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2018 Masters predictions: One in all these 9 golfers will win at Augusta Nationwide


Earlier this week as I used to be rating your entire 86-man area on the 2018 Masters, I began feeling dangerous for golfers ranked outdoors of the highest 25. Is Golfer X actually going to beat Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas, Phil Mickelson, Rickie Fowler, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in the identical week when most of these guys have had a ton of success at this course? 

Is it simple or troublesome to ascertain Kevin Kisner taking down all of these guys barring some bizarro world by which Kisner in some way beneficial properties 35 yards off the tee or has the best 72-hole placing efficiency of his life? It is troublesome, proper? Actually, actually troublesome. Not that it could actually’t or will not occur, however hardly ever have we seen this many world-class gamers streaking into the event with a lot at stake.

So, I drew a line on my rankings and picked a bunch of 9 contributors I feel will win this event. You’ll be able to have the sector, and I am going to take my 9. They’re in no specific order, and I’ve included not less than a bit little bit of proof to indicate why I feel every golfer will contend at and doubtlessly win the 82nd inexperienced jacket.

Go to SportsLine now to see who you may financial institution on to win the 2018 Masters and which lengthy photographs will make a run. Plus, we predict Tiger Woods’ precise end. All from the mannequin that nailed three 2017 majors heading into the weekend.  

1. Tiger Woods: Truthfully — and that is going to sound insane — for those who mix historical past with present type, Woods ought to most likely be the favourite at this occasion. Current historical past on the Masters is a distinct story — Tiger has solely performed as soon as within the final 4 years– however his 13-of-18 prime 10s right here mixed with the truth that he is completed within the prime 12 in every of his final three PGA Tour occasions inform a story that CBS community executives must be beaming about going into this week.

2. Phil Mickelson: Lefty is second (second!) on the PGA Tour in strokes gained by the primary three months of 2018. Dustin Johnson is first. Solely these two and Justin Thomas exceed two strokes gained per spherical to this point this season. This man is 47 years outdated!

3. Justin Rose: He has been seven strokes higher than the next-best golfer over the past 5 years (of those that have made each lower at Augusta). He hasn’t completed outdoors the highest 15 within the final 4 years. The highest 15! He’ll be an especially stylish choose to win this week, which is why you must most likely fade him, however the outcomes are evident to again it up.

4. Rickie Fowler: I feel I would simply be itemizing him as a result of I picked him to begin 2018. I definitely do not feel nice about it! This is what I’m going again to with him, although. Final 12 months, when he was actually laboring along with his swing, he performed within the penultimate pairing with Jordan Spieth on Sunday. This 12 months, Fowler is twelfth in strokes gained on method photographs. Granted, he is 127th in placing, however placing can flip immediately (you watched Rory McIlroy on the Arnold Palmer Invitational, sure?).

5. Dustin Johnson: I really wished to go away him off of this record due to his present type, however I am unable to try this to the No. 1 participant on this planet and any person who has completed within the prime 10 in his final two appearances right here. 

6. Bubba Watson: Bubba, who has gained twice this 12 months, additionally had terrific type going into his 2012 and 2014 wins at Augusta. So his streakiness is not only a enjoyable speaking level. Additionally, if you’d like the deepest and craziest statistical dive, right here you go.

7. Justin Thomas: He is constructed for it — constructed to win Augusta. Final 12 months, he opened 73-76 and in some way nonetheless completed inside the highest 25. A superb begin will likely be huge for him, which is evidenced by his scoring common in Spherical 1 of his wins being a startling 66.5.

8. Jordan Spieth: His common rating over the past 5 years — which incorporates 4 made cuts — is 281.5. That is virtually two strokes higher than his subsequent closest competitor (Paul Casey) with a minimal of three cuts made. His common single-round rating at Augusta of 70.4 is presently a stroke higher than the all-time finest for gamers with not less than 25 rounds (Spieth presently has simply 16). Briefly, Spieth is magic at Augusta Nationwide, and the info backs that up.

9. Rory McIlroy: Within the final 5 years, solely Rose has a greater common end of the golfers who’ve made the lower. McIlroy’s common end is 10.8, and he has been 9 strokes higher than anybody not named Rose. His 276 in 2015 would have gained or gotten to a playoff in 70 of the 81 Masters, and he has the fourth-best scoring common of anybody who has ever performed this course greater than 25 instances. The important thing for McIlroy will likely be Thursday and Friday scoring. In 18 Thursday and Friday rounds at Augusta, he is solely damaged 70 thrice — and two of these got here in 2011.

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