On April 9, in Augusta, Georgia the most popular golf competition in history took place. It is a signifying part of spring, and plenty of golfers were eager to travel to sunny Georgia and compete for a green jacket.
As for front-runners, defending champion Bubba Watson is coming back strong and could very realistically repeat this year. He has a lot of experience and is in very good form for the Masters.
The only people that could give Watson a run for his money are young guns Rory Mcllroy, Jordan Spieth, and Rickie Fowler. Besides those three, Dustin Johnson is a dark horse for this year’s competition.
Jordan Spieth is 21 years old and put himself on the map when he was runner-up to Bubba Watson at last year’s Masters. He has two recent runner-ups and won the Valspar Championship. Spieth is likely the most dangerous competitor going into this year.
Rory Mcllroy is number one in the world, and while finishing eighth at Augusta last year, this year’s competition and course layout could work against him.
Fowler is 26, and after coming in 5th last year, he has three runner-ups in recent majors.
Dustin Johnson is a veteran with a lot of power off the tee, and after a personal leave, is ready to come back and compete for the jacket this year.
Mr. Masters, Phil Mickelson, doesn’t seem to be incredibly dangerous going into this year at Augusta. While he has aged, Mickelson’s three green jackets speak for themselves. Besides winning three times, Mickelson also has finished in the top five seven different times.
Tiger Woods doesn’t have much of a chance at all, but all eyes will be on him watching how he will play in this year’s competition.
No one can deny Bubba Watson as a favorite to win it all and repeat as champion. He comes alive at Augusta, but the only one who could take him down would be one of the young guns. Jordan Spieth is dangerous and his recent form could be enough to take down Watson this year.
If Spieth finds his way at Augusta, he could be the new champion. Spieth has Watson’s number, and it is sure to be a very interesting six days of golf with no clear favorite among the skillful list.
EDIT: At the end of the Masters, Jordan Spieth was victorious and walked away with a green jacket.