This is the time of year when people start getting excited about golf’s upcoming majors. The NFL season ended, college football finished, and college basketball doesn’t have much time left. This is the time of year when all of the Tiger Woods fans grow some false hope that their idol will make a run. This is the time of year where I would like to see one of the Spring Break Boys have a shot at a major. It’s officially Masters season. If you were to ask me at the beginning of the year whom I thought would win, the obvious choice would have been Dustin Johnson. If you asked me even a month ago, the choice was Justin Thomas. I really like JT and still have hopes that he can pull it off. However, neither of these men will win this year.
After recent weeks, I think Hideki Matsuyama is going to win the Masters. These past few weeks, he has been pretty unstoppable starting with the Waste Management Open. He learned from mistakes last year. He now knows how to fight through adversity and not give up leads in the last holes, aka last years Waste Management Open. Matsuyama has yet to win a major, but he is only 24 years old. I won’t necessarily be cheering for him because I want Jason Dufner or Smylie Kaufman to win. But, those picks aren’t looking as great as Hideki.
The only other thing I will say about Matsuyama is that if he does not win the Masters, then he will not win a major this year. He is riding the momentum right now and if he doesn’t capitalize on it now, then he won’t this year. Like I said, my other favorite to win is Justin Thomas. He also has a lot going for him and is hitting it better now than he ever has. However, Hideki is playing like a better version of prime K.J. Choi, his swing is robotic and he shows no emotion on the course. His misses are my good shots. He is out for blood, and he will prove it come April 6th.