Mar 13, 2017

Masters Just Around The Amen Corner

With Dustin Johnson winning his last two starts the New World #1 has to be the favorite to win the Masters coming up in a few weeks. I remember last summer watching Dustin Johnson walk the fairways of Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ontario at the RBC Canadian Open. It was evident then watching him play that his driving of the golf ball was dominant and almost effortless if that’s possible. He had just won his first major, the US Open a few weeks earlier and then the Bridgestone Invitational. He was on a bit of a roll you could say.

Here’s what I observed at the 2016 RBC Canadian Open. On most par 4s he was just hitting a wedge into the greens. On some he’d be close others not so close. Some putts went in, most were short. He managed a T2 that week and I thought to myself if he can improve his short iron proximity and his putting, Dustin will be pretty much unstoppable.

Fast forward to present day, Dustin Johnson hasn't let up and now the #1 Player in the World. He’s improved his putting and his short iron play. How can he not be the favorite to win the Masters in April. Please don't tell Jordan Speith or any of the betting sites out there that have Speith as the betting favorite to win another green jacket. The stats when you look at them seem to favour Speith but that doesn't always compute to a win at Augusta. While Dustin Johnson has made 6 of 7 cuts at the Masters what’s more important is that his last two times at Augusta see him improving from a T6 in 2015 to last years T4. He’s had 10 under par rounds out of 26 rounds, not a bad ratio. Speith is just that much better when it comes to the Masters and his dominance. Although just a sample 3 year size. Speith boasts a perfect 3 for 3 Masters record with a win and two T2.

So will it be a Dustin Johnson or Jordan Speith win among the magnolias. Or could a young gun like Jon Rahm or Justin Thomas flex their muscles to a green jacket and another win for the youth movement on the PGA Tour this season. Golf fans will love to watch that come springtime, itching to get out on the golf course as well as maybe see a guy named Mickelson steal the show.


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