The “Big Three” headline their own tee times this week, but which of them will rise to win the green jacket Sunday evening? If you ask GOLF’s Top 100 Teachers, only two of the “Big Three” catch their eye this week.
Thirty percent of the Top 100 Teachers chose Rory McIlroy as their pick to win the 2016 Masters and finally claim the final leg of his career grand slam. Not far behind McIlroy, Jason Day earned 26 percent of the vote.
Where is Jordan Spieth? Well, only 4 percent of the Top 100 Teachers chose Spieth as their pick to defend his title. Others receiving significant votes were Adam Scott (11 percent), Bubba Watson (6 percent), Henrik Stenson (6 percent) and Phil Mickelson (4 percent).
The Top 100 Teachers have high expectations for Rickie Fowler, too. When asked for a player without a major who is most likely to win this weekend, the man in orange is their pick to wear green.
Forty-four percent of the teachers polled chose Fowler as the player without a major most likely to win this weekend. Following Fowler on that list is Dustin Johnson, earning 26 percent of the vote, and Henrik Stenson with 20 percent.
As they reminisce past Masters tournaments this week, the Top 100 Teachers agree that 30 years ago was the greatest Masters of all-time.
That’s 1986 when Jack Nicklaus came back to win on Sunday afternoon. Jack’s ’86 win earned 83 percent of the vote for Best Masters Ever, which was followed by Tiger Woods’ 1997 victory.
Ed Ibarguen said it best: “Jack Nicklaus in 1986. The most thrilling Sunday to watch in my lifetime. Tiger’s win was dominant, but on Sunday, it was only about how many he would win by.”