ESPN predictions for who wins this yr’s Masters


AUGUSTA, Ga. — Look by the checklist beneath. There are lot of various gamers on this 2021 Masters who might stroll away with the inexperienced jacket and it would not shock you. There’s Dustin Johnson, the defending champion who torched the place simply 5 months in the past in a one-time-only fall Masters. There’s Justin Thomas, who lately received the Gamers Championship. There are different common decisions, like Jordan Spieth, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm and Rory McIlroy. There are a few wild-card picks.

That is the wonder within the depth {of professional} golf proper now. It is also what makes the Masters so particular, that no recreation is favored. Anyone who performs nicely, handles the strain and makes a couple of putts can win.

So right here is who we have now profitable:

Matt Barrie, ESPN
Winner: Justin Thomas
Why he’ll win: Like his general recreation and standing among the many world’s greatest, Thomas has slowly been ascending the Masters’ leaderboard annually he is performed since 2016. And since 2018, he is discovered himself inside the highest 20, together with fourth in November. This says JT now has consolation and familiarity with the way to play this main and this course. Add to that his win on the Gamers, and it is an ideal recipe of confidence and recreation plan for DJ to provide JT his first inexperienced jacket.

David Bearman, ESPN Sports activities Betting
Cameron Smith
Why he’ll win: Anytime you might have “first participant in Masters historical past” connected to your title, it will get my consideration. Smith turned the primary to have all 4 rounds within the 60s in his runner-up end in November. Nobody was catching the runaway DJ prepare, so T-2 was nearly as good because it was going to get for the remainder of the sphere. Add the truth that Smith completed T-5 two years prior and you’ve got a teenager who has discovered the way to get round this course. He completed fourth on the Genesis and T-11 at WGC Workday Championship at The Concession, the place a third-round 77 knocked him out of the lead. He is within the high 25 in strokes gained: complete, placing and across the inexperienced, all good for the problem of Augusta Nationwide.

Michael Collins,
Jon Rahm
Why he’ll win: All morning I stored making an attempt to think about who the winner was going to be and I could not get the film “Rocky II” out of my head. When Adrian is within the hospital and wakes up. Rocky is there together with her and holding their new child and he or she says, “There’s one factor I need you to do for me. Come right here.” Rocky leans in shut. “Win … WIN!” Jon Rahm, whose spouse, Kelley, gave beginning to their first baby final week, is profitable his first main this week. And y’all have to go watch Rocky II proper now.

Michael Eaves, ESPN
Winner: Collin Morikawa
Why he’ll win: Nice ball-strikers all the time have an opportunity at Augusta. Proper now, Morikawa is one of the best iron participant on the earth. He is first in strokes gained: strategy, third in strokes gained: tee-to-green, fourth in birdie common and fifth in greens in regulation. He is removed from a bomber, however I am going to take his 6-iron in opposition to most guys’ 9-irons.

Chris Fallica, ESPN Stats & Info
Winner: Justin Thomas
Why he’ll win: He is improved his end annually at Augusta Nationwide, and there aren’t many iron gamers on the market like him proper now. I anticipate these greens to be like glass after the score-fest final fall and JT’s iron play will supply him an enormous edge. He additionally simply received the Gamers and may have a ton of confidence in his recreation proper now. Few gamers have the power to grind it out on Thursday and Friday after which go super-low on the weekend like JT.

Charlotte Gibson,
Winner: Jon Rahm
Why he’ll win: It is easy: Life is nice for Jon Rahm proper now. This weekend, Rahm and his spouse, Kelley, welcomed their first baby, a boy named Kepa Cahill Rahm. In an Instagram publish, Rahm stated, “Undoubtedly the best day of my life!” And name me loopy, nevertheless it looks like we might have one other Danny Willett state of affairs on our arms (5 years in the past, Willett received the Masters simply days after the beginning of his son). And if that is not a ok cause to select somebody to win their first inexperienced jacket, Rahm’s three straight top-10 finishes at Augusta and No. 3 rating ought to do the trick. It looks like Rahm would possibly expertise the second-greatest day of his life this week.

Bob Harig,
Rory McIlroy
Why he’ll win: For as soon as, Rory can play with out strain. Actually there may be the self-imposed selection, however not many are going to provide McIlroy an opportunity given his play of late and the truth that he is introduced on a brand new coach Pete Cowen. And but, McIlroy by no means appeared that far off. Maybe he performs Augusta Nationwide with decrease expectations and sees the outcomes present up instantly. McIlroy is greater than able to placing up the low numbers, regardless of his latest struggles.

Doug Kezirian, ESPN Sports activities Betting
Winner: Dustin Johnson
Why he’ll win: I hate going with the plain choose, however he is the betting favourite for a cause. He dominated the sphere at Augusta in November, and I chalk any latest struggles to boredom. He’ll be prepared and centered for a serious.

Peter Lawrence-Riddell,
Dustin Johnson
Why he’ll win: He hasn’t performed nice in his final three begins — T-54, T-48 and T-28 — and repeating at Augusta after simply profitable there lower than 5 months in the past is a tall job, however DJ’s observe file says he can turn into simply the fourth participant to win back-to-back Masters (Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tigers Woods are the others). He is completed T-10 or greater in his previous 5 begins on the Masters, so he must be in competition all week and I am on the lookout for a return to Augusta to get DJ again within the winner’s circle.

Anita Marks, ESPN Sports activities Betting
Bryson DeChambeau
Why he’ll win: It is a tough yr to foretell a Masters winner. The metrics wanted to win at Augusta are distance, strokes gained across the inexperienced, the power to scramble, par-5 scoring and placing. This yr greater than ever, placing might be crucial issue, contemplating the greens might be rather a lot quicker and firmer than ever. Phrase is that Augusta of us weren’t proud of the way in which Dustin Johnson slayed their observe again in November (record-setting 20 underneath), and this week’s greens might be quicker than ever. DeChambeau checks a number of bins, together with being one of the cerebral golfers on tour, however I am rolling with Bryson due to his placing abilities (high 5 on agency and quick bentgrass his final 24 rounds).

Andy North, ESPN
Jordan Spieth
Why he’ll win: He loves Augusta Nationwide, has nice reminiscences there, he has his confidence again and he is making putts from in all places. Plus, this might be an ideal story.

Nick Pietruszkiewicz,
Tony Finau
Why he’ll win: So I can not make the mess I normally make and choose Rickie Fowler. He isn’t right here. So I am rolling with Finau, who been right here thrice and has two high 10s. He is felt the Sunday warmth; he was within the final group and noticed Tiger Woods win in 2019. He has only one victory, the 2016 Puerto Rico Open. He ought to have extra by now. He will get the most important one in all his life this week.

Mark Schlabach,
Justin Thomas
Why he’ll win: He has been trending in the appropriate path yearly he has performed the Masters. Augusta Nationwide is a second-shot course, and few gamers are higher than JT in relation to strategy photographs. He received the Gamers Championship for his 14th tour victory after which had an early exit on the WGC-Match Play, so he’ll be motivated to play nicely right here. With how nicely he has performed in latest seasons, the 27-year-old ought to have multiple main by now. On Sunday, he’ll add his first inexperienced jacket to his 2017 PGA Championship victory.

Marty Smith, ESPN
Jordan Spieth
Why he’ll win: I talked to Andy North. He instructed me Jordan Spieth would win. So there you go.

Curtis Unusual, ESPN
Justin Thomas
Why he’ll win: Do not ask silly questions!

Wright Thompson,
Jordan Spieth
Why he’ll win: He is again.

Tom VanHaaren,
Jordan Spieth
Why he’ll win: I’m one hundred pc overreacting to Spieth’s win final week, and I am right here for all of it. Give me Spieth placing on a inexperienced jacket Sunday, an emotional speech in Butler Cabin in regards to the final 4 years and perseverance, then some hilarious celebration photographs after.

Scott Van Pelt
Justin Thomas
Why he’ll win: The pattern line at for him at Augusta is superb. The Gamers win solely provides confidence. (I am additionally making an attempt to take strain off Xander Schauffele, whom I’ve picked about eight occasions in a row).


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