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The Masters: Expert Picks

Its tough not to pick the favorites with how well they have done

The Masters - Preview Day 1 Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Tournament Information

The Masters
Date: April 11-14
Course: Augusta National Golf Club
Purse - $11MM ($1.9MM to winner)
FedEx points – 600 to winner
2018 Winner: Patrick Reed (-15)

Course

Augusta National Golf Club. Amen Corner (11th , 12th and 13th holes), Rae’s Creek, Ike’s Pond, so many fun features to a bucolic and scenic course. As most of you know the greens are lightning quick and yet the rough is not so rough but instead a slightly longer growing fairway. Potentially the most famous American course, it always leads to a wonderful week of golf.

My Starting 4

Rickie Fowler (1st selection this year) — I’m not a big Rickie Fowler fan and yet I am. I don’t like the hype but I respect what he has done for THE game, his game and how amazingly close he has gotten to winning a few majors. He has top 12 finishes in four of the last five years and has not missed a cut yet this season.

Matt Kuchar (3rd selection this year) — #1 in FedEx ranking right now and top 30 finishes in 10 of the 12 tournaments he has participated in this year. He has to top ten finishes in the last two tournaments and is coming into Augusta with as much momentum as anyone.

Paul Casey (2nd selection this year) — Top 15 finishes each of the last four years at the Masters, Paul has top 10 finishes in four of his last six tournaments. He is 14th in strokes gained tee to green.

Rory McIlroy (2nd selection this year) — It’s really tough not to pick someone who has five consecutive years with top ten finishes at Augusta not to mention seven consecutive top 10 finishes. He’s currently 1st in total strokes gained.

My Bench 2

Jordan Spieth (2nd selection this year) — The former #1 overall player in the world is getting his groove back. He started the year ranked 196th and has worked it down to 170th. He’s still 32nd in the official world rankings and I think he is going to surprise some at the Masters. He has also finished in the top 12 each year for the last four years here.

Jon Rahm (1st selection this year) — He finished 24th here two years ago and 4th last year. He has top ten finishes in seven of his last 10 tournaments this year not to mention he made the cut in every tournament this season.


2019 Stats

Starting 4: Avg Finish 43rd place (34th percentile)
Bench 2: Avg Finish 54th place (42nd percentile)