6 Golfers to Watch Out for Leading Up to The Masters® 2018

    With less than 3 weeks left until The Masters Golf Tournament®, the competition is heating up and the predictions are coming through on who could become the Green Jacket holder this year. It’s only mid-March and this golf season has already given every golf fan a run for their money, with everyone on the edge of their seats thinking “WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT?”

     

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    So, what do we know right now? Tiger Woods seems to be back and on the prowl, Phil Mickelson isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and Paul Casey just won his first victory on American soil since 2009.

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    Here are the 6 golfers we think you should be on the look out for in the weeks leading up to The Masters® 2018:

    Tiger Woods

    You can’t turn on ESPN or the Golf Channel or even look at any social media platform without seeing the name Tiger Woods in flashing neon lights. The four-time Masters Tournament winner is back and getting better with every tournament he plays. He finished second at the Valspar Championship, just one stroke back from Paul Casey, leaving it to the last putt on the final hole before finishing second. This will be the first time he’s played at The Masters® since 2015 and all eyes are on Woods to see if he can live up to the hype during the 2018 tournament.

    Phil Mickelson

    Just when people think that Phil Mickelson is about to hang up his clubs and walk away from the professional game, he ends what was approaching a five-year drought and wins the WGC-Mexico Championship. This win positioned the left-handed golfer for four consecutive top-six leader board appearances. If Mickelson could pull out a win at The Masters® 2018, then he would surpass Jack Nicklaus in being the oldest golfer to win the tournament. In addition to this, if he wins the tournament this week he will join the exclusive four-timers club with Nicklaus as well. 

    Rickie Fowler

    Coming off of a win at the Houston Open, all eyes are on Fowler to see if he can keep up the momentum. During The Masters 2017, he played in the second to last pairing followed by a below average performance throughout the week. However, Fowler has a great understanding of the course and people are paying attention to his sharp iron shots. He has a 72.3 average score at Augusta National which is better than Bubba Watson who is a two-time Masters champion. 

    Dustin Johnson

    The number one golfer in the world is still the clear favorite to win The Masters® 2018, as long as he stays on his feet during the tournament week. However, his 2018 season has been a bit all over the place to say the least. Johnson has participated in four tournaments so far, he’s won one, tied for ninth, tied for second, and tied for 16th, but this doesn’t generate a cause for concern, as he is the number one player in the world. If Dustin Johnson can refrain from injury between now and April 8th, then the odds of him making the cut to play on Sunday are said to be pretty high.

    Justin Rose

    As the runner-up to last year’s Masters Tournament, could this be the year that Justin Rose finally earns his Green Jacket? Rose has found himself in the top 25 every year at Augusta National® for the past ten years. It’s likely that there aren’t many golfers who want this win more than he does. Rose is feeling confident as he heads down the road to the first major of the year, “This new generation motivates me because I know I have to be my best.”

    Justin Thomas

    Thomas has finished in the top 10 in the last four events he's played in and hasn't finished outside of the top 25 this season. He won the Honda Classic and came in second to Mickelson at the WGC Mexico Championship. Many are wondering if he can go the extra mile to snag that first place spot. 

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