Sky Sports pundits share their Masters tips
Last Updated: 09/04/14 1:47pm
Golf fans everywhere will be turning their attentions to the Masters this week – and that includes our very own Sky Sports pundits.
You can watch all four days of the Augusta showpiece live on Sky Sports 4 from 7pm on Thursday, as Rory McIlory and the rest of the world’s leading players go head-to-head on the renowned course.
But who will come out on top?
We asked famous faces around Sky for their Masters predictions. Read on to see who they fancy to pull on the green jacket this week – and then share your Masters tips by using the comments box at the bottom of the page.
Jamie Redknapp – Adam Scott
Luke Donald’s been doing a lot of preparation for this and has had a couple of good finishes there. I’m good friends with him and I’d love to see him win it but Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott will clearly be the favourites. It would be great if McIlroy can pull it off but I reckon Scott might retain his title.
Mike Atherton – Phil Mickelson
You can’t look past form at Augusta and Phil has plenty of it after those three wins. If he stays injury free and finds the measure of the greens with his impeccable short game, it’s hard to see anyone going past him. A sixth major title is well within the grasp of the current Open champion.
Matt Le Tissier – Jason Day
It’s Jason Day for me. I just think he’s been knocking on the door for a while and he is going to win a major at some point. Why not now? He has obviously got the game for it. He has been in contention a few times and I think he will get over the line.
Ricky Ponting – an Aussie!
Adam Scott will start as the favourite, I imagine, but I’m interested to see how Jason Day comes up. He’s missed a couple of recent tournaments with a thumb injury but he’s been there or thereabouts in the last couple of years. It would be good to see the Aussies keep flying the flag, if possible.
Rod Harrington – Lee Westwood
I always enjoy my golf and the Masters is obviously one of the tournaments you look forward to. I haven’t studied the form closely this year, but I would go for an each way bet on Lee Westwood, who is always there or thereabouts in the Majors. He may never win one, but I think an each-way bet on him might be better than backing a short-priced winner.
Jim Watt - Phil Mickelson
I know his injury isn't going to help but I would love to see Phil Mickelson win again. When I hear his name I just picture a big smile, not to mention his fantastic ability. In a sport where you can finish 20th and still earn millions, too many of them have long, dour faces and mope around, but not Mickelson! He has had his troubles in the past but his attitude is so refreshing, I love it. And when it comes to big tournaments and big moments is there a better golfer in the world? Never mind a bigger smile...
Barry Cowan – Rory McIlroy
I think Rory is going to have a great year after a disappointing 2013, which followed the highs of 2012. I think he will be right there for probably all four majors this year and it would not surprise me if he won on Sunday.
David Lloyd – Lee Westwood
I’m a big fan of Lee and I reckon his time has finally come. I know it’s been a little while or so since we’ve had a European winner but it would be great if Lee goes one better than 2010. But I always fancy a left-hander around Augusta and this year my leftie save is going to be Bubba Watson.
Chris Kamara – Rory McIlroy
Rory is my favourite. It’s a shame Tiger Woods won’t be there but if he had been I reckon Rory would still have had the edge over him. I loved that last round in Houston – anyone who shoots a bogey-free round of seven-under can’t be in too bad shape! I’ve only been playing golf for three years but hopefully I’ll get the chance to play with Rory soon and it would be good to play with a Masters champion!
Charlie Nicholas - Charles Schwartzel
The Masters is the ultimate golf event; it is unmissable for me. The image of Sandy Lyle, my favourite ever golfer, putting on the green jacket after that bunker shot has stuck with me. I think it is wide open this year. Charles Schwartzel is the one I am keeping my eye on. He has already been a winner there. I don’t think it is particularly down to form, I think it is down to who really enjoys this course and who feels comfortable on it.
Guillem Balague – Sergio Garcia
Sergio has yet to have his Masters moment but last year’s eighth-place finish was his best since 2004 and the signs are that his game is on the up – certainly if his form at the Houston Open is anything to go by. Making the cut shouldn’t be a problem and if he is there or thereabouts come day four then I think he’s now got the maturity to go all the way.