Jordan Spieth (3-1 odds)
Despite the horror story of the 12th hole last year, Spieth’s record at The Masters is 2nd, 1st, 2nd. The middle of those performances was in 2015, where he tore up the record book by tying Tiger’s eighteen under par record and holing the record number of birdies. This PGA Tour season, he is hitting more greens in regulation than anyone else and even if his putter gets a little bit hot, there is no one else that suits Augusta National more.
Phil Mickelson (18-1 odds)
The three-time green jacket winner and lefty is my pick for this year’s Masters Champion. Despite not winning a major in four years, he’s had a number of surgeries at the tail end of 2016, which I believe will put him on the road to winning. He is determined to become part of the exclusive four time green jacket winners. With the potential approach to the end of his Tour career on the horizon, Phil will want this more than anyone. Augusta better watch out!
Jon Rahm (18-1 odds)
This year’s winner will be…Tiger Woods! Oh wait, sorry. I thought this was 1997. Jon Rahm is my pick for 2017. The 22-year-old Spaniard may seem inexperienced, with twenty-two PGA events played, but his play as of late has garnered attention. His last two events have included finishes of tied for third and a second-place finish against Dustin Johnson. Rahm, while young, has the mental fortitude and putting ability to take the lead at Augusta and win that sought after green jacket.
Rory McIlroy (17-2 odds)
Although he has yet to finish better than 8th, Rory had a great run last year until his putting woes decided to rear its ugly head. We all know how important winning the green jacket is in cementing your golfer immortality but to McIlroy it’s more than that. McIlroy wants to be one of the best ever. That starts with winning in Augusta. With his latest switch to TaylorMade 3 and 5 woods along with Callaway irons and drivers, plus more time put into focusing on his putting, McIlroy seems destined to leave the 18th green victorious.
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