2015 The Masters picks + predictions, plus the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitThursdayyet

Hello friends, and welcome to the 2015 Masters (Jim Nantz voice).  The tournament that needs no introduction is finally here.  Heck, even my golfs-twice-a-year-at-most wife is excited.  It truly is a tradition unlike any other.  A continuous loop all week on the Masters music?  Um, yes please!

Amazingly, you wouldn’t have known this from watching on Golf Channel, but there are other players in the field in addition to just Tiger this week.  In fact, some young Northern Irishman named Rory McIlroy is going for his third straight major + the career grand slam.  Then there’s Jordan Spieth who has been you know, on a ridiculously red hot streak of late finishing top 2 in his past three events.  Oh yeah, then there’s the defending champion Bubba Watson who is gunning for his third green jacket in the past four years who seriously somehow comes in under-the-radar this week.   Storylines galore = yes indeed.

So, who’s my pick to don the green jacket this year?  Who will surprise and who’s the major bust of the week?  Who will secretly eat all the pimento cheese?  Well, keep on reading my friends.

No question about it, my picks last week at the Shell Houston Open flat out sucked (although I did manage to curse Jimmy Walker into a WD as my BUST of the week).  Well anyway, onward and upward as we head into the season’s first major.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last Week: Westwood MC, Kuchar 70th)

Jason Day
Jason Day
– And your 2015 Masters champion is?…..Jason Day.  That’s right folks, the Augusta Aussie jinx ended in dramatic fashion just two years ago with fellow countryman Adam Scott winning his first green jacket, and now it’s JD’s turn.  Day finished t-2nd here in ’11, solo 3rd in ’13 and somehow, someway scraped out a t-20th here last year playing with a seriously banged up wrist.  His form this year has been stellar as well, with a win at Torrey Pines, followed by a t-4th at Pebble Beach and most recently a t-17th at Bay Hill.  Plain and simple, Day has World #1 top-tier talent and is absolutely primed and ready to win a major.  Hello green jacket.

Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker
– Even though he’s a late bloomer, it just seems impossible that this is only Jimmy’s 2nd Masters.  Well, lack of a deep course history aside, frankly I don’t care, as Jimmy and his Butch Harmon precision are straight up dialed in to near perfection at the moment.  I was glad to see him WD last week from the Shell Houston Open following his victory the week prior at the Valero Texas Open, as he now comes in fresh, with huge momentum and good vibes from last year’s t-8th finish at Augusta.  Oh yeah, and he’s highly under the radar too for a player of his caliber because of the absurdity of coverage on Tiger, as well as other storylines.  Lock and load some Jimmy this week.

SEMI-FLIER (Last Week: Swafford MC)

Lee Westwood
Lee Westwood
– Yes indeed, as my buddy Josh Culp recently mentioned, I sure do pick Lee a lot for not being a fan of his.  But as I’ve stated many times before, the guy is a world-class ball-striker.  It may seem a little ironic to pick a player with such a glaring weakness (his short game) at a venue that requires such precision on and around the greens; however, when you hit as many fairways and greens as Lee does, it greatly helps to mask those weaknesses.  His worst finish here since 2010 is t-11th.  I repeat, his worst finish is one place out of the top ten in the past five years!  I’m tossing out the MC at the SHO last week, as all that’s going to do is keep his ownership down even further this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Walker WD)

Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson
– Not even the Swedish Terminator could shake the flu bug last week, as it forced him to WD from the Shell Houston Open.  So now, he comes into the week on the mend with that momentum halted and with some relatively poor course history here (last year’s t-14th finish is his best ever at the Masters).  In his press conference on Tuesday he mentioned how, “the Masters will still be here next year,” and “there’s still the U.S. Open.”  Sounds like he’s talking himself out of contention before the proceedings even start, yikes.  Stay away folks, and thank me later.

**Masters Special- 3 other surefire Hosel-Rocket BUSTS are:
Jonas Blixt, J.B. Holmes + Charley Hoffman
#Quadfecta

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last Week: Stefani t-25th)

Ryan Palmer
Ryan Palmer
– No question about it, Ryan Palmer has been playing some mighty stellar golf so far this season.  Toss out a lone MC at Pebble Beach (as predicted by yours truly btw) and his season thus far has gone something like this: t-17th at Sony Open, t-10th at Humana, t-2nd at Phoenix Open, t-25th at Honda, t-12th at Doral and t-6th at Valero.  So yeah, 6 top 25s including three top 10s and he’s arguably playing the best golf of his life this season.  It’s his first appearance here since 2012 when he MC, but he’s simply a different player nowadays than back then (he did finish solo 10th here in ’11).  Time to make some major noise! (pun certainly intended)

#isitThursdayyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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