Masters 2024: SB Nation picks who will win at Augusta Nationwide


Probably the most unimaginable week of the yr has descended upon us.

The Masters Match is right here, and for the primary time in 2024, one of the best gamers on the planet will play alongside one another on the identical course. Of the 89 gamers on this yr’s area, 13 LIV golfers will tee it up, together with final yr’s champion Jon Rahm.

World primary Scottie Scheffler arrives because the overwhelming favourite, as he prevailed at Augusta Nationwide in 2022. However what makes The Masters particular yr in and yr out is that anybody can win, and the event doesn’t really start till the again 9 on Sunday.

Look no additional than 1986, when Jack Nicklaus made a again 9 cost that continues to stay in Augusta lore. ‘The Golden Bear’ paraded via Amen Nook, eagled the fifteenth, birdied 16, and capped it off with one other birdie at 17. At 46 years outdated, Nicklaus did the unthinkable, successful his sixth Inexperienced Jacket within the grandest of fashions whereas holding off Tom Kite, Seve Ballesteros, and Greg Norman.

However Tiger Woods did the unthinkable in 2019 as effectively. Whereas each different contender made errors round him on the again 9, Woods performed issues protected. He then went for the kill shot on the par-3 sixteenth, the place his tee shot virtually dropped in for an ace. Woods settled for birdie, which all however handed him his fifteenth main championship.

Bear in mind, The Masters doesn’t begin till the again 9 on Sunday.

With that in thoughts, the SB Nation’s Taking part in Via has submitted their picks for the 88th version of The Masters:

Augusta National, The Masters

The twelfth gap at Augusta Nationwide.
Photograph by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Photographs

Kendall Capps – Senior Editor

I’m taking Tony Finau to sit down in Butler Cabin on Sunday night.

Expertise at Augusta Nationwide is essential, and in his earlier 5 appearances, he has three top-10s and one top-five. He performs this course effectively.

Finau has even been quoted saying that Augusta Nationwide, together with Riviera and Torrey Pines, are his favourite programs to play and that this observe suits his recreation effectively.

He has at all times been a fantastic lag putter, however his quick putts have been significantly higher over the previous couple of years, which is a should to win a Inexperienced Jacket.

However perhaps greater than something, he’s in good type getting into the event, having practically repeated on the Houston Open two weeks in the past.

The Masters - Round One

Tony Finau performs a shot through the 2023 Masters.
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Jack Milko – Employees Author

So many PGA Tour stars have struggled this yr. Patrick Cantlay, Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland, Max Homa, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas—all cast-iron gamers—haven’t had their finest stuff in 2024, and I envision that development persevering with at Augusta.

As such, that leaves me between two gamers, who, humorous sufficient, have received the previous two Inexperienced Jackets. However between these two, just one has triumphed in a event in 2024.

That might be Scottie Scheffler, who received the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Gamers in back-to-back weeks. No person is hitting the ball higher than Scheffler is, and if he has an honest week with the putter, he’ll win with ease.

Plus, Scheffler, imagine it or not, is due in a serious championship.

Since successful The Masters in 2022, he has had 4 top-10 finishes in majors, together with a tie for second final yr at Oak Hill and a solo third on the U.S. Open.

Scheffler put the Inexperienced Jacket on Rahm’s shoulders a yr in the past, however this time round, the roles shall be reversed.

Scottie Scheffler, Jon Rahm, Masters Tournament

Scottie Scheffler and Jon Rahm after the 2023 Masters.
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Savannah Leigh Richardson – Employees Author

My choose for the Masters is Brooks Koepka.

For 72 hours final yr, it appeared like Koepka would seize his fifth main championship and seize the illusive Inexperienced Jacket. However he stumbled throughout Sunday’s ultimate spherical as Rahm raced by him to clinch his second main and maiden Masters title.

But, Koepka discovered from that have, channeled his anger, and rallied to win the PGA Championship at Oak Hill with a vengeance.

That stated, of all of the majors, Koepka needs this one essentially the most. He virtually received the Masters in 2019 as effectively, however he hit his tee shot into Rae’s Creek on the twelfth gap, thus resulting in a double bogey and diminishing his possibilities.

I really feel like it’s his yr, and Brooksy lastly will get his Inexperienced Jacket on Sunday.

Brooks Koepka, The Masters

Brooks Koepka strains up a putt on the seventeenth inexperienced through the ultimate spherical of the 2023 Masters.
Photograph by Christian Petersen/Getty Photographs

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Taking part in Via. Make sure you take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.