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Masters 2021 predictions: from Green Jacket winner to Brits who will shine 

 

Oliver Brown 

Winner: Dustin Johnson. Finally, the world No 1 has the even temperament to match his languid power, a combination that should prove irresistible as he seeks to become only the fourth player to become a back-to-back Masters champion.

Brit who will shine: Matt Fitzpatrick. The pride of Sheffield enters this Masters not just on a tear, having won the European Tour’s season-closer in December, but with a remarkably polished Augusta record. In his five appearances, the 26-year-old has made the cut every time, shot four rounds in the 60s and finished in the top 10.

Veteran who will roll back the years: Vijay Singh. The Fijian was clearly enthralled as he watched Bryson DeChambeau perform his lumberjack act on the driving range this week. At 56, the winner in 2000 retains a remorseless work ethic and booked his place for the weekend as recently as 2018.

Youngster who will make a name for himself: Cameron Champ. In a sense, being called Champ, the Californian’s name is already made. But at 25, he has gifts to conquer Augusta in abundance, using his bulked-up physique to make his 130mph-plus clubhead speed look easy.

Big name to miss the cut: Phil Mickelson. Such is his natural exuberance, it is difficult to believe golf’s Mr America is 50. Alas, the first signs of anno domini are emerging: he has not finished better than 24th in his last 20 tour starts, and his world ranking is down at 115th. 

Tom Cary

Winner: Dustin Johnson. Jordan Spieth and Bryson Dechambeau may be hotter picks but there’s a reason DJ is the bookies’ favourite. So solid last autumn and so consistent at Augusta. Top 10 in each of his last five Masters starts. 

Brit who will shine: Lee Westwood. Looks and sounds relaxed, playing as well as he ever has, and another who tends to bring his A-game in Masters week. Would be a hugely popular winner (as well as oldest ever).

Veteran who will roll back the years: Bernhard Langer. Is Westwood a veteran? In terms of real golden oldies, Langer is still playing incredibly good golf. The 63 year-old, who finished T29 in November, could shoot his age in a couple of years.

Youngster who will make a name for himself: Joaquin Niemann. Sungjae Im, the man with the slowest backswing in golf, could have another good week but is no longer a surprise package. For a left-field pick, how about Niemann? The 22-year-old Chilean has made 15 consecutive cuts.

Big name to miss the cut: Henrik Stenson. Turned 45 earlier this week but unlikely to find an extra spring in his step. In terrible form. Six missed cuts in his last seven starts and a combined 32 over par in his last six rounds.

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Winner: Justin Thomas. Has a 2021 victory under his belt at the Players Championship, is third on Tour for strokes gained on approach shots and his Masters finishes in chronological order are: T-30, T-22, T-17, T-12 and fourth.

Brit who will shine: Matt Wallace. The Englishman finished third in Texas last week and is another player with iron play that profiles well statistically. No great Masters history but did shoot two under-par rounds in November’s renewal. 

Veteran who will roll back the years: Lee Westwood. Phil Mickelson is far too erratic to be trusted in this category, so the stars are aligning for the in-form Westwood to challenge at the age of 47. No Green Jacket but an impressive Masters record. 

Youngster who will make a name for himself: Viktor Hovland. The 23-year-old is the World No 14 and his driving is spectacular. His short game is improving and the Norwegian shot three under-par rounds on his Masters debut in 2019. 

Big name to miss the cut: Jordan Spieth. No player has gone on to win the Masters after winning the previous week since Mickelson in 2006, and I have a feeling Spieth may be drained by his first title since 2017. 



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