Spring has sprung, the birds are chirping, and top-notch golfers worldwide are getting ready to go to Augusta for the biggest and most prestigious golf event of the year: the Masters.
In 2014, Bubba Watson won the coveted green jacket. This year, who will go home rocking some green? Here are my five picks for the 2015 Masters Golf Tournament.
1. Rory McIlroy
As a four-time major champion, a win at Augusta would complete a career Grand Slam for McIlroy. He is currently the No. 1 golfer in the world. McIlroy is playing smart and strategic golf. He is the first European to win three different majors. McIlroy joins Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only golfers who have won three majors by the age of 25.
2. Rickie Fowler
At 26 years old, Fowler is on the rise. In 2014, he tied for fifth in the Masters, tied for second in the US Open and the Open Championship, and tied for third in the PGA Championship. Rickie now has more confidence because of his strong finishes last year. Fowler’s performance on the golf course isn’t the only thing that makes him stand out. His clothes and accessories do, too, when he dons his trademark neon shirt and hat.
3. Jason Day
In 2013, Jason Day finished third at the Masters and was beaten out by his good friend Adam Scott, who won the event. Despite thumb and back injuries, Jason can hit the ball well and his stroke is solid. He is coming off of a good stretch, with four top-eight finishes in his last eight majors. Look for Day to make his mark in Augusta.
4. Jordan Spieth
21-year-old Jordan Spieth has become a household name. Spieth is No. 6 on the Official World Golf ranking. Last year, Spieth became the youngest runner up in Masters’ history. He has a lot to learn, but Spieth has great potential and could be a threat in Augusta.
5. Bubba Watson
Not only did Watson win two of the last three jackets at Augusta, but he’s also one of the longest hitters on tour. This matters a lot because Augusta has long holes. Can Bubba pull it off and add a third green jacket to his closet? He’ll attempt to do so when the tournament starts on Thursday.
Photo: David Cannon/Getty Images (McIlroy), David Cannon/Getty Images (Fowler), Andy Lyons/Getty Images (Day), Jeff Gross/Getty Images (Spieth), Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images (Watson)