I love The Masters and look forward to watching this great contest on this beautiful course every Spring.
The gorgeous landscape, the incredible amount of golf talent, the green jacket ceremony in the cabin, the history awesome history surrounding this tournament, and Jim Nance's soothing and a captivating voice make this golf event a very special one.
So, who will win at Augusta National this year and why?
Since I counsel and coach lots of golfers on the mental side of the game, I feel like I understand what happens in major tournaments like The Masters.
Golfers, like baseball hitters, and like athletes in other sports get on a roll or a streak. Whenthis happens, the golfers anxiety goes down and his or her confidence grows. The winning golfer typically develops some momentum and some energy in the weeks preceding the big event. This energy can often empower them to relax and to play to their full potential in "the big game."
Some time ago, my colleague and friend, Carlton Chin and I wrote a book about the mathematical and psychological factors which allow teams, players and coaches to excel in major sporting events.
Who Will Win The Big Game looks at golf, tennis, baseball, football and basketball. I addressed the mental factors and Carlton, an MIT trained quant and fund manager, crunched the numbers. Our analyis and predictions have been featured in many media outlets.
This year, we decided to analyze some of the major golfing events. The factors that we considered are recent wins, money leaders, number of par three birdies, number of par five birdies, number of top ten finishes and driving distances. We are trying to identify golfers who are consistent and who may be peaking at the right time to win this prestigious event.
We do not think that Tiger Woods will do well in this event. He does not seem to have found his confidence and he may not have overcome the scandals and personal issues in his life.
Here is a list of some of the players who may be ready to wear the green jacket this year.
Bubba Watson has been playing great lately and he has a very versatile game which is helpfulat Agusuta. Matt Kuchar has been sharp and consistent and may win this event. These golfers are our top two picks.
Nick Watney, Luke Donald, Rory Sabbitini, Zach Johnson, Aaron Baddeley, Hunter Mahan,Dustin Johnson, Vijay Singh, Johnattan Vegas, K.J. Choi, Martin Laird, D.A Points and Brandt Snedeker are also on our radar.
Phil Mickelson was not on our radar. However, is recent victory could mean that he is coming into form a the right time.
Fred Couples who is having a good year, may be the golfer from The Champion's Tour who can do quite well at The Masters, if his back does not bother him.
Dr. Jay Granat, is a Psychotherapist and the Founder of www.StayInTheZone.com. Dr. Granat was named one of America’s Top Mental Gurus by Golf Digest. He has developed many programs for golfers and he is available for coaching and for seminars at country clubs, golf clinics and golf organizations. He can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org or at 888-580-ZONE