Masters Preview – Breaking Down the Top 10 Golfers

 By: JJ Benns

It’s that time of year again, Master’s week. I feel honored to be assigned the chore of writing a fantasy piece on the Masters.  Considering the deep field of players and the different styles of fantasy league golf, the most reasonable option is to give my opinion of who I think has the best chance of winning from the top 10 of the official world golf rankings.

The official world golf rankings as of the week March 31st:

  1. Jason Day
  2. Jordan Spieth
  3. Rory Mcllroy
  4. Bubba Watson
  5. Rickie Fowler
  6. Adam Scott
  7. Henrik Stenson
  8. Justin Rose
  9. Dustin Johnson
  10. Patrick Reed

The Breakdown

Jason Day- He is the hottest golfer on the planet coming off wins at the World Championship Dell match play event and the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The biggest concern with Jason is the chance he withdraws because of his back problems.

Jordan Spieth- Jordan hasn’t won since the Hyundai tournament of champions at Kapalua in early January. Can the returning champion defend his title?  Tiger Woods was the last golfer to repeat at the masters in 2002 and 2001.  I think it would be incredibly difficult for Jordan to improve on the magical year he had last year – logical thinking would say he regresses from his 2015 season.  The stat that may help this argument is Jordan is only 25th in strokes gained in putting and 90th in total putting.

Rory Mcllory- Rory has been held without a win so far in the 2016 season. He played well last week at the world championship Dell match play event finishing fourth, and you can’t deny the talent that he possesses.  However his troubles at August National are well documented and his game seems to setup better to win British Opens in the years to come.

Bubba Watson- Bubba has dawned the green twice, once in 2012 and again in 2014. With a win this year in February at the Northern Trust Open at Riviera CC,  I personally think that Bubba has all the makings to be victorious again at Augusta National.  A couple of stats that help my argument are, Bubba is #1 in GIR (greens in regulation) he also is 4th in driving distance.

Rickie Fowler-Rickie has had a decent year with four top ten finishes despite his collapse on Sunday in Phoenix at the Waste Management Open. He’s 3rd in scoring average and 4th in GIR, but I just don’t trust him to finish with the pressure on come Sunday.

Adam Scott-Adam has had a great start to the 2016 season with back to back wins at the Honda Classic and the World Golf Championships. Most everyone thought it would take some time for Adam to get used to putting with a normal sized putter but that just isn’t the case.  Adam may be 44th in strokes saved putting but he has made them when he needs to since the broom stick was forced to be put in the closet.  He is my second pick to dawn the green jacket at Augusta.

The rest of the top ten besides maybe Justin Rose don’t have a real shot at winning. Until Dustin Johnson can prove that he won’t crumble come Sunday I would stay away from him.

In conclusion, I believe that Bubba Watson has the best chance of winning mainly because his eye seems to fit the coarse incredibly well, plus he has shown that he can keep it together in the afternoon on Sunday and somewhat thrives in the situation. Adam Scott has also been playing well this year but I don’t trust him as much as Bubba when the pressure’s on.

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