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Who’ll win the Masters 2022?

The Masters is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar, as all the world’s best golfers converge on Augusta National to do battle for the right to wear the famous green jacket. All the greats have been helped into one of these jackets by a former winner and to join their club is one of the greatest achievements any golfer can have.

In 2021 the man who won it all was Hideki Matsuyama, who became the first male major winner from Japan in the history of the sport. What made this victory more remarkable was that just a few days prior to Matsuyama’s triumph, another Japanese golfer in the form of Tsubasa Kajitani had won the women’s version of the event, meaning it was a Japanese one-two for the ages.

With 2021 undoubtedly being the year of the rising sun at Augusta National we now look ahead to what could be on the horizon at the 2022 event. Who will get their hands on a green jacket and who will blow a lead on the final hole?

Being in red hot form with the putter is just one of the keys to Masters success, because Augusta’s greens can be unforgiving, especially if there’s been dry weather

Jon Rahm – Europe’s Only Hope

Japan may have had its moment in the Masters spotlight in 2021, but European golf was busy being dragged through the dirt, as Team USA lay waste to Team Europe in the Ryder Cup, and its stars failed to convince in the biggest tournaments. The one exception to this rule was Jon Rahm, with the Spaniard reigning supreme as the number 1 ranked player in the world and winning the US Open in 2021. Rahm is already being heavily tipped by betting tipsters and golf pundits to add a green Masters jacket to his wardrobe. The Spanish star has already made an excellent start to his 2022 campaign, finishing in the top three at both the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii and the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego. All this means that a great deal of golf picks will feature Rahm’s name before the action gets underway on the 7th of April.

Collin Morikawa – FedEx Cup Highflyer

While Rahm rules the world rankings, Collin Morikawa is the man to beat when it comes to the FedEx Cup standings. The 25-year-old already has a PGA Championship title and an Open Championship crown, so it makes sense that he is right in the mix for the upcoming Masters. Thus far in his fledgling career he has not really threatened at Augusta, with some observers wondering whether his style of play will ever suit the course. He will be out to show that he can adapt his game to any greens or fairways, and he is a good shout to at least make the top 10.

Players will be practicing day and night as they go in search of a maiden Masters triumph or to add to the collection of major titles they are already have in their possession

Jordan Spieth – Back to His Best

When Jordan Spieth first burst on the scene, he was being tipped by many in the game to be its next truly dominant force, and who could blame them for whipping up the hype, because Spieth almost completed a clean sweep of major titles in 2015. What followed was a severe dip in form that has only really been righted in recent months. This was underlined by his runner-up finish at The Open Championship, a performance that makes it obvious he is ready to win his first major title since way back in 2017.

Rory McIlroy – Looking to Complete the Major Set

It is becoming something of a cliché to say that McIlroy is close to being back to his best, but there genuinely are signs that the man who struck fear into the tour circa 2012 is nearing peak levels of performance. Being more settled off the course appears to be helping his game no end, and he is desperate to win the one major that has so far eluded him.

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