News & ToursApril 8, 2015

Here's who we're picking to win the 2015 Masters

Every time a major rolls around a team of Golf Digest editors conduct a standard, four round snake draft. The winner is bathed in infinite glory for a few months, while the loser receives merciless taunting.

Our time-honored tradition (one unlike any other) of picking names out of a hat produced the following order:

		1. Luke Kerr-Dineen
	1. John Strege
	1. Alex Myers
	1. Ryan Herrington
	1. Steve Hennessey
	1. Sam Weinman

And so begins our 2015 Masters fantasy draft!

Pick 1: Rory McIlroy

Rory, obviously. Best player in the world will win the Masters at some point, probably soon. - Luke Kerr-Dineen

Pick 2: Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth. This is too predictable so far, isn't it? - John Strege

Pick 3: Jason Day

I'll throw a curveball and take Jason Day. OK, so that's NOT a curveball. - Alex Myers

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Pick 4: Dustin Johnson

__He has played great since his return and he has a game that matches Augusta National (so long as his putter doesn't abandon him). - Ryan Herrington

Pick 5: Bubba Watson__

__How often will the Masters champions from the last three years fall to the No. 5 pick? I'll take Bubba just because value, or something. - Steve Hennessey

Picks 6 and 7: Jimmy Walker, Patrick Reed__

__I'll go with the two hottest players in golf (not named Jordan Spieth) - Sam Weinman

Pick 8: Adam Scott__

__Two familiar sights for Adam Scott this week: The long putter and Augusta National. - SH

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Pick 9: J.B. Holmes

__Hot hand is my man. I'm taking J.B. Holmes. #backtoback - RH

Pick 10: Henrik Stenson__

__With the 10th pick in the draft, I'll take the No. 2 player in the world, Henrik Stenson. - AM

Pick 11: Martin Kaymer

Stunned that Alex didn't take Wake Forest's own Bill Haas. I won't, either. I'll take Martin Kaymer. - JS

Picks 12 and 13: Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose

Recent form has been a slight concern for both, but I'm banking on their good course form. I like how they're cruising-in under the radar, too. - LKD

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__Pick 14: Paul Casey

Paul Casey. Paul Casey? Really? Yes, Paul Casey. - JS

Pick 15: Rickie Fowler

Kaymer AND Casey? You realize the point is to pick guys who are going to play well, right? I'll go with the man with four straight top fives in majors, Rickie Fowler. - AM

Pick 16: Brandt Snedeker

A little out of left field, but he loves the Augusta vibe. I'll take Brandt Snedeker. - RH

Pick 17: Phil Mickelson

Not many people expected Phil Mickelson to contend at the PGA last year. But he had a putt to tie Rory McIlroy's lead on the 72nd hole. He showed signs of figuring out his game last week in Houston. I think Lefty can get hot this week and make an appearance on the leader board. - SH

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__Pick 18 and 19: Tiger Woods and Hideki Matsuyama

Because playing it safe gets you nowhere, I'll take Tiger Woods which is easily the most obvious pick or the dumbest pick depending on your perspective. And then I'll pick Hideki Matsuyama. - SW

Pick 20: Brooks Koepka

Tiger Woods...is this the Par-3 Contest fantasy draft? Bold pick there. I'm going with Brooks Koepka. A rookie hasn't won since 1979. But not many rookies have elite distance and putting touch like Koepka. If his rib injury has improved, he'll be a factor on the weekend. - SH

Pick 21: Zach Johnson

Local knowledge and good memories of Masters past are the intangibles that breed success at Augusta. Zach Johnson has both of those, so I'll take the 2007 champion. - RH

Pick 22: Louis Oosthuizen

Does coming agonizingly close to winning a green jacket count as a good memory? I'll take Louis Oosthuizen - AM

Pick 23: Charley Hoffman

Good ball striker. Crazier things have happened. - JS

Pick 24: Russell Henley

The Georgia boy finished fourth last and week and can beat anybody when he gets hot. - LKD

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