A tradition like any other begins this week. The Masters. The best golf tournament of the Spring. Baseball has begun and the NCAA has dubbed their national champion. These are signs of Spring. Get ready to take a nap and wake up for the third round and crack a few beers with your boys.

Notable 2017 Masters Tee Times for Thursday
Time (ET) Group
8:11 a.m. Trevor Immelman, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas
9:06 a.m. Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin
10:12 a.m. Russell Knox, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama
10:23 a.m. Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Jeunghun Wang
10:34 a.m. Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matthew Fitzpatrick
10:45 a.m. Phil Mickelson, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Si Woo Kim
10:56 a.m. Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day
12:24 p.m. Danny Willett, Matt Kuchar, Curtis Luck (Amateur)
1:19 p.m. Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry
1:41 p.m. Rory McIlroy, Hideto Tanihara, Jon Rahm
2:03 p.m. Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker

The Favorites (per sbr picks)

Dustin Johnson (5-1) The numbero uno. Dustin Johnson has won the last three events in which he has played. He finished 4th at The Masters last year and 6th in 2015. His putting and scrambling have improved tremendously. Johnson is definitely the man to beat this week.

Jordan Spieth (7-1) Spieth owns an incredible Masters record in just three appearances at the event, finishing 2nd-1st-and 2nd last year in his title defense when he came apart at the famous Par 3 12th hole. Despite not looking entirely like the two-time Major winner that he is in all instances this season, he does have a win this season at Pebble Beach back in February.

Rory McIlroy (8-1) The Northern Irishman, currently ranked number two in the world, needs only a Masters victory to complete the career grand slam. McIlroy took the 54-hole lead into Sunday in 2011 before shooting an 80 and finishing 15th. Like Spieth, in Rory’s last three visits, he has three straight Top-10 finishes.

My Dark Horse PickLouis Oosthuizen: This is a sleeper and a half. He lost to Bubba in 2012 in the playoff and has been slowly gaining recognition ever since. With two top 10 finishes in February, Louis is a guy who can make some noise in the first round. Keep an eye on him.

 

I’ll keep an update as the weekend goes on. Happy Masters Week!

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