Masters Week: Preview + Predictions


For those struggling to find their Masters groove — hop over to YouTube for the soothing sounds of Ken Venturi, Peter Oosterhuis and Verne Lundquist as they paint the pictures from Masters of yesteryear. Without a doubt, it’s The Masters with the undisputed best YouTube channel in the world. Hootie and the boys post complete final rounds without commercials, the 1995 Masters Tournament Final Round Broadcast included here.

No chance Jon Rahm sees the weekend after making aces on Monday and Tuesday this week during practice rounds. His second was the world-famous skippy one yesterday on the legendary par 3 16th, which insanely-incredibly happened to be his 27th birthday. But let’s not forget — others have hopped the pond and in the cup on 16. The beloved Vinjay Singh did in 2009 and finished T30, and Martin Kaymer did it in 2012, he finished T44.

Bryson DeChambeau is the rage with his one major championship — the U.S. Open in September. There has been talk that he’s “reset” the game and changed the rules. Let’s pump the breaks and remember that golf demands accuracy off the tee even for players hitting it 360-yards — DeChambeau can’t hit it and hope for 72 holes. He must hit his lines like everyone else or he’ll be over there by Butler Cabin like Rory or in the trees like Bubba. And approach shots have to be close and putts have to go in. Distance helps, but the winner will have to hit it close and make putts — never easy.

It won’t be the same without the roars of the polite fans with their little Masters folding chairs. This Masters snuck up on me and I haven’t been eagerly excited about this fall edition. But then I heard the soothing keys of “Augusta” by Dave Loggins and I realized a Green Jacket is special in any global pandemic. However, it will be odd to see a masked-up Tiger Woods toss the jacket at the winner from six-feet away because like Rahmbo, Woods is missing the cut too.

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