Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 09:28 Tuesday, 03 April 2012 07:58
|The iG Blogger Picks For The Masters|
It's time for the iG Blogger to get the crystal ball out and make his picks for the first Major of 2012. This could be the best set of players to choose from ever...
1: Tiger or Rory
This pairing is so compelling that the blogger had to do it separately comparing the king and the heir apparent on more than a dozen attributes.
Click HERE if you want to see the entire piece; otherwise...
PICK: TIGER WOODS
2: The Last Two Number Ones
On the surface, this looks like a no-brainer. Luke Donald is #1 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) while the #6 Martin has one win since his 2010 Major victory. Luke enjoys the deserved rep as a high finish machine with two wins and a couple of other top tens in his last ten starts but Kaymer's stats are very consistent too... one win and three other top tens in the same number of tournaments. At Augusta, it's a different story. Donald finished 4th last year and has three top tens in seven attempts while Martin has not made the cut in four starts. Ouch.
PICK: LUKE DONALD
3: Last Two Masters Champions
Phil or Charl? Phil is rounding into form with a win and two other top fives in his last five starts. Still he has been spraying it quite a bit. So what else is new? His record at Augusta since 1999 is second only to Tiger's. He has three wins and has finished outside the top ten during that period only twice. Schwartzel has played at the Masters twice and has a win and a 30th place finish. Most recently Charl has missed the cut in his last two starts. The only reason you could pick Charl here is if you like defending champions or are from South Africa.
PICK: PHIL MICKELSON
4: Ready To Win A Major
Justin Rose may now have the title as best golfer in the world not to have won a Major (possibly after Luke Donald, Lee Westwood, and Hunter Mahan). A win and another top five in his last five starts has him looking like a possible contender at Augusta where his record includes a top five in his first start. Another person Rose may be behind in "the best golfer in the world yet to win a Major" contest could just as arguably be Dustin Johnson. Dustin seems to have recovered from the questionable bunker ruling at Whistling Straits with a T2 at the Open Championship in 2011. His record at the Masters is not so pretty tho'... In four starts he has yet to break the top 30. He does come in with three top tens in his last five starts but none of those courses were in Georgia and none of those greens were stimping at 14.
PICK: JUSTIN ROSE
5: Shoulda, Coulda Won Major By Now
If there are two golfers who have unfulfilled careers, it would have to be Sergio and Lee. Westwood has three top fives in his last five starts but has not won on U.S. soil since the St Jude Classic two years ago. His record at the Masters is improving with a second place finish in 2010. Sergio has finally stopped spending so much time re-gripping the club and he seems to be finding some winning form these days. A couple of recent European Tour wins has him looking good. His record at Augusta is not so good with his only high finishes early in his career. Still in 2011, he had top ten finishes in two of four Majors... plus Lee reminds me of a more current and still surly Colin Montgomery.
PICK: SERGIO GARCIA