1.Rory McIlroy v Jordan Spieth
Forget the Big Three. Forget Jason Day. Forget Bubba, Rickie and Adam Scott. Forget Tiger. There are some match ups that sport stops for, and a rare Jordan Spieth duel with Rory McIlroy tops the bill of almost any sporting occasion.
Spieth comes in to the bout with a one shot lead over the Northern Irishman but McIlroy, who boasts four major titles to Spieth’s two, has a 6-4-2 record over last year’s Masters winner. That will count for little when the the two tee it up on Saturday but the above graphic does suggest Rory has at least some mental age over the young Texan.
2. Augusta v The Field
We won’t see the -18 winning score that clinched the Green Jacket for Spieth in 2015. Augusta have bitten back. There was a big storm on Wednesday night which made Thursday scoring a little easier but Friday saw the firm conditions which were prevalent during Monday – Wednesday practise. Tune in to see these golfing phenomenons reduced to levels of mortality.
3. Bryson DeChambeau
In 2015, amateur DeChambeau became only the 5th player in history to win the U.S. Amateur and NCAA Championship in the same year. The others? Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Jack Nicklaus and Ryan Moore.
The 22 year old, playing in his final event as an amateur, was three under par before a triple bogey on 18 brought him crashing back down to the famed Augustan turf late on Friday. 100/1 looks a genuine steal.
4. Beware the High Hitter
With the firmer greens, there are opportunities galore in the betting markets. Keep an eye on high and powerful hitters such as Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama and Bernd Wiesberger – any one of them could surge through the field on moving day.
You’d be mad to miss it.