The Masters: The 2018 Rundown
It’s that time of year for golf enthusiasts. The smell of freshly cut grass is in the air, and Jim Nantz is serenading you into golf bliss like smooth jazz.
It’s the same feeling you get waking up on Christmas morning. Except you’re an adult, and those presents under the tree are in the form of the greatest golfing experience the PGA has to offer.
I’m talking about the Masters. A tradition since 1934, played on one of the most prestigious golf courses Earth has to offer.
Augusta National Golf Club, home of the Masters, opens its doors to the public during the first full week in April. For one week, plebeians on the outside are allowed to venture the vast greenery this former plant nursery has to offer.
Green is the theme of the week, as all the golfers entered in the tournament are fighting for a chance to wear that magical jacket. Four days of grueling greens and slick fairways separate them from adding their name amongst the legendary names like Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
From Tea Olive to Holly, Eagle Vision will take you through the players, our predictions for the 2018 Masters Tournament, and other essentials for this years assault on Augusta.
Some of the biggest names in golf are playing this year at Augusta National. To see the full list of players walking among the azaleas this weekend, take a look at the full list on the Masters website.
In no particular order, these are our top picks for this years Masters Tournament:
This thunder from down under finished 22nd at +2 in last years tournament. He was number one in the world rankings last year, and before his win this year at the Farmers Insurance Open, his last win was at the 2016 Players Championship. What do all these stats mean? It means that Jason Day is making a charge for his first green jacket this year. No more runner up finishes like in 2011.
There is something to be said about a man who has been in second place…twice… in the past three Masters tournaments. Is the third time the charm? We’ll find out this upcoming week!
Confidence is key when playing the game of golf at a professional level, and that’s something Reed has in spades. This man is on the up this year, and after beating out Jordan Spieth in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, he’s bound to keep that momentum going. We here at Eagle Vision Golf think he’ll put on a show at Augusta this week.
Making an extraordinary comeback this year from a couple year drought with no wins, his odd, yet effective swing, has won this tournament twice before. He may not be every fan’s favorite golfer, but he’s got a chance if he keeps his winning streaking for the season going.
This other lefty doesn’t need an introduction at Augusta. He’s a fan favorite with three wins in this millenium. While he may be 47, his game doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Keep an eye out for him this weekend with his consistency and experience carrying him into the weekend.
Even though he thinks us spectators need to drink less, that doesn’t lessen our love for him. Rory needs a Masters win to complete his career grand slam. He’s been driving the ball like crazy this year. As long as his golf game isn’t as bad as his video game, he’ll be making this week very interesting.
This Alabama Slammer is on fire this year! Winning two tournaments this 2018 season, and being number one in the FedEx rankings, he’s a favorite for his first green jacket. Now just remember to watch what you say around him…
Just an all around great player if he can keep it together. Out of all of the players on this list, he is the person we want to win the most. Maybe it’s because we follow him on Snapchat? Maybe it’s because he’s just an overall chill dude? I don’t know the reason. But if he could make the Masters his first major win of his career, that would be pretty sweet to watch.
DJ is on this list because he’s got great potential. There’s something about his care-free attitude that makes him golf well. If he can dial in those bomb drives on the longer holes, he’s sure to make an impact this year.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Tiger. This tournament, I feel, is a make or break for his confidence. He’s been golfing really well lately. If he stays healthy, keeps his cool, there isn’t a doubt in my mind he won’t make the Masters feel like the Masters did in the early 2000’s again.
What in the hell is going on with Spieth? As one of my favorite golfers, and a favorite of Eagle Vision, we are excited to see him play… but not like he has recently. Yes he had a great finish this past weekend in Houston but the weeks and weeks leading up to that we’re scary to watch. The reason he gets an honorable mention is because of how awesome it was to see him win it in 2015, and how fun it was to watch him the previous years. However, if he keeps playing like he has been, don’t get your hopes up.
While he may not be on the list of players for this year, if John Daly shows up to Augusta in the crowd, he’ll most likely be chugging cheap domestic brews while chain smoking next to a small child with an inhaler. John Daly may not even know he’s at the Masters. He may think he’s on a beach with some babes, and just act accordingly. Don’t be surprised if he gets kicked out for shouting “Dilly Dilly” during a backswing.
Well that’s it. That’s the list. What are your thoughts? Who do you think will win it all? Let us know in the comment section below!
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