The biggest week of the year on the golfing calendar has arrived.
The 79th edition of the Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club tees off Thursday, April 9, and runs through Sunday, April 12th.
If you’re one of many trying to handicap the field and make a green jacket prediction, here’s a look at who’s trending up and who’s trending down as we head towards the first tee.
1. Jordan Spieth
21-year-old Jordan Spieth is playing terrific golf. Spieth lost a Sunday playoff to J.B Holmes in the Shell Houston Open, but a second place finish is still a second place finish. The week before, Spieth also finished in second at the Valero Texas Open. The week before that he had better luck in a playoff, winning the Valpsar Championship over Patrick Reed and Sean O’Hair for his second PGA Tour victory.
Over his last six starts, Spieth has five top 10 finishes, including a win at the Valspar and two runner ups. The 2014 Masters runner up and world No. 4 is simply on fire and will be one of the favorites to watch at Augusta.
2. Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson has exceeded expectations since returning from his leave of absence. The world No. 7 has four top 10 finishes in his last five starts, including a win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Most recently, he finished 6th at the Valero Texas Open. DJ hasn’t played particularly well at Augusta, but he’s playing some of the best golf of his career.
3. Kevin Na
Ranked No. 21 in the world, Kevin Na has quietly had a strong start to his 2015 campaign. Na has three top 10 finishes over his last four starts, including a 6th place finish at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Na’s best finish at Augusta came in 2013 when he finished in 12th. Keep an eye on him this week.
4. Patrick Reed
It’s amazing to think that two years ago, Reed was ranked below 300 in the World Golf Rankings. Now all the way up to No. 15, the 24-year-old has his game sharp heading into the Masters. Reed won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions back in January. He lost the Valpsar last month in that playoff to Jordan Spieth, managing to finish second. He also finished 7th at the Honda Classic. This week will be Reed’s second Masters tournament. He missed the cut last year.
5. Henrik Stenson
Stenson just turned 39 on Sunday, and what better way to celebrate than a potential win at Augusta this week. The world No. 2 has played great golf this season. Stenson has finished in the top four in his last four starts, including a runner up performance at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Stenson has never had a top 10 finish at Augusta, but did finish 14th last year, the best of his career.
6. J.B. Holmes
The winner of Sunday’s Shell Houston Open, Holmes is playing really solid golf at the right time. Holmes could easily be a three time winner on tour this year. He finished runner up at the Farmers Insurance Open and again at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Although arguably playing the best golf of his career, the Kentucky native has only played the Masters one time.
1. Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler has played six events in 2015. His finishing position in order are 46, 61, 41, 12, 29, 71. Fowler has just not looked like himself lately. The world No. 12 finished 5th at Augusta last year.
2. Angel Cabrera
‘El Pato’ doesn’t look like he’ll have a strong chance to win his second green jacket this week. The 45-year-old Argentinian has missed his last three cuts, and five of his last nine.
3. Jamie Donaldson
The 2014 Ryder Cup hero for the Europeans has missed his last two cuts at the Valspar Championship and at the Shell Houston Open. Donaldson finished 14th at Augusta last year in only his second time played.
4. Martin Kaymer
The two time major champion started off hot in 2015, with two top five finishes on the European Tour. Since then, Kaymer has been mediocre, and most recently missed both cuts at the Texas tournaments. He hasn’t had a top 10 finish on the PGA Tour since last November’s HSBC Champions. The German has never finished in the top 30 at Augusta.
5. Lee Westwood
At 41-years-old, Westwood always seems to find himself on the leaderboard at Augusta. Westwood has five top 10 finishes at the Masters, including four out of the past five years. But that might be asking a little too much this week. Westwood just missed the cut at the Shell Houston Open. He only has two top 10 finishes this year, and both came early on the European Tour.