The 79th Masters are so we close we can taste it. It’s time to start busting out a few predictions for what we can expect to see this week. Our predictions are bold, brash and at times, hilarious.
1. Rain will cause play to be suspended.
The forecast this week at the Masters isn’t great, and it seems to change every five minutes. At some point, there will be a rain delay.
2. Ben Crenshaw will make the cut.
The two time green jacket winner is playing in his final Masters. Although he hasn’t made the cut since 2007, Crenshaw will turn back the clock this week and have his moment.
3. Fred Couples will finish in the top 10.
Like a fine wine, Fred Couples just gets better with age. The 1992 Masters champion hasn’t finished worse than 20th in the last five years, and managed to finish in 6th back in 2010.
4. You’ll see at least 10 replays of Tiger’s 2005 chip-in on the par-3 16th.
The return of Tiger Woods? Five years since his miracle chip? Yep, except to see this replay, a lot.
5. The lefty who plays the best this week won’t be Bubba Watson.
Bubba Watson will not win his third green jacket this week, and won’t finish ahead of another lefty, Phil Mickelson. Phil played brilliantly last week at the Shell Houston Open, and he will carry that momentum into this week at Augusta. Expect at least a top 10 finish.
6. CBS Broadcaster Jim Nantz will say “hello friends” at least 50 times.
Jim Nantz has lead CBS’ coverage of the Masters since 1989. His signature “hello friends” greeting has become his signature, to the point that it’s sometimes overdone. Expect to hear it a lot this week.
7. The most interesting grouping is the trio of Miguel Angel Jimenez, Lee Westwood and Anirban Lahiri.
What do you get when you combine golfers from Spain, England and India? We have no idea, but it should be pretty entertaining.
8. Rory McIlroy will finish outside the top 10.
We said bold didn’t we? Rory McIlroy, the No. 1 player in the world who is trying to complete the career Grand Slam this week will finish outside the top 10. Rory’s game has been a little off the past couple months, and he even missed a cut at the Honda Classic. Rory will finish in the top 20, but won’t crack the top 10.
9. An announcer will stupidly mention Jason Dufner’s divorce.
Don’t rub salt in the wound! It was made public recently that Jason Dufner and his wife Amanda will be getting a divorce. Dufner won’t make the cut this week, and at least one time an announcer will use the personal life distractions as an excuse.
10. Henrik Stenson will keep his clothes on.
This isn’t a bold prediction, but we’re thankful for it anyway.
11. Rickie Fowler will miss the Masters cut for the first time in his career.
Whoa. We know Rickie finished in the top five of every major last year. But has anyone seen him play this year? Rickie has finished 61, 41, 12, 29 and 71 in his last five PGA events. Although he’s never missed a cut at Augusta in his life, something is awry with Fowler’s game at the moment.
12. There will be at least one hole-in-one.
There have been 24 hole-in-ones in Masters history by 24 different golfers. The most recent came in 2013 by Jamie Donaldson. 15 of the 24 hole-in-ones have occurred at the par-3 16th, so expect an ace there this year. James Hahn recorded a hole-in-one on the iconic 12th during Tuesday’s practice round. An omen?
13. Jordan Spieth will finish in the top 5.
Last year’s runner up is playing incredible golf at the moment. Expect another strong showing for the 21 year old and another top five finish. That green jacket is coming soon.
14. The winner will be at least 10 below par.
From 2009-2012 every Masters champion was at least 10 under par. Expect to see that again on Sunday afternoon.
15. Rory McIlroy’s workout routine will be talked about ad nauseum
Rory McIlroy is jacked and everybody knows it. His body has undergone a complete transformation in the past few years. Get ready to hear about it.
16. Tiger Woods will make the cut.
Since missing last year’s Masters after back surgery, Tiger Woods has made six official PGA Tour starts. The results: missed cut, 69th, withdrawal, MC, MC, WD. With expectations so low this week, Tiger will sneak his way into the weekend and make the cut.
17. Jason Day will win the Masters.
It’s his time. In 2011, Day finished T2 at Augusta. In 2013, he finished third. Noticing a pattern? The 27-year-old Aussie seems to thrive in odd numbered years, and we like his chances to finally break through and capture the green jacket.
18. Tiger Woods will be the most talked about golfer for four days.
It doesn’t matter who wins, every single storyline will be second to the return of Tiger Woods. You’ll see more shots of Tiger Woods on the course than any other golfer. If he actually makes the cut as we predict? Oh boy.