It’s April and the 2013 Masters Tournament is just around the corner. Ever since my pilgrimage to Augusta National in 2010 I have had a level of appreciation for the tournament and its incredible venue that you simply cannot get without going there. Like the majority of golf fans out there, I’ll be watching the tournament on TV at home this year.
On the golf course and in the 19th hole bar, the discussion of who the favorites are is heating up. It’s hard to ignore the inevitable Tiger Woods discussion this season, as he has won 3 tournaments already and regained the number one ranking in the world. But don’t be so quick to make him your favorite just yet. Every time that Tiger has won 3 tournaments in a season heading into the Masters, he didn’t win it. Not only that, but he hasn’t won a major in 5 years and hasn’t won the Masters since 2005! Nevertheless, Woods is a 3 to 1 favorite to take the tournament with Ladbrokes.
My personal picks are Keegan Bradley (25 to 1) and Ian Poulter (40 to 1). I think both guys have the game to take home the green jacket, especially Bradley, who has shown his consistency lately by breaking into the top 10 in the world rankings. He has the length and ball flight to tame the course. Poulter’s tenacity and short game mastery will serve him well on the slick putting surfaces of Augusta National. If he can get some momentum going, watch out!
Who are your picks to win the green jacket this year?