The year’s first major is upon us, and there is no shortage of storylines heading into Augusta National in 2021. Here’s a look at the top-10 headlines to follow this year.
We were grateful for any sporting event in 2020, and The Masters being played in November was no exception. But, this event is made for the Spring. It felt different for many reasons last year, and the lack of popping pick, yellow, and purple flowers was at the top of the list.
As previously stated; we were grateful for having a 2020 edition of The Masters. It was lacking something on Sunday down the stretch... the Sunday Roars! Only a small percentage of patrons will be allowed on the ground, but they will be plenty loud on the back 9 on Sunday to send chills down players spines.
Bryson created a bit of a stir last year calling Augusta National a par 68. After barely making the cut he attributed his poor play to head and body aches. Augusta National had to change to adapt to the power Tiger Woods brought to the course, that has not been the case for Bryson yet, in fact his best finish is tied for 21st.
Let's get this out of the way; Rory's game is tailor made for Augusta National. He hits the ball a ton off the tee, comes into greens with high ball flights, and has enough course knowledge to know what each putt will do. But ever since blowing a 4-stroke 54 hole lead in 2011, he hasn't truley been in it at Augusta. He is a Green Jacket short of the career grand slam. Is this the year Rory becomes the 6th golfer in history to complete the career grand slam?
Ever since shooting an 11-under 61 at the waste Management in February, Spieth's game has returned. He won last week by 2-strokes, and has been playing with a chance to win The Masters 3 times on the back 9 on a Sunday. he has already converted one of those into a Green Jacket. His game has always translated well at Augusta National. Based on his form the last 2 months, he will be there again on Sunday afternoon with a chance to win it.
Dustin Johnson has been spectacular when he's teed it up in The Masters recently with a T6, T4, T10, T2, and a win his last 5 trips. His form has not been spectacular coming into the tournament, but his game has been very consistent at Augusta National.
Americans have dominated in recent history winning 5 of the last 7, and the last 3. Internationals have a bunch of talent, but Americans have just as much talent.
Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay, Ricky Fowler, Xander Schauffele, Tommy Fleetwood, Tony Finau, Hideki Matsuyama, Matt Kuchar... all great players, and all without a Major. There is plenty of talent in that list to have one of them slipping on the Green Jacket Sunday afternoon.
Brooks has been the best player at Majors over the last 4 years, and it is not even close. He is coming off a knee injury, which is on the heels of a different knee injury. When he shows up at Majors, the dude produces- plain and simple. Brooks is on the grounds this week, so if the knee holds up, he'll have a great chance to win it.
The rookie class of 2020 has already shown themselves to be one of the best rookie classes in recent memory. Collin Morikawa has already won 3 times including the PGA Championship in 2020, Viktor Hovland has won twice on tour, and Matthew Wolf has 2 top-5 finishes at Major Championships; T4 at the 2020 PGA Championship and 2nd at the US Open last year . Remember the old PGA Tour slogan "These Guys are Good"? Well... these guys are VERY good.