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For the Masters don't overlook the field

Apr 4, 2017 3:00 AM

The Masters kicks off this Thursday, and for me it is the tournament that stands above all the others.

Yes, over all the other majors – the PGA, U.S. Open and the British. The Masters is the perfect event from the beauty of the course itself to the field to the television coverage. I love it!

Dustin Johnson, the current World No. 1 golfer, won three straight tournaments but decided to sit out this past weekend’s Houston Open and rest, while guys like Jordan Spieth and Rickie Fowler participated. Here’s my take: Johnson won’t win the Masters.

Think about it; would you get up from the poker table or blackjack table if you won three games in a row? I seriously doubt it! That’s really what Johnson did; he shut himself down at the wrong time. I’m a big fan of momentum; if I’m wrong, I will fess up.

There are plenty of guys who could win this year – like Spieth, Bubba Watson or Patrick Reed, and I really have no dog in the fight. The TV guys will fawn over Phil Mickelson and regale us with his uncanny talent, but I don’t see him in the picture .

My dark horse is the field; look for talent and driving ability to be major factors. The Masters should really be Johnson’s fourth victory in a row, or even his fifth if he had played at Houston, but Augusta is where you need finesse as much as power.

If I have to pick a winner, it’s Spieth. But my dark horse is Henrik Stenson.