Masters 2024: SB Nation 3 Daring Predictions for Augusta Nationwide


The 2024 Masters Match is among the most anticipated occasions yearly. This yr isn’t any exception. If something, the heightened sense of pleasure has reached a fever pitch as the most effective gamers on the planet will as soon as once more play the identical course, on the similar time.

13 members of LIV Golf will descend upon Augusta Nationwide, with seven of them having received a Inexperienced Jacket beforehand.

In the meantime, the PGA Tour has their shiny toy, Scottie Scheffler, taking part in out of his thoughts proper now.

Scheffler received each the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Gamers Championship again to again. Then he practically received his third consecutive PGA Tour occasion on the Houston Open, lacking a brief putt to drive a playoff.

However he’s removed from the one menace to win at Augusta Nationwide from the Tour.

Xander Schauffele is taking part in very properly this yr. As is reigning U.S. Open champion Wyndham Clark, who completed runner as much as Scheffler at Bay Hill and TPC Sawgrass.

With so many storylines at play, SB Nation reveals it’s three daring predictions for the 2024 Masters.

Masters 2024: 3 Daring Predictions

PGA Tour Stars Fall Flat at Augusta Nationwide

There are a selection of the way to interrupt down the Masters every year when it comes to predicting who will carry out properly.

One in every of them is at all times expertise. As we have now seen yr after yr, newcomers to Augusta Nationwide have a really onerous time their first time round this observe. There are such a lot of nuances to this course that till it properly, it’s troublesome to conceive the kind photographs required to provide Sunday magic.

It’s not simply the nice photographs that win right here, it’s the appropriate misses. You completely should know the place to overlook at Augusta or you haven’t any shot.

Texas Children’s Houston Open - Round Three, Wyndham Clark

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Pretty much as good as Clark is taking part in proper now, which he’s taking part in fantastically, I don’t see him in rivalry come Sunday his first time right here.

One other key ingredient to take a look at is type. How properly are gamers taking part in coming into this week?

Effectively, Rory McIlroy is totally breaking together with his custom in taking the week prior off and competed within the Valero Texas Open. McIlroy additionally not too long ago visited swing coach Butch Harmon, acknowledging his swing was not in a superb place.

He has but to crack the highest 10 this yr and I don’t consider he completes the Grand Slam together with his present type.

Viktor Hovland, coming off his 2023 Tour Championship, has had something however a stellar begin to his 2024 marketing campaign.

Max Homa and Brian Harman have additionally had lackluster begins to their yr.

I stated ‘most’ as a result of Scheffler, the World No. 1, is on fireplace. He completely ought to be within the combine come Sunday.

However for a lot of the remainder of the celebrities of the PGA Tour, I don’t see it.

LIV Golfers As soon as Once more Make a Assertion

Final yr, members of the LIV Golf Tour completed 2nd, 2nd and 4th. The winner, after all, was Jon Rahm. The Spaniard then left to affix the rival circuit in December, taking the Inexperienced Jacket with him.

Brooks Koepka is thought for being an absolute killer on the golf course. You realize it has been consuming him up inside since faltering to Rahm late Sunday in 2023. He might be there down the stretch.

2023 Masters Tournament - Final Round, Jon Rahm, Brooks Koepka

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So too will Joaquin Niemann. The Chilean professional may be the one participant on Earth taking part in wherever near in addition to Scheffler proper now.

Niemann not too long ago posted a 59 and has already captured a pair titles in 2024. He’s additionally coming off a stable T16 end in final yr’s Masters. So he has the expertise, pedigree and present type to contend.

Past that, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Charl Schwartzel have all received right here. It’s onerous to miss that reality.

Tiger Woods Misses Lower at Masters, Snapping Historical past

On its face, some folks may suppose this isn’t a daring prediction. In spite of everything, Woods is 48 years previous and has handled quite a few nagging accidents lately.

However Woods has made the reduce on the Masters an unimaginable 23 years in a row. That’s tied with Fred {Couples} and Gary Participant for probably the most in historical past. He is aware of each nook and cranny of this course and has performed it fantastically so many instances.

The Masters Golf Tournament 2002, Tiger Woods

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A few of the aforementioned accidents led to his withdrawal from the occasion lately. However he’s really wholesome proper now. I don’t consider that might be his doom this time round.

I agree with folks when it is best to by no means depend out Tiger Woods. However at this level, I simply don’t know bodily if he can do it anymore.

Count on an early exit from the five-time Masters champion, sadly.

Kendall Capps is the Senior Editor of SB Nation’s Taking part in By. For extra golf protection, observe us @_PlayingThrough on all main social media platforms.