With Augusta prepping itself for the 2015 Masters coming around the corner, we are very sure the green keepers will make the green super slick and grow out the rough. And as we near the tape, Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy stands out as the early contenders.
We weigh in their chances with the experts.
Who’s going to forget that great escape at the 10th hole in 2012, when Bubba Watson hit that amazing hook around the trees to save par and beat Louis Oosthuizen in a playoff for his first Masters’ victory.
Or Watson’s towering blast over the trees at the 13th last year, where he cut the corner with that mammoth 366-yard drive in the final round to set up his second victory at Augusta National.
“This place suits him perfectly,” Rickie Fowler said last year. “He’s able to hit golf shots around here that some guys can’t.”
Bubba Watson makes his way around Augusta National like some caretaker’s son, like the kid who knows all a property’s shortcuts, all its nooks and crannies. We see the comfort he has there, his confident sense of belonging. So do other players. It’s what makes Bubba the favorite to win his third Masters’ title in four years. The belief he takes to that iconic golf course knowing it embraces him as much as he embraces it makes him the man to beat no matter what the oddsmakers say.
An angrily tossed club and more than a sleeve of lost golf balls aside, Rory McIlroy is still the man to beat at Augusta National.
The world No. 1 missed the cut in his first start on the PGA Tour two weeks ago at the Honda Classic and received more attention last week at Doral for throwing his 3-iron into a lake than he did for his game. But as McIlroy has proven in his young career, he is exceedingly adept at turning things around.
Remember, this is the same guy who struggled in 2013 – only to come back and win two majors and a World Golf Championships event in 2014.
At Doral, where he tied for ninth with something well less than his best stuff, McIlroy was particularly concerned with his inability to move the ball from right-to-left in a healthy breeze.
As a result, he will spend this week with his father and New England quarterback Tom Brady looking for answers at Augusta National.
He has plenty of time to cure what ails his long game. But most importantly, he has plenty of motivation to turn things around in time for the Masters – a chance to win the career Grand Slam.
So are you voting for Bubba or Rory? Read the full original article to find out more at Golf Channel.
Source: Golf Channel
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