Once again the Masters tournament is right around the corner, so I wanted to keep up with annual tradition and write my blog post for my 2013 Masters favorites. Who are my favorites to take home the green jacket this year? Below are my top 10 picks for the 2013 Masters tournament at Augusta National.
#10: Steve Stricker
Steve is playing a very limited schedule this year, and although his game doesn’t seem to fit Augusta on the surface, he is always a factor on any course where putting is at a premium. Stricker is playing well this year even at the age of 46, and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see him have a great week.
#9: Adam Scott
Runner-up to Schwartzel in 2011, not to mention his heartbreaking loss to Ernie Els at the Open Championship last year. It wouldn’t surprise me to see some long putter magic from Adam Scott at Augusta (and give the USGA another ridiculous reason to ban the anchored putter). Expect him to shoot one really low round this year at the Masters & create some buzz as a top 2013 Masters favorite.
#8: Justin Rose
This is a second-shot golf course and Justin Rose is one of the best iron players in the world…put 2 & 2 together and you will see why he is one of the top players to watch for in the 2013 Masters.
#7: Brandt Snedeker
Some people may not agree with him being on this list consider he has missed his last two cuts, but I think it is justified. Brandt is the guy on tour that can get hot & make 5 or 6 twenty-foot putts in one round. I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a strong week.
#6: Lee Westwood
He is always in contention at major championships, and he is probably making the turn and heading to the back 9 of his career. Westwood is a great player, and maybe this week he finally proves it with a major championship.
#5: Bubba Watson
I don’t know how Bubba will put the jacket on himself as defending champion, but I would like to see him try! Although he hasn’t been playing great coming into this year, I think Bubba can draw on all of the positive events of last year and have a great tournament.
#4: Keegan Bradley
Bradley is as long as anyone on tour, and hits a high draw with a lot of spin that is a really nice shot shape to have at Augusta National. He is really coming into his own, and has been practicing with Phil, who probably knows Augusta National better than anyone on the planet. Don’t be surprised if Keegan is wearing green come Sunday, he is certainly one of my top Masters picks for 2013.
#3: Rory McIlroy
It was challenging for me to put Rory at #3, because as talented as he is he had been struggling…Until last week in San Antonio at the Valero Texas Open. With his game, he can play B- golf and still be around on Sunday, and if he plays his A game the man in the red shirt may have something to worry about.
#2: Phil Mickelson
3 time champion, and plays well year in and year out around Augusta. Phil seems to play his best on these hallowed grounds, and don’t be shocked to see him in contention come late Sunday afternoon (Especially since he has his 8.5 degree “Frankenwood” in the bag).
#1: Tiger Woods
Last year John Daly picked Tiger to win the 2012 Masters by 5-10 shots. I think he should have saved that prediction for the 2013 Masters, because the way Tiger is playing now it could be a beat down. Could you see him going out on Thursday & Friday and posting a pair of 66′s to leave the field in the dust going into the weekend? I sure could.
These are my 2013 Masters favorites, and I encourage you to leave a comment below!