SuperBru Golf 2014: Masters Predictions
This year’s Masters is already being hailed by some as the most open for some time, particularly with the withdrawal of Tiger Woods, and whilst that makes for a thrilling week at Augusta, it’s not that helpful to those of us trying to make predictions.
In the SuperBru fantasy golf game, you must pick one player from four different bands, and are rewarded with points according to how well they perform – so here are my predictions for this year’s Masters.
Band 1: Jason Day, Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Justin Rose, Adam Scott, Henrik Stenson, Bubba Watson
Band 1 is the group of likely contenders for the title, and probably the toughest to pick. The bookies have installed Rory McIlroy as clear favourite, and he’s likely to be a popular pick on SuperBru, but his record at Augusta is not the strongest, and he doesn’t seem to be hitting major-winning form again just yet.
Former champions Phil Mickelson, Adam Scott and Bubba Watson will also have plenty of support, but Matt Kuchar is my pick for the Masters. He’ll arrive with confidence on the back of a 2nd-placed finish in Houston after a play-off defeat, and with top 10 finishes at Augusta in the last two years, I’m backing Kooch to go all the way this time.
Band 2: Keegan Bradley, Luke Donald, Jason Dufner, Zach Johnson, Hunter Mahan, Louis Oosthuizen, Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel, Brandt Snedeker, Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth is talked about as the next big thing, and his length off the tee could put him in contention, but experience seems to count at Augusta and I’m leaning towards Zach Johnson as a result.
The 2007 champion has rediscovered some form this year and his short game and ball flight control could compensate for a relative lack of distance from the tee – and most importantly for me, he’s already demonstrated a Major-winning mentality.
Band 3: Angel Cabrera, Ernie Els, Harris English, Jim Furyk, Bill Haas, Graeme McDowell, Patrick Reed, Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker, Lee Westwood
Harris English is my pick for Band 3, and has the mentality to outperform other players in this group, including old-timers Cabrera and Els as well as Jimmy Walker, who won three of the first eight events on the PGA Tour this season.
English has a calm temperament, incredible driving distance and ranks well for hitting greens in regulation – all factors that make up for his ripe age of 24.
Band 4: KJ Choi, Graham DeLaet, Rickie Fowler, Branded Grace, Martin Kaymer, Marc Leishman, Ryan Moore, Thorbjorn Oleson, Steve Stricker, Nick Watney
The final band is deliberately put together as a group of ‘likely outsiders’, forcing you to think outside of the main contenders for the title and pick a bolter.
Steve Stricker and Ryan Moore should be considered, but I’d like to see Rickie Fowler light up the tournament from his group, and not just with his outfits. A 6th placed finish in Houston – beating McIlroy into 7th – might just give him the confidence he needs for a decent showing at the Masters this year.
Who do you think will win the Masters? Make your predictions at superbru.com/golf/pool/golf365 and take on other readers and writers. You can also let me know what you think of my picks at @Hutch_James, or let us know in the comments section below.
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