By Jason Bruno
The 79th playing of the Masters has many notable storylines:
Rory McIlroy goes for the career Grand Slam and his fifth major championship.
Bubba Watson attempts to win his third Jacket in the last four years.
Tiger Woods returns after a long absence from competition - can he contend?
Jordan Spieth nearly won the Masters last year, what lessons did he learn?
Phil Mickelson can tie Woods with 4 titles, is that enough motivation to bring out his best?
Adam Scott goes back to the anchored broomstick this week, can he do it again?
With the exception of Woods, who's making another return from injury and swing/
shortgame issues, the other five are legit contenders. Who else in the field has a legit
chance to wear green on Sunday evening?
Is there any Masters magic left for Phil & Tiger?
There are six others that are primed to grab their first Green Jacket come Sunday:
Jimmy Walker might be playing the best golf of anyone on the planet right now, and
Augusta National sets up perfect for his high right to left ball flight.
Dustin Johnson for the same reasons as Walker is on the radar of many this week.
The question for DJ is on the greens (he's perhaps the most talented ball striker in the
Rickie Fowler got a sniff in all four majors of 2014, but with a slow start this season
he's being overlooked - it's a bit of a gut call, but he has the goods to contend.
Henrik Stenson ranked #2 in the world, has done it all except win a major. The
Swede's game mimics that of Dustin Johnson - it's all about the flatstick for him.
Jason Day has been so close the last few years in majors, especially at Augusta
National. He's put in copious amounts of shortgame prep this year leading up to
this years Masters. I was able to spend sometime inside the ropes observing close
up at Bay Hill, he has all the shots and looks poised to break through. Only he
can get in his own way of one day winning his favorite event. The 27 year old
Aussie is our pick to win the 2015 Masters and bring another Green Jacket to the
people of Oz.
Under the Radar:
Brooks Koepka - Long hitting 24 year old playing in his first Masters.
Brandt Snedeker - Is his flatstick enough to compete with the bombers on what
likely will be a long wet track this week?
Keegan Bradley - He has the length, does he have the touch?
Sergio Garcia - Has all the physical skills, but does he believe?
Justin Rose - Tough start to 2015, but he's too good to not be a serious threat.