LEE WESTWOOD is aware of what it takes to play nice golf on the Masters – despite the fact that the coveted inexperienced jacket has all the time by some means stayed out of arm’s attain for the previous world No1.
He completed runner-up at Augusta in 2010 and 2016, third in 2012, and threw in a pair extra high ten finishes within the final six years.
Westy has marked our card on the gamers he expects to be in competition this week….
Rosey’s Masters report is a bit like mine, agonisingly shut a couple of instances, however no fats cigar to chew on thus far.
However I positively suppose he’ll pull on a inexperienced jacket sooner relatively than later.
I like the best way he’s placing as of late, with that adjusted claw grip of his.
He’s way more according to the a brief stick than when he completed second in 2015 and 2017, and he makes way more clutch putts than he used to.
He gained at Torrey Pines turning handstands at the beginning of the 12 months, and there have been indicators he was getting again to that kind on the World Match play a few weeks in the past.
I actually like his possibilities this 12 months.
The opposite Justin has been a bit quiet not too long ago, however class is everlasting.
And he’s high class by any requirements, a Main winner and a world No 1, and he nonetheless appears to be like like he’s solely simply sufficiently old to shave.
I assumed he dealt with the stress brilliantly on the Ryder Cup, particularly when he took down Rory of their epic Singles match.
He was the one actual shiny spot for the Individuals in Paris.
He had three high three finishes in fast succession at the beginning of the 12 months, and I believe this event has been his massive focus, so I’m not fearful that he went off the boil a bit after that.
Louis has had lots of issues along with his again, however when he’s match and firing he’s a match for anyone – simply suppose again to his 2010 Open win, and the truth that he has additionally achieved the ‘Second Slam’, as runner-up in all 4 Majors.
I used to be second the 12 months he gained the Claret Jug, however it didn’t really feel like a near-miss.
Louis lapped the sector and gained by seven pictures.
That’s what he’s able to when he performs his finest golf.
He was runner-up on the Valspar Championship final month and a quarter-finalist on the World Match Play, so there are not any doubts about his health going into the Masters.
Finau was one other man who impressed me on the Ryder Cup, as a result of he was below a good quantity of stress after being given a wild card despite the fact that he has solely gained one PGA Tour title – and that was at a second tier occasion in Puerto Rico.
However I don’t suppose he’s fazed by having to endure a load of near-misses, and as soon as he breaks via he’ll win loads of massive occasions.
And he was very spectacular within the Majors final 12 months, with three high tens.
I assumed the 66 he shot within the closing spherical final 12 months, when he was nonetheless troubled by the terrible ankle damage he suffered within the par three, was an actual eye-opener – and a style of issues to come back.
One of the vital under-rated gamers within the sport, and I’ve been anticipating him to indicate simply how good he’s by successful a Main for the previous few years.
I nonetheless suppose it can occur quickly.
I can’t see any weaknesses in his sport, and he performs arduous programs very well.
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That is the type of player you want on your side in the Majors.
He will be on my shortlist again for the Open in July, regardless of how he does at Augusta.
He was fourth in the Masters in 2013 when it was like Australia Day – Adam Scott won and Jason Day finished third – and he was top ten again last year, so he can handle Augusta.
Fancy a flutter on one of Lee Westwood’s Five to Follow?
Here are the latest odds…
Justin Rose – 11/1
Justin Thomas – 16/1
Louis Oosthuizen – 30/1
Tony Finau – 33/1
Marc Leishman – 33/1