With Masters weekend just around the corner it’s always fun to predict who will win one of the largest golf tournaments in history. We had some of our Lincoln City Golf Staff give their insight on who just might take home the title at the 2018 Masters Tournament. Here are this years top picks!

Denis Vontz –PGA Head Golf Professional at Highlands

Top 5

  1. Bubba Watson: He is a two time winner at the Masters and is possibly the hottest player on the PGA tour right now. He changed golf balls and has a brand new attitude beaming him with confidence. He seems excited to be playing again and Augusta sets up great for him being a lefty.
  2. Justin Rose: He has played great so far this year and has finished 2nd two of the past three years at the Augusta. Tee to green his game is excellent right now.  He should be in contention come Sunday and if he has the putter working could win his first Masters.
  3. Phil Mickelson: He has four top 6 finishes so far this year, which means his game is in prime shape to contend for 2018. Augusta sets up better for Phil’s game than any other course on tour. The form he is in right now wouldn’t surprise me to see him win his 4th Green Jacket.
  4. Rory McIlroy: He has four straight top 10 finishes at the Masters. His game has come alive the past four weeks and he looks to be ready to play well at Augusta.  He is due to win this event (only one missing from his Grand Slam) and this could be the year.
  5. Paul Casey: He has been a consistent player at Augusta the past four years and like my other top picks is also playing quite well so far. He could be a first time winner for this event this year.

Why not?

  1. Tiger Woods: He’s driving the ball horribly this year. If he can keep the ball in play he will be in contention but there is a very good possibility of that not happening.
  2. Justin Thomas: May be a year or two away. He hasn’t played all that great the past few years at Augusta and you need to have experience of contending at this event before you can win it.
  3. Jordan Spieth: Plane and simple, the putter is why he won in 2015 and the putter is exactly why he may not be in the top 20 this year.
  4. Sergio Garcia: He is the defending champion and I don’t want to see a repeat.

Honorable Mentions

  1. Matt Kuchar: He’s always a contender no matter what tournament, but doesn’t see the winners circle much.
  2. Tony Finau – His game is great this year and has the ability to hit it long and accurate.

Wade Foreman – Golf Business Coordinator

I think that either Justin Rose or Bubba Watson will be in the running for the Green Jacket come Sunday on the back 9 at Augusta National. Both are playing really well this spring and seem to be in top form. Bubba has already won multiple times and is getting back into form for 2018. My pick for the winner is Justin Rose, his game is peaking and I think it is his time to WIN!

Top 5

  1. Justin Rose
  2. Bubba Watson
  3. Patrick Reed
  4. Paul Casey
  5. Hideki Matsuyama

Scott Carlson – PGA Head Golf Professional at Holmes

My favorite is Rory McIlroy. He is one player that I think has the “Tiger-like” ability to dominate the sport presently and is coming off a very impressive win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Sleepers to look out for are Zach Johnson, Lee Westwood and Freddie Couples!

Tim Rowland – PGA Head Golf Professional at Pioneers

I am picking Phil Mickelson because he’s been a long time favorite of mine and he has recently won. However, If I was putting money on it, I would bet on Dustin Johnson!

Jonathan Benson – PGA Head Golf Professional of Mahoney 

Top 5

  1. Tiger Woods: The most important thing at Augusta seems to be familiarity with the course which is apparent with my top choices to win the tournament. Tiger is one player in the field that is more familiar and has had more success at Augusta. This coupled with the great results he has seen in his last few tournaments make it difficult to believe that he won’t be in contention heading down the final stretch on Sunday.
  2. Rory McIlroy: When Rory is playing well, it is difficult for anyone on the planet to beat him. How he finished the tournament at Bay Hill a few weeks ago should give him some momentum heading to the course where he has proven he can compete. Also, he has the added motivation of completing the career grand slam.
  3. Phil Mickelson: This man loves this course and has shown recently he can still take a win.
  4. Bubba Watson: With his win at the match play he has gained momentum heading to a course that fits him so well and one that he has won twice before.
  5. Rickie Fowler: Rickie is due to have a break out win and Augusta is as great place for that to happen.

 

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