Who Master’s Augusta?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matt’s Take:

We all know that Tiger Woods, the former Augusta Assassin, will not win the Master’s, so we can avoid that conversation from here on out.

With round one of golf’s most famed tournament teeing off from Georgia tomorrow, it’s time to take a peek at who has an actual chance to slide on the green jacket.

So by default, there are a few names you have to include on the contender’s list — Phil “Lefty” Mickelson, local favorite Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Jason Day, and Rory McIlroy.

Well, both Mickelson and Day are less than 100 percent, so let’s just go ahead and kick them to the putt putt course; they are not going to win.

So who thinks Watson is actually a legit contender? He is a former Master’s champ, so you can’t count him out. Unfortunately for Bubba, it’s not his year.

What about Scott? As the world’s No. 2 ranked golfer, he has more than a legitimate shot of slipping on his second consecutive green jacket, which would make him the first to do so since the aforementioned Woods.

While I don’t see him winning, Scott will definitely be there in the end. Heck, I think he’s even going to push McIlory to victory, as Rory needs a strong competitor to push him to greatness.

We’ve all seen how McIlroy has stunk it up at the Master’s, so he honestly can’t do much worse than he has in the past. But thankfully for Rory, he’s going to have more luck in Augusta than he is long-term with Caroline Wozniaki.

I think that 2014 is poised to be the year of Rory. Soon we’ll all forget about that Woods fella anyway. Right?

McIlroy wins by two strokes Sunday.

Andrew’s Take:

If you want proof that Eldrick isn’t bigger than the game, this is the weekend. We’re going back to Augusta.

The Masters Tournament is, by far, the best thing that golf has going. And yes, I know, the only reference that most people have with golf is Tiger Woods. But we don’t need him.

In fact, this might be the best tournament in decades. We don’t have to watch 38-year-old child throw a tantrum every time his shot isn’t perfect. Woods will not be announced at The Masters for the first time since his round through the Georgia Pines, 20 years ago. He’s out, after a microdiscectomy.

And if you have made it this far, in your life, without watching The Masters, you haven’t lived.

Clear your schedule. Trust me.

So, on Sunday, who’s on top?

I won’t pull the Phil card. Just because you’ve heard of another golfer, you think you can talk golf?

Of course Phil Michelson has a chance. He’s already done it three times, and he’s still in his prime. But Lefty’s not the favorite.

I’m really tempted to go with Angel Cabrera. The nicest guy in the game can also be the scariest, if you find yourself in his pairing. He crushes the ball, and he doesn’t have to worry about distractions, with the language barrier and all. But he still isn’t getting my bet.

Now, in 2014, it’s Rory’s time. Rory McIlroy is, by far, the best golfer to never wear a green jacket. His career at Augusta has been disappointing, to say the least. But enough is enough. He’s ready.

So find your most comfortable sweats, fill the kitchen with junk food and enjoy the most magical weekend of the year. Happy Spring.