My prediction for the Masters winner is Rory McIlroy. Right. Pretty safe. But not really, given the depth of the field. Hell, an amateur could win. Freddie could win. As could Bernhard Langer. And certainly Tiger Woods, at 43, could take the green jacket. There are probably 20 players who could easily win, and 20 others who could squeak by, ala Danny Willett.
As for Rory, he comes into the Masters in top form, winner of this year’s Players, and on the cusp of joining just five other players who have won the career Grand Slam: Ben Hogan, Gene Sarazen, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus, and Tiger Woods.
How to win the Masters? Avoid big numbers. Hit irons high, landing them like a butterfly. Putt like Jordan Spieth used to putt. Have a terrific thirst to win like Tiger used to have. Drive it long and straight like Jack used to do. Scramble. Have a calm yet fierce mind and a sound, fit body. I think Rory, who revealed that he has added daily meditation to his quiver of arrows, will prevail.
Whoever the winner, this should be another classic, exciting Masters on a course that is an embodiment and spirit of its founder, Bobby Jones.