Augusta
Masters logo

There is always speculation as to who will be the favorite going into the Master’s at Augusta National. It is also one of the hardest things to predict.

Jordan Spieth was a favorite simply because he was the defending champion, and had finished second the year before that.

Then there is the rest of the youth movement, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler. As they all occupied the top five for the World Golf Rankings, it was impossible not to give them a fair shake at contending.

Then you had the other common contenders in Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, and Phil Mickelson.

Unfortunately for all of these players, they had some fairly rough times this past weekend.

Rickie Fowler’s opening round set the pace for him to miss the cut as he shot an 80. He followed that on day 2 with a 73.

Phil Mickelson also missed the cut, which was only the third time that has happened for him. He was sitting at -1 after six holes on day 2. However, his day unraveled when he had three double-bogies and two bogies the rest of the way. He finished day 2 with a 79, and it wasn’t enough to play on.

Bubba Watson was on the verge of missing the cut after posting two 75’s. He followed it up on day 3 with a 76. The two-time Master’s champ did shoot a 71 on the final day, which landed him in 37th.

Jason Day who has become one of the most consistent golfers in the PGA, couldn’t seem to break through the par barrier all weekend. He finished day 3 with a 71, but had scores of 72,73,73 for his other rounds. He finished tied for 10th.

Rory McIlroy also finished in that tie for 10th. This may not seem that disappointing, but Rory was one of two players to have three rounds under par. His game was rounded and ready to finally claim that Grand Slam that has eluded him. Unfortunately, day 3 saw him post a 77. That set back on Saturday will make the Grand Slam attempt have to wait one more year.

Dustin Johnson finished tied for 4th, which is a great round. That is, if you haven’t come up short in a similar manner on so many other major events. Dustin Johnson is in the same boat as Rickie Fowler has been. He is right there for contending, but cannot get to the end at the top of the leaderboard.

Then there is the Jordan Spieth saga. Having led all tournament, and killing it on the front 9, the Master’s was his once again. Then there was the par 3, 12th hole. Two shots in the pond and one in the bunker, led to a score of a 7. The once invincible Spieth lost the lead, and the jacket.

Enter Englishmen Danny Willett, who was able to shoot -5 on Sunday to finish -5 for the tournament and claim his first green jacket.

(David Cannon/Getty Images)
(David Cannon/Getty Images)

Even when it seems that a player is built for the Master’s or has learned how to tame those fast, sloping greens and swirling winds, Augusta reminds them that anything can happen at the Master’s.

https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/a-33.jpg?fit=1024%2C689&ssl=1https://i0.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/a-33.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1Malachi DavidGolfRecent PostsAugusta,Bubba Watson,Dustin Johnson,Jason Day,Jordan Spieth,masters 2016,Phil Mickelson,Rickie Fowler,Rory McIlroyThere is always speculation as to who will be the favorite going into the Master's at Augusta National. It is also one of the hardest things to predict. Jordan Spieth was a favorite simply because he was the defending champion, and had finished second the year before that. Then there is...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?