By: Brandon “Klouse” Fatstacks Golf Expert Analyst
“Real” 2020: Best time of the year! I call the Masters the second sign of Spring. The first sign is of course being March Madness! Especially after Michigan State dominates the tourney to…….
***Covid enters chat room***
Alternate 2020: Well here we go in November about to have a Masters. This totally feels surreal like it isn’t happening. How weird is this? The only thing that makes this feel somewhat normal was the fact I got to whip out the golf clubs and my signature jorts (https://www.carhartt.com/products/carhartt-shorts/Rugged-Flex-Rigby-Short-102514) with it being in the 70s all last week. So now I am all pumped up and ready to go for MASTERS WEEK! In case you forgot, Tiger is a 5-time Masters champ and defending champion.
You should know the rules by now: I do two picks every major and also try to guess a winning score. In my lifetime, I have picked three correct champions of the Masters (2009 Angel Cabrera, 2012 Bubba Watson, 2015 Jordan Spieth) and hope to add to that this week. So here we go with my first pick:
Bryson De(slam)Bo(Jackson): If you couldn’t already tell from the entire golf media and Joe Blow golf sports fans of 2020 sucking up to DeChambeau’s drives, he is the obvious favorite coming off his red hot U.S. Open win and T8 most recent start in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Although controversial among many including myself (revisit some of my old tweets and listen to Masters Fatstacks 2020 Pod to hear my opinion) but the facts show that what Bryson is doing is so far working, and you have to respect it. If Bryson can back up the win this week he would cement himself as a generational talent for years to come. He literally is hitting the ball 400 yards carry, and has the potential to drive most of the par 4’s at Augusta. Will he live up to the pressure or will Augusta have his number?
Winner: Brooks Koepka: I believe Brooks is fully healthy physically with the body, and mentally after his fall apart at the PGA in August. Seriously, Brooks deserved losing that one. Now after shockingly missing the U.S. Open in September, Brooks came back last week and came tied 5th shooting mid-60s on the weekend and looks poised to win a 5th major and don the jacket. I will assume Brooks had good reason to not play the U.S. Open this year and is now fully healed and ready to win again. What better way than to shut up the whole Bryson wall to wall coverage than for Koepka to come back and dominate this week. The game of golf needs a rivalry and these two are the perfect match-up! It would be like Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao all over again. Remember, Koepka is MR. MAJOR (He has 4 quiet ones already) and came literally a foot from going into a playoff with Tiger last year. So before all this nonstop Bryson talk, Koepka was dominating majors by the dozen, and has his eyes set on a goal of winning 10 or more majors by the time he retires. https://www.pgatour.com/news/2019/05/14/brooks-koepka-goal-win-10-majors-pga-championship-bethpage.html
Winning Score: -13– I think the course will play fair all week, and the greens look fairly soft and rain is expected for the 1st round, so that will soften course and produce lower scores. -13 won last year and is a pretty modest score of not too easy but not too hard for Augusta.
Coverage: I will be doing continuous updates for the 1st and 2nd round on my Fatstacks Twitter Account, and a LIVE FEED coming in red fire hot for the weekend coverage. Buckle up for the latest and honest happenings in and around anything Augusta all weekend!