It’s Masters week, baby, and it should be a cracker. Literally EVERYONE is in form, and even Tiger is back and almost heading up the betting. I’ve watched a fair bit of golf in the last couple of months, and whatever you think of Tiger, any tournament he is in (and competing in) is instantly twice as exciting. The crowds go crazy, other golfers up their game or get all jittery, it’s just better.
Having said that, he really won’t win. He’s driving as far as ever, but in an unpredictable 90 degree arc from the tee. He’s hanging in with his short game and holing outrageous putts, but that’s not a consistent formula.
Last year was great, with Garcia and Rose battling it out, don’t see Garcia repeating it myself but Rose is very consistently up there.
Justin Thomas @ 11/1. I will quite literally eat my green jacket if he’s not in the mix on Sunday night. Contends every week, iron nerves, drives far, puts beautifully.
Phil Mickelson @ 16/1. Secretly playing as well as he ever has. Great record at Augusta obviously, and you’ll never have to guess how he’s doing as he’ll be on the telly on the rare occasions Tiger isn’t.
Matsuyama @ 30/1. Good at Augusta, due a major.
Outsider: Tony Finau @ dunno, quite large odds. Hits it miles and miles. Decent form. Won’t win, but reasonable e/w I reckon.
It was snowing here 2 days ago, I’m about ready for some sunshine and rhododendrons.