Even though COVID-19 delayed the playing of the 2020 Masters, it only made the event more special and makes the upcoming 2021 Masters even more exciting. Rather than waiting a full year between events we only had to wait six months, but there has been a lot that has happened in the golf world within those six months. One of the biggest shake ups in the sport has been the rise of Jordan Spieth and the fall of Rory McIlroy.
In today’s article we will take a look at these two stars and give you our predictions for the next four days.
Jordan Spieth was looking to become a star with his major victories from 2014-2017 and at one point in his career was standing in second place on the Official World Golf Rankings. However it seemed like his stardom would be short lived as he fell from grace with poor performance after poor performance making many fans wonder, where in the world is Jordan Spieth. In fact, at the 2020 Masters he came in forty sixth place with a score of one over par, well behind Dustin Johnson’s twenty under par.
However within the last six months Jordan Spieth has really gone on a tear, including this weekend. Back in his home state of Texas, Jordan Spieth is currently tied for the lead at the Valero Texas Open. Besides this tournament, he has had three top five performances within the past three months alone, really turning it around since the 2020 Masters. Being a Masters champion himself gives fans another reason to watch out for him during the tournament this weekend.
With a mixture of his prior play in Augusta and his hot streak coming into the tournament, he may be able to win the 2021 Masters!
On the other hand we have Rory McIlroy who is finding himself in a rut similar to the one that Jordan Spieth was in last year. However he has been much more present in the media, informing fans that his swing seems to be falling apart due to changes he is making for added distance. It is safe to say that Bryson DeChambeau’s long ball skills are what is putting the pressure on McIlroy to hit the ball even farther.
Speaking of Bryson DeChambeau he seemed to be the favorite in the 2020 Masters, but he performed well below everyone’s expectations. However it is safe to say that he has since learned from his mistakes, even picking up a win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational back in March. With some added experience from the 2020 Masters, he may be able to meet expectations this time.
When it comes to the 2021 Masters this upcoming weekend, keep an eye out for Jordan Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau as either one could win the tournament. Have low expectations for Rory McIlroy based on recent swing troubles, but he could certainly pull off a large upset. Keep in mind that it is difficult to maintain the lead throughout all four rounds, so the first round winner may not be the final winner, but Jordan Spieth has done it before. We hope you enjoyed this article and we all look forward to the 2021 Masters!