The first major of the golfing calendar is about to get underway shortly as another season of is finally upon us. The question on everyone’s lips is who is going to take the first major win of the season at arguably the most iconic golf tournament of all-time. World Number One Scottie Scheffler is the current holder, picking up his first green jacket in style last time around.
As part of being in the winner’s circle for this exclusive world event, Scheffler made his picks for the annual Masters Champions Dinner which he selected a handful of mouth-watering sounding dishes. It’s just past champions that are treated to some culinary delights… patrons get to sample some of the most reasonably prices in golf when they attained the Masters, and get to sample the famous Pimento Cheese Sandwiches.
If you’re not lucky enough to be in Atlanta this week, you can still get yourself in the mood for Augusta by making the iconic pimento cheese sandwich at home. Just check out the video below.
With the nature of a major tournament about to get underway, we have asked the members of the golf team for their picks… who they think has what it takes to be putting on the green jacket come Sunday.
Yorkshire lad and U.S. Open champion Matthew Fitzpatrick is the pick our Head of Golf, Ashley Pheasant’s. The Sheffield born major champion has had a fairly quiet start to 2023, however, with Billy Foster on the bag and now already having a major championship title in his trophy cabinet, Augusta could be an environment perfect for another Yorkshire triumph following Danny Willet’s win in 2016. It is worth mentioning that across some betting markets, Fitzpatrick is priced at a whopping 40/1, of which is great value for someone who is currently holding one of the majors.
Head Professional Paul Cook has tipped Justin Thomas as his choice for this year’s Augusta successor. Thomas has not only got the length from the tee box, but he combines this with his phenomenal ball striking which has seen the 29-year-old already win the PGA Championship major on two occasions, plus 15 wins on the PGA Tour. If his putter continues to be hot in the big events, then he’ll almost certainly be up the top end of the leaderboard on Sunday.
Golf Operations Josh Martin has gone for the world number one Scottie Scheffler, a very safe and likely candidate who could easily retain the green jacket. It is hard to argue against the fact that Scheffler is playing some of his best golf right now, better than most of the field and he definitely knows how to get the job done in Augusta. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see him victorious once again on Sunday afternoon.
Golf Manager Mattt Kimber is hoping that Rory McIlroy will be able to officially class himself as one of the greats if he manages to complete the career grand slam this time around in Augusta. McIlroy is yet to get his hands on the green jacket which would mean he has all four of the major championships in his trophy cabinet. McIlroy’s impressive length and majestic Iron play will give him a real advantage over the rest of the field especially following the 13th tee being moved back as there will be no short irons going into this green however, Rory will still be able to get there in two and make birdie. The Northern Irishman has also had seven top ten finishes in the last nine years in Augusta. Matt believes this year is the year of the Irish and what better reason for the PGA Tour serial winner to get the job done at Augusta.
The writer’s pick is one that would be the greatest comeback ever, I think you know who we’re going to say and that is Tiger Woods. The reason why is simple…it’s Tiger! Form, world rankings or anything like that goes out of the window when it comes to Woods. The 15-time major champion has won five green jackets and will believe he can add another this year in Georgia. Never ever write one of the greatest golfers of all time, if not the best!