PSN PGA Tour Preview & Picks: The Masters

The world’s No. 1 Dustin Johnson goes for his fourth straight win and his first green jacket at this week’s Masters Tournament. Here’s an in-depth look at the favorites, top contenders, sleepers, longshots and more to keep an eye on at golf’s first major of 2017.

By Greg DePalma, PSN Executive Producer

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FAVORITES

Dustin Johnson (6-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 3 wins (Genesis; WGC-Mexico; WGC-Match Play).

-At Masters (7 starts): 3 top-15s, 2 top-10s and 1 top-5; 4th LY.

-At Majors (31): 17 top-25s, 13 top-10s, 6 top-5s, 2 RU’s and a win at the U.S. Open LY.

-Major Trend: 9 top-15s, L12 including 7 top-10s, 4 top-5s, a RU and a win.

Rory McILroy (7-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 4th at WGC-HSBC and Arnold Palmer Inviational.

-At Masters (8): 6 top-25s, 3 top-10s and 1 top-5; 10th LY.

-At Majors (32): 20 top-25s, 14 top-10s, 9 top-5s and 4 wins (’14 & ’12 PGA; ’14 British Open; ’11 U.S. Open).

-Major Trend: 10 top-25s in last 12 including 7 top-10s, 4 top-5s and 2 wins.

Jordan Spieth (8-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 3 top-5s and a win at Pebble Beach.

-At Masters (3): 2 runner-ups and a win in 2015; 2nd LY.

-At Majors (17): 9 top-25s, 6 top-5s, 3 RU’s and 2 wins (‘15 Masters & ’15 U.S. Open)

-Major Trend: 6 top-5s in his L9 including 3 RUs and 2 wins.

LEADING CONTENDERS

Jason Day (18-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 5th at Pebble Beach.

-At Masters (6 starts): 4 top-20s, 3 top-10s and 2 top-5s; 10th LY.

-At Majors (25 starts): 13 top-10s, 8 top-5s, 4 RU’s and a win at the ’15 PGA Championship.

-Major Trend: 15 top-35s, L16 including 10 top-10s, 6 top-5s, 2 RUs and a win.

Rickie Fowler (18-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 4 top-5s and a win at the Honda Classic.

-At Masters (6): 2 top-15s and 1 top-5; MC LY.

-At Majors (28): 9 top-20s, 5 top-5s and 2 RU’s (’14 British Open & U.S. Open).

-Major Trend: 0 top-10s, L8 with 3 MC’s.

Jon Rahm (25-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 4 top-5s, RU and a win at the Farmers Insurance Open.

-At Masters (0): First time.

-At Majors (2): 1 top-25.

-Major Trend: 59th at Open Championship LY.

Justin Rose (25-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 3 top-5s and a runner-up at the Sony Open.

-At Masters (11): 9 top-25s, 4 top-10s, 2 top-5s and a RU in 2015; 10th LY.

-At Majors (51): 12 top-10s, 7 top-5s, 1 RU and a win at the ’13 U.S. Open.

-Major Trend: 13 top-30s, L14 including 5 top-10s, 3 top-5s, a RU and a win.

Phil Mickelson (30-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 3 top-10s including 5th at WGC-Match Play.

-At Masters (24): 15 top-10s, 11 top-5s a RU and 3 wins (’10, ’06 and ’04); MC LY.

-At Majors (93): 38 top-10s, 27 top-5s, 10 RU’s and 5 wins (’10, ’06 & ’04 Masters; ’05 PGA; ’13 British Open).

-Major Trend: 2 top-10s, L11.

Justin Thomas (35-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 3 wins (CIMB, SBS and Sony).

-At Masters (1): 39th LY.

-At Majors (6): 1 top-20.

-Major Trend: 0 top-20s, L4.

SLEEPERS

Paul Casey (40-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 3rd at Safeway Open.

-At Masters (10): 6 top-20s, 4 top-10s and 1 top-5; 4th LY.

-At Majors (51): 14 top-20s, 7 top-10s and 2 top-5s.

-Major Trend: 3 top-10s and 1 top-5, L22 with 2 top-10s and 1 top-5 coming in his last two Masters appearances.

Marc Leishman (50-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 2 top-5s and a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

-At Masters (4): 1 top-5; MC LY.

-At Majors (21): 5 top-20s, 3 top-5s and a runner-up playoff loss at the ’15 Open Championship.

-Major Trend: 1 top-20, L5.

Brandt Snedeker (50-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 4 top-10s and 1 top-5.

-At Masters (9): 5 top-20s, 3 top-10s and 1 top-5; 10th LY.

-At Majors (37): 19 top-25s, 8 top-10s and 2 top-5s.

-Major Trend: 0 top-5s, L17.

Daniel Berger (75-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 2 top-5s and a runner-up at WGC-HSBC.

-At Masters (1): 10th LY.

-At Majors (6): 14 top-20s, 7 top-10s and 2 top-5s.

-Major Trend: Only 1 top-25 in 6.

TOP LONGSHOTS

Matthew Fitzpatrick (80-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 5th at Dubai.

-At Masters (2): 7th LY.

-At Majors (7): 1 top-10.

-Major Trend: Only 1 top-40 in 7.

Adam Hadwin (80-1)

-Top 2017 Results: RU at CareerBuilder and win at Valspar.

-At Masters (0): First time.

-At Majors (2): 0 top-35s.

-Major Trend: MC at ‘13 U.S. Open.

Lee Westwood (80-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 8th at Abu Dhabi.

-At Masters (17): 9 top-25s, 6 top-10s, 3 top-5s and 2 RUs; RU LY.

-At Majors (73): 18 top-10s, 11-top 5s and 3 RU’s (’16 Masters; ’10 British Open & Masters).

-Major Trend: 2 top-10s, L11.

Bill Haas (100-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 2 to-5s.

-At Masters (7): 3 top-40s and 1 top-25; MC LY.

-At Majors (29): 13 top 35s, 6 top-20s and 1 top-10.

-Major Trend: Scored first top-10 in a major at Open Championship LY.

Soren Kjeldsen (150-1)

-Top 2017 Results: 5th at WGC-Match Play.

-At Masters (3): 2 top-30s and 1 top-10; 7th LY.

-At Majors (21): 3 top-10s.

-Major Trend: 2 top-10s, L4.

BEST OF THE REST

Hideki Matsuyama (18-1)

Henrik Stenson (30-1)

Adam Scott (35-1)

Sergio Garcia (40-1)

Bubba Watson (45-1)

Louis Oosthuizen (50-1)

Tyrrell Hatton (60-1)

Thomas Pieters (80-1)

Charl Schwartzel (80-1)

Tommy Fleetwood (80-1)

Kevin Kisner (125-1)

Danny Willett (125-1)

Rafa Cabrera Bello (125-1)

Angel Cabrera (200-1)

Hudson Swafford (200-1)

Fred Couples (250-1)

Bernard Langer (300-1)

Ernie Els (500-1)

Masters Picks

JEFF SHAIN

RECORD: 6 for 19

TOTAL: +340

1 R McIlroy (7-1)…100

2 J Rose (25-1)…80

3 P Mickelson (30-1)…60

4 P Casey (40-1)…40

5 M Leishman (50-1)…20

A1 J Rahm (25-1)…0

A2 M Fitzpatrick (80-1)…0

GREG DEPALMA

RECORD: 4 for 19

TOTAL: -80

1 D Johnson (6-1)…100

2 R Fowler (18-1)…80

3 J Day (18-1)…60

4 J Thomas (35-1)…40

5 D Berger (75-1)…20

A1 B Haas (100-1)…0

A2 A Hadwin (80-1)…0

Points Formula

Each analyst provides five picks and two alternates for an event. The top five picks are chosen with the point’s formula below. If a player in the top five withdraws before the event begins, the alternate selections are used accordingly and each selection moves up a spot. An analyst can only receive compensation from an alternate pick if that player is registered in the top five.

-Top pick…100 points

-2nd pick…80 points

-3rd pick…60 points

-4th pick…40 points

-5th pick…20 points

-Alternate picks…0 points

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