BGA Top 5 Masters Pick

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04Apr2018

By : BGA Proshop

This years Masters is said to be one of the most anticipated Masters of all time and there are plenty of reasons why. The field is so open with so many potential winners at every turn. Tiger and Rory are back. Justin Thomas just keeps on winning. Justin Rose either wins or threatens to. Jordan Spieth found his putting stroke again. Big names like Jason Day, John Rahm, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson (2 x Masters Champion) and Ian Poulter are in the winner's circle again this year and who can forgot the Number 1 in the world Dustin Johnson.

Our very own Aussies all have a great chance of doing something special this weekend with Marc Leishman being our favourite Aussie to lead from the front. Leishman has been solid and has a proven ability to play August well. Known as one of the best ball strikers on tour, Leishman has all the game and shots required to do well again this weekend. He’ll be paired with Tiger in the first round so that could either make or break him. Jason Day, Adam Scott and Cameron Smith round out the Australian contingent but we don’t have any of those in our top five.

Before we get into our top five, we thought we’d pick an outside chance favourite:

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Name - Thomas Pieters
Origin - Belgium
World Ranking - 46
Age - 26

Pieters finished in the top four last year in his first Masters and the big hitting Belgian has the all round game to finish high again in Augusta. Whilst Pieters did not register a win in 2017, he threatened on several occasion and if he can keep it together between the ears, we think he could go all the way.

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Number - 5
Name - Justin Rose
Origin - England
World Ranking - 5
Age - 37


Mr consistent Justin Rose has 21 tour wins under his belt including the 2013 US Open. Rose has finished second at the Master twice. Once in 2015 and again last year. In the last 7 years he has not finished outside of the top 25 and has finished inside the top 10 on four occasions. Currently sitting seventh in the Fed Ex Cup rankings and with four top 10 finishes already this season including his most recent events, Justin Rose will not doubt be right there in the final pairings on Sunday. For some reason though, Rose has not been able to get it done and we don’t think he will this year. Oh and by the way, did you know Rose was born in South Africa?

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Number - 4
Name - Jordan Speith
Origin - U.S.A
World Ranking - 4
Age - 24

I mean …. Can you believe this guys is only 24 year of age? Having achieved so much already, Jordan Spieth has one of the best putting strokes and numbers the game have ever seen and at Augusta, you need that.  Although his putting has been off as late, last weekend we saw Jordan get his groove back. With fourteen professional wins to his name, Spieth already has 3 majors to his name including two in 2015 where he also won the Masters. Jordan Spieth’s Masters record is simply unbelievable finishing 2nd in his first Masters in 2014, winning in 2015, 2nd in 2016 and then 11th in 2017. With history like that, how could you not expect this guy to take another green jacket? However as we said earlier his putting hasn’t been the same of late, if he can string it together however, expect Jordan to pull away from the pack.

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Number - 3
Name - Tiger Woods
Origin - U.S.A
World Ranking - 103
Age - 42

Well we don’t have to tell you much about this guy. I mean, when was the last time someone ranked outside the top 100 in world was one of the favourites to win. So why do we think Tiger can get it done? Have you seen his short game lately? If you have had a chance to watch any of his practice rounds this week you would have seen Tiger is primed and excited to take on Augusta again. For the first time in years Tiger feels great and off the back of 3 great results on the PGA Tour which included two top fives in his last two events, the world is convinced that Tiger is back and more importantly so does he. Tiger even setup Augusta like greens in his back yard (because he could). His game is in control and he is pain free and scandal free for the first time in years. We know he has the mental game but can he hold off the talent of the new generation? We think Tiger will be right there on Sunday.

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Number - 2
Name - Rory McIlroy
Origin - Ireland
World Ranking - 7
Age - 28

It’s hard to believe this guy is only 28 years of age. It feels like he’s been around for a long time and to be honest …. He has. The Masters, is the only major that has eluded this talented Irishmen to date after his famous crash when the Green Jacket was his to lose. He has 4 majors to his name however the last of those was in 2014. His best Masters finish was in 2015 where he finished top 4 so it’s odd that we have him in our top two right? WRONG!! Rory is still arguably the most powerful and talented golfer in the world. His win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in a stacked leader board, reminded us that Rory can still get it done. Plagued by injury in 2017, last year was not a great year for Rory but after a 100 day absence, Rory was able to reset and get his body right. Oh, and did we mention that Rory has finished in the top 10 at the Masters for the last four years in a row? Put simply, Rory’s got game, swagger and the fierce competitive mindset required to take on all comers around him. If he can find one good round on either Thursday or Friday, we believe Rory will take it all the way home on the weekend.

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Number - 1
Name - Justin Thomas
Origin - U.S.A
World Ranking - 2
Age - 24

If this guy is not the favourite to win with all he’s achieved lately then we don’t know what you’ve been watching. Winner of the 2017 Fed Ex Cup Championship, World Number 2 and only five holes from World Number 1 two weeks ago, 1st in the current Fed Ex Cup rankings, 4 top 10 finishes in his last 4 events including one win and two top fives, Winner of the last major PGA Championships 2017 and quite simply the hottest guy on tour right now, Justin Thomas is the one that all others will be watching. Whilst he’s not the biggest hitter on tour, he’s got more than enough to hold his own, hit greens and finish off with great touch around and on the greens. What completes Justin is his hunger for the contest. He wants to win and does so. Mark our words, Justin Thomas will be world number 1 after this weekend and we believe sporting a new Green Jacket after winning the 2018 US Masters.
 
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