Seven Golfers to watch out for at the Masters

Posted: April 4, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports

By: Vin D’Anton

Mmah hello friends…as Jim Nantz would say. The 2012 Masters is here and all the Golf geeks are pumped up. The Masters at Augusta National are one the best and is the most prestigious sporting event on American soil. It is the first major of the PGA Tour season and what better time in Golf than 2012 to be psyched for this tournament. Talent at this point is so deep and guys have overcome TigerWoods to springboard themselves as the best golfers in the world. This Masters is going to be one to remember.

So let’s take a look at the Top 7 Golfers to look out for before Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus tee off the tradition unlike any other on Thursday morning.

7. Keegan Bradley (World Rank: 19): Bradley has come on to the golf scene fast and furious and the sky is the limit for the 25-year-old American. He was the 2011 PGA Rookie of the Year and won the 2011 PGA Championship, which was his first major appearance. That right there tells you how he doesn’t let the stress get to him. On a course like Augusta, it is not strange to see Eagles, and Keegan has six of them so far, which ranks 5th on the Tour. The greens at Augusta are a nightmare, and if Bradley gets his putting down, he has a shot. He needs to improve though.

6. Luke Donald (1): Amazingly, he only continues to get better. He has plenty of top ten finishes in majors and won a ton of awards in 2011. Donald is a great golfer but I’m worried that he can become the next Ernie Els. He is 34 and hasn’t won a major, but with the way he has been playing, you have to think he is due. With not having score better than 68 at Augusta, the odds aren’t in his favor.

5. Phil Mickelson (14): Oh Philly, Philly, Philly boy, how you drive your fans crazy year after year. When I was at the Masters in 2009, I never seen a Golfer get his chops busted more than Phil does. People shouted out minor obscenities at him, made fun of his pants, belt…but Phil just laughed it off. Phil needs to improve on his approach game, but might as well throw the stats out the window here. When he’s not in the top-10 the previous year, he’s even stronger the next year. He was T12 in 1998, then T6 in 1999, T24 in 2007, then T5 in 2008. It would mean the World to Phil if he can get his fourth jacket and be tied with Tiger.

4. Lee Westwood (3): He has done exceptionally well in four starts here in the U.S. this season and he placed second at Augusta in 2010. He always seems to stick around and never give up. Westwood might be the most underrated golfer in the game and he has a handful of top 3 Major finishes. A Masters is in his sight; don’t know if this will be the year though.

3. Tiger Woods (7): He’s back, and for real this time. Everyone gets excited about him come Masters time, not realizing that he really didn’t have the best shot to claim Jacket number five. But oh boy, he is ready this year. Woods came decently close last year and he can only blame himself when he loses. I doubted Tiger and thought he was done, but he is out for blood. These young kids aren’t afraid of him anymore, and he needs to change that. Watch out baby.

2. Adam Scott (13): What?! You have him at number two Vin?! Yes, of course I do. When seeing him up close and personal, I’ve never seen such a cool, calm, and collected golfer like Scott. While the broomstick-style putter is known for elder players, Scott had no shame in switching to it in 2011 to improve the worst part of his game. We saw him on those greens last year at Augusta and he was killing it toward the end, all the way to a second place tie. If he plays his game, he has a perfect opportunity to win.

1. Rory McIlroy (2): What a mess last year at Augusta. I say its tied or worse than Greg Norman, but that is another article. At this point, he is the perfect golfer and the best player in the World. Rory to me is ready to take Tigers place as the most popular and get set to be on track to break records. Winning last year’s U.S. Open was a blessing because the anticipation of his first major is out of the way. McIlroy is undoubtedly the odds on favorite for this year’s tournament

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