2015 Masters Picks
Only two programs on television make me wish Smell-O-Vision was a real thing: The Masters and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Yes, I am willing to risk getting a whiff of the surely overwhelming cologne Guy Fieri wears, but I’m even more willing to brave the body odor of the chubby, pit-stained visitors at Augusta if it means I even catch a sniff of those azaleas or the freshly cut, pristine grass. Last year I was on a hot streak picking golfers and this is my first time this year dusting off the ‘ole brain for some picks, but I’m down for a little trial by fire at Augusta. Let’s get to it!
Jason Day – If I had three mortgages, I’d bet at least two of them on Day to win it all at Augusta. I can feel it in my plums. Anyway, he tied for second at The Masters in 2011. He has four top-five finishes this year, including a win at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines. I couldn’t find the link, but his interview after winning that tournament sealed it for me, he’s confident this year.
Dustin Johnson – I could make many references to DJ’s personal life here, but I won’t, because The PLB respects a good effort to get better. Johnson has been roping it lately and he literally walks with a swagger that can’t be matched by many others, except maybe Shia Labeouf. He’s been spotty this year, in six total starts he missed the cut twice, but he did place in the top-six four times. His last two starts were a win at Trump Doral and a tie for sixth at Houston. He’s hot and dangerous *Ke$ha voice*.
Jimmy Walker – Mr. Reliable. Walker reminds me of a dad you can always count on. Come to think of it, I wish Jimmy Walker was my dad. He always has a strangle hold on the FedEx standings, he currently sits atop them yet again and he has two victories this season. Walker tied for eighth in his Masters debut last year, this year he could definitely win it all.
Jonas Blixt – Not only can Blixt slap it around the links with the best of ’em, but he also looks like a Swedish boy-band lead singer. In his Masters debut last year, he tied for second. However, this year he has missed five of 10 cuts. He did tie for 25th at Houston last week though and that’s a good sign because many compare the course to Augusta. I think he’ll have a strong showing again.
Camillo Villegas – Aside from having a name that first-year Spanish students are deathly afraid of, Villegas also has game that scares his foes. He’s always up for a good run and he has two top 25s this year at Honda and Doral. He probably won’t win, but if you’re in a pool he could grab you some solid points on the cheap.
Matt Every – Every is my sleeper. He JUST shot a 66 last Sunday to finish 19-under par and get his second-straight victory at the Arnold Palmer in Orlando. I can’t ignore someone that hot, I just have a good feeling about him.
That’s all I have amigos. Enjoy The Masters.