By James Dalthorp III


Returning to the site of the last major due to the year that was 2020,
we’ve had a nice break from major golf and yet a meteoric rise in
events in the game. We wish Tiger was here – yet the game has moved
towards a fresh, new era. Distance is the name of the game – and with
that being said, let’s take a look at my top picks.

1. Jordan Spieth

He worked hard on his weaknesses for the past 3 years. He is finally
ready. A win at the Texas Open should leave him in great form to come
in and win again at Augusta. He has won here twice and has incredible
touch around these slick greens. I expect him to win and quite

2. Bryson Dechambeau

I’ve found a trend in Bryon’s success. He tends to play well when the
rough is high. That being said, it will be a softer Augusta than
October. That favors Bryson, who has played well at this event. Since
he’s dialed back on his strength, he is still finding that control. I
believe he will play quite well.

3. Cameron Smith

It is undeniable how well Smith performs on fast greens and in
difficult major conditions. He has shown true grit over these past two
years and besides the British Open, this is the event I expect him to
win. He was runner-up to Dustin Johnson last time around and I think
he’ll be looking to improve.

4. Shane Lowry

Riding a hot putter and with a ton of practice here, Shane is on top
of his game. He’s been playing well, including at the Honda Classic.
That’s a real bear of a course (pun intended) and it will translate
well to this test.

5. Louis Oostuizen

The South African contingent has THRIVED over the years here. Ernie,
Gary Player, Trevor Immelman, and his buddy Charles Shwartzel to name
a few champions. Louis has come so close. And with 2 majors to his
name, he’s playing well enough to make a run.

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