Ahead of what proved a momentous US Masters, Golf365 asked an eclectic panel of golf experts who would win the green jacket.
Allocating 5pts for each pundit’s top pick, 3pts for their second choice and 1pt for third, we pooled their collective brain power led to produce a final table.
The outcome? A top three of Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Rickie Fowler.
McIlroy failed to make the top 20, Rose missed the cut and Fowler took tied ninth.
The panel included current European Tour pros, betting experts, fantasy gurus, TV commentators and leading writers and yet it was a comedian who put everyone to shame.
Viewers of Alan Partridge’s recent BBC series, ‘This Time’, will know that Simon Denton may struggle to find his way around a touchscreen digiwall but Tim Key, the man behind Alan’s sidekick, knows his onions when it comes to picking a Masters winner.
Award-winning comedian and poet, Key, made Woods his No.1 selection and also chose long-time leader Francesco Molinari (tied fifth) as his third choice.
His reasoning: “Tiger: Written in the runes. Body looking better and better. Molinari: Likes beating Americans.”
For Alan’s benefit, runes are the mystical alphabet used by ancient tribes to divine the course of future events.
Golf writer Paul Mahoney restored some pride to his profession by also picking Tiger but the other notable tipping performance came from another comedian, John Robins.
The stand-up and podcast star chose Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka as his 1-2 and the big-hitting American duo finished tied for second. Lovely stuff.
We’ll also doff our caps to seven-time European Tour winner Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano.
The Spaniard had Woods as his second pick and Tony Finau (tied fifth) as his third.
We’re only a few weeks away from the second major of the year, the US PGA.
Tim Key’s pick? You’ll have to wait. Although we won’t ask him to reveal it on a digiwall.
After four straight missed cuts in the Open, Shane Lowry has well and truly turned things at Royal Portrush this week.
British hopes will be resting on Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood and Justin Rose at The Open this weekend.
Despite a much better showing at The Open on Friday, an exhausted Tiger Woods admitted he couldn’t wait to get home after missing the cut.
Brooks Koepka isn’t sure why he’s not making any putts so far this week, but admitted he was “frustrated” and “disappointed” by it.
Golf analyst Brandel Chamblee didn’t hold back when describing Rory McIlroy’s first-round performance at the Open Championship on Thursday.
A closing birdie handed JB Holmes a one-shot lead over Shane Lowry at the Open on Thursday, but Brooks Koepka is right behind them.
Tiger Woods more than likely won’t be a factor at Portrush this week, after an opening 78 left him right near the bottom of the leaderboard.
Former champion David Duval shot the worst round in Open history for 69 years at Royal Portrush on Thursday.
Spare a thought for Rory McIlroy, who could hardly have made a worse start in his bid to capture the Open Championship on home soil.
Record crowds have descended upon Royal Portrush for the 148th Open Championship, which got under way bright and early on Thursday morning.