Masters Predictions - Golfshake Team Picks
Following on from our earlier full Masters Preview and some of the betting tips the Golfshake team and the regular contributors independently pick out their top 4 picks.
Tiger looks a strong favourite but what do you think? let us know in the comments below.
Tiger Woods - Wins back, putting back, form back, world number 1 back, time to get those Majors back ?
Brandt Snedeker - Despite a minor injury stopping his early run of form I'm sure we will see him back in the full swing of it at Augusta.
Lee Westwood - I'm just an old romantic and it would be great to see Nottingham on the map again!
Steve Stricker - Not the greatest performer around Augusta but with a renewed focus to the game in 2013 maybe his new attitude can turn his form into a green jacket.
Tiger Woods – Hard to look past Tiger following his form in the past year. He loves Augusta and has featured in recent years only to be held back by his putting. The short stick now seems to be better than ever and barring a complete loss of form I expect him to win this week.
Phil Mickleson – Left handers who can fade the ball have a massive advantage around Augusta, being able to slide it around the dog legs off the tee and fade the ball into firm and fast greens. If Phil is at his brilliant best around the greens he could be adding another green jacket to his collection.
Bubba Watson – Another left hander who has the ability to shape his shots, his imaginative game and huge length stand him in good stead. If he can handle the pressure of defending, I would expect to see him featuring on Sunday afternoon.
Graeme McDowell – McDowell has showed some great form this year and has the right game for the Masters which favours his right to left shot shape. He is a streaky putter and if he gets hot on the greens he has a great chance.
Tiger Woods - I just can't look past Tiger. His putting has been phenomenal over the past few weeks, and he admitted after victory at Bay Hill he's never felt so good heading to Augusta. Given his record, that's ominous for his peers.
Brandt Snedeker - The American was the form player in world golf before sustaining a rib injury. He's been quiet since returning, but his golf swing is repeatable under pressure and he's arguably the best putter in the world game. What's more, he's played more than 100 practice rounds at Augusta and has finished inside the top 20 - including a third place in 2008 - in three of his last four Masters.
Peter Hanson - The Swede is a class golfer with an extremely solid all-round game, and his performance at last year's Masters will give him enormous confidence.
Henrik Stenson - Stenson seems to be coming back to his best at just the right time and when he's on form, not many players are better. He also has some good Masters memories to draw on.
Tiger Woods - New World Number One, man on form and he loves Augusta....anymore reasons???
Phil Mickelson - Only missed one top-ten since 1998! I won't be surprised if it's a final day shoot-out between him and the man above.
Justin Rose - His name is usually up there during the first few days but unlike previous years he has learnt how to deal with the pressure and win. I'd expect him to be challenging come Sunday.
Matt Kuchar - Third last year was his best finish in 15 attempts but Mr Consistent will be looking to go better than that especially having bagged a big win already this season.
Tiger Woods - Hot form at just the right time and will be high on confidence after returning to world no 1
Brandt Snedeker - His putting is very strong and will have every chance of getting the better of the slick greens
Justin Rose - New world number 3 will be buoyed by recent performances and his steady game may suit Augusta.
Dustin Johnson - Big hitter may prove to be a key factor.
Bubba Watson - his length is a big benefit here & we know he can play this course
Robert Garrigus - he's long & he knows how to hit a green
Nicholas Colsaerts - just a matter of time before his big breakthrough
Louis Oosthuizen - consistent performer, long hitter & looking to go one better than last year
Padraig Harringon - Amazingly yes I'm going for the incredibly frustrating Irishman but his (surprisingly) dogged ability to avoid 3-putts, which has historically been vital in winning the Masters, makes him good value. Good record at tough tracks.
Peter Hanson - The likeable swede has form at Augusta National, great putting stats and a cool temperament. Has enjoyed a mini resurgence of late, save last week in Texas!
Rickie Fowler - His short game stats are impressive and though not the longest off the tee accuracy is paramount at Augusta, and this guy has it in spades. Generous price for this regular contender atop of the leaderboard
Dustin Johnson - This guy has it all. Length. Touch. Temperament. Though he's blown a couple of majors, Augusta should be right up his street approaching with the shortest possible irons. Expecting a good week from DJ.
What do you think? Let us know your top 4 picks in the comments below.
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