2022 Masters Predictions

Masters Guide

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Local golf pros share their picks for Masters glory – or heartache.

The Masters Tournament is back, and so are our favorite, good-natured gurus of all things golf with their predictions for the 2022 competition. Some of them think World No. 1 Jon Rahm will win the green jacket. At least one thinks this is the year that Rory McIlroy will complete the career grand slam with a victory in Augusta. Their pick for low newcomer is nearly unanimous (go get ’em, Sam Burns), but all of us can agree on one thing. We can’t wait for the tournament to start.

Spike Kelley
General Manager and Golf Professional, Goshen Plantation
(Spike’s correct 2021 predictions: Low Senior, Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut, Highest 18-Hole Score, Highest Score on One Hole)

2022 Masters Champion: I’m going with Jon Rahm. He’s pretty darn good.

Dark Horse: I’ll go with Xander Schauffele.

Low Newcomer: Sam Burns. He’s playing good.

Low Senior: Phil Mickelson

Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: I’ll go with Justin Thomas.

Toughest Hole: I’ll go with 11. It’s hard, and they lengthened it, too, this year.

Pivotal Hole: No. 13

Highest 18-Hole Score: 84

Highest Score on One Hole: 8

Tommy Brannen
Head Golf Professional, Augusta Country Club
(Tommy’s correct 2021 predictions: Low Senior, Toughest Hole, Highest 18-Hole Score)

2022 Masters Champion: Justin Thomas. He seems like he really wants it. It seems like it’s a trophy he wants in his cabinet.

Dark Horse: Luke List. I’ll go with the local guy.

Low Newcomer: I’ll take Sam Burns. He’s playing really well this year.

Low Senior: I’m going to have to go with Bernhard Langer this year.

Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Let’s go with Bryson DeChambeau.

Toughest Hole: No. 11. They’ve made changes to it, and most of the guys don’t know it quite as well.

Pivotal Hole: No. 12

Highest 18-Hole Score: 87

Highest Score on One Hole: 9

Dan Elliott
PGA General Manager/Director of Golf, Forest Hills Golf Club
(Dan’s correct 2021 predictions: Dan needs a mulligan on his 2021 predictions.)

2022 Masters Champion: I think Jon Rahm is going to win. I think he’s due. His game fits there.

Dark Horse: Collin Morikawa. He’s young. He’s fearless.

Low Newcomer: Let’s go with Talor Gooch.

Low Senior: Bernhard Langer

Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Bryson DeChambeau

Toughest Hole: I’ll stay with No. 11.

Pivotal Hole: No. 17

Highest 18-Hole Score: 81

Highest Score on One Hole: 8

Ira Miller
General Manager, Augusta Municipal Golf Course
(This is Ira’s first year participating in our poll.)

2022 Masters Champion: Scottie Scheffler. He’s the man.

Dark Horse: I’m going with Jon Rahm.

Low Newcomer: I like Sam Burns. He’s been playing well. He’s been in the mix.

Low Senior: You know who that’s going to be. Bernhard Langer.

Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Bryson DeChambeau

Toughest Hole: I think it’s No. 1. That’s where all the nerves are.

Pivotal Hole: All the par 5s. Let’s go with No. 15.

Highest 18-Hole Score: 85

Highest Score on One Hole: 7

Burt Minick
Golf Shop Manager, Hickory Knob State Park Golf Course
(Burt’s correct 2021 prediction: Highest Score on One Hole)

2022 Masters Champion: Rory McIlroy

Dark Horse: Brooks Koepka. He hasn’t done much this year. Just waiting on him to do something.

Low Newcomer: Let’s go with Sam Burns.

Low Senior: Phil Mickelson

Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: Jon Rahm

Toughest Hole: No. 10. The green is so hard to hit, and once you hit the green, it’s difficult to putt.

Pivotal Hole: No. 15

Highest 18-Hole Score: 81

Highest Score on One Hole: 8

Chris Verdery
Director of Golf, The River Golf Club
(Chris’ correct 2021 predictions: Toughest Hole, Highest Score on One Hole)

2022 Masters Champion: Jon Rahm. It’s his time.

Dark Horse: Will Zalatoris

Low Newcomer: Sam Burns. I think he drives the ball really well.

Low Senior: I’ll go with Phil Mickelson, I guess. He knows the course pretty well.

Highest-Ranked Player to Miss the Cut: I’ll say Jordan Spieth, even though I like him.

Toughest Hole: If my reputation is on the line, I’ll say No. 5. I don’t want to go against the stats.

Pivotal Hole: It’s got to be something on the back nine. I’ll say No. 15.

Highest 18-Hole Score: 82

Highest Score on One Hole: It gives me nightmares to think about that, but I’ll say 9. I’d hate for somebody to shoot a 9, though.

By Todd Beck