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The Masters 2019 – PGA pros reveal their predictions…

 

Adam Glass, PGA Professional, De Vere Wokefield Estate
I really like the chances of both Francesco Molinari and Justin Rose, with preference for the latter. Rosey has course form at Augusta, has already chalked up a win on the PGA Tour this year and he looks more than comfortable with his new equipment. I also like the chances of Ian Poulter, who has been knocking on the door for a while now with a number of good performances. He has a great record at Augusta, too, and with his confidence probably getting back to an all-time high, you have to feel a big win is around the corner for him. Perhaps this is the week for him.

 

Duncan Woolger, Master Professional at World of Golf
It’s hard to look past Rory McIlroy completing the career Grand Slam but I’ve got a sneaky feeling Jon Rahm is going to pick up his first major at The Masters. He’s been a top-10 machine in 2019 since winning Tiger’s event at the back end of 2018, and a major is right around the corner for this talented Spaniard. Hits it miles off the tee and looks in good form on the greens right now. He also came fourth in this tournament last year so Augusta clearly fits his eye.

 

Alan Bradshaw, PGA Professional, Formby Hall
I like Tommy Fleetwood to pick up his first major. Why, I have known Tommy for many a year with me coaching at Formby Hall Golf Club. His caddie Ian was my assistant many years ago, too, so I have seen both of them progress and mature in to a formidable partnership. Nobody deserves it more than these two, in my eyes. The work and practice they both put in is a understatement, so come on Tommy bring it home!

 

Ashley Weller, PGA Fellow Professional
I can’t see past Rory McIlroy completing the career Grand Slam at The Masters. Rory has six consecutive top-six finishes from strokeplay events in 2019, and looked back to his world-beating best at The Players last month. If he brings that form to Augusta then I cannot see anyone getting past him on Sunday. I think Rory has got his mojo back, and I know he would love nothing more than to slip on that Green Jacket that he so badly craves.

 

Andrew Agnoli, Head of Academy at TopGolf UK
I would love to see Rory McIlroy win The Masters to make golfing history but I don’t think he will. I like the chances of Brooks Koepka again. He’s got a taste for majors now having won three of them in the past two years now and I can see him making it four. I like the way the American is quietly going about his business. I also like Hideki Matsuyama as an outside pick.

 

Chris Watson, Sales Manager South UK, J Lindeberg
I would love to see Matt Wallace slip on that famous Green Jacket. He is one of the most determined people I’ve ever met, let alone in the game of golf. He’s not been playing great recently, but I know he’s so excited for his first Masters. I think he could surprise a few people at Augusta.

 

Adam Keable, PGA Professional, Director at Colt Mackenzie Mcnair
My pick is Rickie Fowler. He has hit some good form this year with a win, he’s a solid putter which is needed at Augusta and he’s surely due to win a major soon!

 

Stuart Leech, PGA Director of Golf, Formby GC
An experienced pick would be Justin Rose. He’s had some great rounds there just not put four together and this could be his year. My outsider would be Hideki Matsuyama who is long enough and has great touch around the greens. Matt Kuchar has found  some form of late and has come close at Augusta a number of times. I think Matt Fitzpatrick will win The Masters one day, but feel as though this year could be too soon for him.

 

Kevin Caplehorn, PGA Advanced Professional at Lee On The Solent GC
I’m going for Justin Thomas who has finished in the top 40 in his first three Masters, finishing higher up the leaderboard each time. JT also has a connection to the members course record holder Jeff Knox – his son Lee and Thomas were on the Alabama’s National Championship golf team together, I’m sure Mr Knox has lots of inside information about the course with his course record of 61. Added to this, Thomas’s high ball flight with his irons is perfect for Augusta, he is also a great front runner if he has an explosive start.

 

Mark Tucknott, PGA Advanced Professional, Radnor Golf and Leisure
Justin Rose for me. Rosey is on a run of 13 consecutive cuts made and in the last five years he has finished no worse than 14th at Augusta. He also has two runner-up spots which must give him the confidence to go one better in 2019. Without a doubt, Justin has the game to master Augusta, has the experience to know where to place the ball as he navigates the course, and most importantly, he has the mental belief that he can beat anyone in the field. A Green Jacket would be a nice addition to all his other achievements in golf. I’ll be shocked if he’s not in the hunt come Sunday night.