it isn’t just strictly for bombers. In the last 10 years, the winner has placed 7th in greens in regulation and scrambling. The most important thing is to avoid big numbers at Augusta, so bogey avoidance will be key.
Dustin Johnson has won the past three events he has started. Those three events also happen to be the three strongest fields of 2017. Johnson has always been one of the best drivers on Tour but his commitment to the short game is what has propelled him to the top of the world golf rankings.
Jordan Spieth has put together a historic start to his career at Augusta. He’s made three starts in the Masters and has yet to finish worse than runner-up. If Augusta plays like a second-shot golf course, there aren’t many better golfers in the world than Spieth. Speaking of elite ball-strikers, Rory McIlroy is still in search of his first green jacket. He has the long iron play to be accurate on the Par 4s that Augusta is famous for.
Rickie Fowler’s hot play to start 2017 has put him as a contender this week as well. He struggled a bit on the weekend in Houston but showed that he can score in tough conditions.
Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Zach Johnson and last year’s winner Danny Willett are all in the field this week among other previous winners. Scott and Mickelson probably have the best chance out of this group given the form that they are both in as they head to Augusta.
There are plenty of narratives to follow along with this week. How will Jason Day perform with all that’s on his mind? Will Spieth be able to exorcise his demons? Can DJ go 4-for-4? Will McIlroy find his “fulfillment” and complete his career grand slam?
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