The 2015 Masters is set up to be one of the most intriguing editions of recent history. Bubba Watson will look to repeat as champion in what will be the 79th Masters. Capturing another title would give him three Masters Championships in the past four years. The 2014 Masters runners up, Jonas Blixt and Jordan Spieth, stand as some of the potential obstacles standing in between Watson and the historic green jacket.
Off the course, a whirlwind of talk has surrounded Tiger Woods. The four-time Masters Champion enters the tournament with a cloud of uncertainty over his physical and mental health. Woods has not tasted a major victory since defeating Rocco Mediate in a sudden death playoff in a memorable 2008 U.S. Open. In what was his 14th major title, the now 39-year-old Woods will need to channel his performances of his decorated career in order to find himself teeing off with the final group on Sunday.
Bubba Watson is the man to beat. The field will chase the third overall World Golf Ranked lefty as the American looks to add to his total of seven PGA Tour victories. Watson first Masters Championship victory came in 2012, when he defeated Louis Oosthuizen in a two-hole playoff. Last year, his second Masters Championship, Watson pushed his way to putting on the green jacket finishing the tournament with a three-stroke margin of victory.
Spectators are going to have to pay top-dollar for Golf’s most famous tournament. According to TiqIQ.com, Friday’s rounds are going for an average price of $1913.10 on the secondary market. Just to see the action, it will cost $1,500.00. This is the most expensive round of the weekend, but the final round on Sunday isn’t much cheaper. Masters tickets are going for an average price of $1,598.55 on the secondary market, and are going for a minimum of $1,302.00. Hipmunk.com can get any golf fan to Augusta, with flights to Atlanta that will have you within three hours of Augusta. Hipmunk has Atlanta hotel options starting from $76 to keep any golf fan near the airport.
A group of three possess’ the best chance at stealing glory from Watson. Jason Day, the 27 year old Australian, has strung together good performances in the three Masters he has finished. Now fully recovered from a thumb injury, his quest to become the second Australian to win this title looks bright. Jordan Spieth was stellar in last year’s tournament, finishing at -5 tied for second, in what was his first Masters appearance ever. If he can continue his recent form, the 21-year-old has as good a chance as anyone to win.
Last but not least, the golden boys of golf, Rickie Fowler and Rory McIlroy, have the talent to make the 79th Masters a two horse race. Rory, the World Golf Ranked No. 1, has not fair well in his six appearances at the Masters. Finishing in the top-10 only once at out of six tries, McIlory’s drive to capture a career grand slam will be on full display this weekend. Fowler rounded out his 2014 campaign finishing in the top-10 of all four PGA Tour Majors.
Can Flower or McIlroy break through and challenge for a title? Can Tiger rekindle his early 2000’s form or will Watson extent his dominance even further?