30 days until Augusta and it seems as if the top of the golfing world is a mess.
-Tiger has had his worst start for a year in his career along with the back injury.
-Phil has had some minor health issues and really hasn't done much, plus the putter has been as bad as its been in a while.
-Rory was trending in the right direction till his Honda meltdown and late Saturday meltdown at Doral.
-Scott and Stenson have done nothing all year.
-Jason Day pops up, plays great and wins the match play and then withdraws with a thumb injury.
We've really had a strange start to the year on the PGA Tour. The biggest names are stealing headlines for the wrong reasons.
(I know favorites are silly in golf but it still makes for interesting discussion and i'll take any Masters discussion in March)
Right now my 5 favorites in order are...
1. Bubba Watson- Trending in the right direction. Win at NTO and a 2nd at Doral. He seems to have grown up and moved on from the post Masters life. His length and ability to hit power fades will always keep him in the discussion at Augusta. If he makes putts he'll have another green jacket in his future.
2. Rory McIlroy- Meltdown at Honda aside he's still hitting the ball so much better this year than he did last year. He's got the swing and ball flight to win at Augusta. I think its just a matter of time before he's fitted for a green jacket.
3. Jason Day- If he's healthy he'll be a pre-tournament favorite. He's trending in the right direction not just with his play this year but his play in past years at Augusta National. Back to back Aussies?
4. Dustin Johnson- Leads in the all around and many major categories on Tour so far this year. Seems to have improved the flat stick especially outside of 10 feet. He's been absolutely bombing it off the tee this year and if he finds fairways he'll be hard to beat. I still think he has a break away major in him, just far too talented.
5. Tiger/Phil- I put them together because regardless of health and rust they both show up at the Masters and bring it. Health is Tiger's biggest enemy at this point and it looks like putting has been Phil's biggest issue this year. I don't doubt both will be in contention going into the weekend because it seems like every year they are. Here is some staggering stats for both. Tiger has finished outside the top 10 once in 9 years and outside the top 20 twice since 1997. Phil has finished in the top 10 14 times in his career at Augusta and outside the top 20 just 3 times since 1995. Either way I would expect to see one or both on the final page of the leaderboard come Sunday regardless of how putrid both have been in 2014.