Who's going to take the famous green jacket home from Augusta this year?
With spring nipping at our heels, golf is in the air—and the 2018 Masters Tournament is here.
We reached out to a few local golf pros this year to see who they think will conquer Augusta. Is Tiger back? Can he get number 80? Or will someone else rise to challenge and hold on during moving day?
Zach Halvonik, PGA Head Golf Professional at Bristol Harbour:
Favorite: Dustin Johnson. He was hurt last year and missed the Masters, but he has been playing well so far this year. His combination of length and accuracy off the tee will make him tough to beat.
Sleeper: Tommy Fleetwood. He is #12 in the world rankings and many people still do not know much about him. From tee to green, he’s third in strokes gained on the field at 1.68 strokes per round. Look out for him if his putter gets hot.
Memory: My favorite Masters memory is from 2005 when Tiger Woods’ chip shot on 16 hung on the lip for what seemed like a minute before falling into the hole for a birdie. I knew after that shot, Tiger was going to win the event. He secured his fourth green jacket in a playoff over Chris DiMarco.
Mike Roeder, PGA Professional and General Manager at Ravenwood:
Favorite: My pick to “wish” he would win the Masters would be Tiger Woods. I believe it would make a great comeback story for who I feel is the greatest golfer ever.
Sleeper: I believe the winner this year will be Justin Thomas. He’s been the most consistent this year.
Memory: Best Masters moment was 1986—Jack Nicklaus winning at age 46. Greatest Masters win ever! I also liked Tiger Woods’ chip in on #16.
We may not have an Augusta National, but Ontario County is home to nine public golf courses—yes, nine. From the rolling hills of Reservoir Creek in Naples to Parkview Fairways in Bloomfield, each has its own unique set of challenges.
If you want to sneak in a few rounds before the coverage starts, our friends at Bristol Harbour and Ravenwood are offering an unlimited golf special to play these two exceptional courses in the Finger Lakes. Ravenwood Golf Club is a championship course that hosted the 2003 and 2009 New York State Golf Championships, as well as the 2004 U.S. Open Qualifier. Bristol Harbour is a Robert Trent Jones-designed course known for its championship layout and stunning views of Canandaigua Lake.
Who’s your favorite for this year?