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The Mystical Meeting that is the Masters

Welcome back to another segment of the Lake Ridge Picayune. By the way, “picayune” is defined as “something trivial” by Merriam-Webster, which I think fits perfectly since these are my thoughts on different topics. Also, it pays homage to my high school newspaper, which was also called the Picayune and was where I had my first sports story published. . . Now let’s get to the real topic.

The 2015 Masters Tournament is less than two weeks away. It’s a perfect way to essentially and unofficially kick off the golf season.

Annually golf’s greatest players meet at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. There they’ll play one of the most challenging courses on the circuit. Legends from years past and the greatest up-and-coming stars, meet in the same tournament to decide the winner of the club’s signature green jacket.

This year’s Masters feels like it’s completely up in the air, which could be a good thing. However, I think the general consensus is that the majority of golf fans really like having that one guy (e.g. Tiger Woods) being the man to beat. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see how the TV ratings look after the event.

Personally, I like a wide-open field. I think a close contest of three or four guys competing is more exciting than one guy simply blowing away the entire field, like what Tiger Woods did in the past.

In this year’s Masters field, there are a lot of names that I think would be great to see them win. Some of these guys already have a green jacket, but I think they’re all very likeable guys and easy to cheer for.

  • Bubba Watson

     Defending champion and two-time Masters winner. I’ve worked at golf courses for almost seven years and I’ve had plenty of chats about PGA tournaments on TV with guests passing through the golf shop. I can’t say I ever remember anyone not liking Bubba. As I said, he’s the defending champion and has won two of the last three Masters, so maybe he should be considered the “man to beat” this year.

  • Adam Scott

     I’ve always been a fan of Adam Scott. He’s a quiet competitor, but he plays some of the best golf in the world. Nothing too flashy, but definitely scores very well. His only major victory was in 2013 and it came at Augusta. He is Australian so he’s not the “hometown pick” for any American but I’d still like to see him win it.

  • Rory McIlroy

     I know some golf fans aren’t too high on McIlroy. But his achievements before the age of 26 are pretty impressive and speak for themselves. McIlroy has won every major tournament except for the Masters. He won his second PGA Championship and his first British Open championship last year and is currently ranked #1 in the world by World Golf Ranking. He’s definitely a contender, but we can’t forget about his implosion at the 2011 Masters.

  • Fred Couples and Tom Watson

     These two are my sentimental picks. What’s not to love about these two? Couples and Watson are 55 and 65 years old, respectively, and are expected to play in the tournament this year. They’re living legends to some and who wouldn’t want to see either of them beat out the young guns for second or third green jacket? Their best years may be behind them, but you never know what might happen once the tournament begins.

So there they are, who I’d like to see win the 2015 Masters. I used my head, my heart and both to make the picks. Who do you think will win the tournament? Who would you like to win the tournament? Tell us on Facebook and while you’re there, don’t forget to enter our Pick the Winner contest for the 2015 Masters you could win two free rounds to Lake Ridge Golf Course!