April 08, 2014
- Will Rory McIlroy be smiling on Sunday at Augusta National, perhaps with a green jacket on his shoulders? (Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- In the ramp-up to Thursday's first round of the Masters, PGATOUR.COM staffers will tackle a question of the day -- and we hope you, our faithful readers, will weigh in with your own responses (after all, you tell us what you think of everything else!).
Tuesday's question: Who will finish highest among pre-tournament favorites Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Rory McIlroy?
And the answers are ...
RORY McILROY. His 3-under 69 in last year's final round flew under the radar since he wasn't in contention. But it was his first round in the 60s on the weekend at Augusta National, and perhaps it helped exorcised a few demons that have haunted him since that final-round 80 in 2011. I think he'll play well early this week, and then go into the weekend with confidence. -- Mike McAllister
PHIL MICKELSON. Yes, I know he's not playing as well as he'd like entering the Masters. But there has been progress in his game -- and regardless, Lefty has a comfort zone at Augusta National with nine top-5 finishes, including three wins, in his last 14 appearances there. -- Helen Ross
RORY McILROY. Aside from Augusta National perfectly suiting his game, McIlroy arrives in good form off a 65 in the final round in Houston. More importantly, he's in a good place mentally and physically. As simple as that sounds, that's when he is at his best. One other note: Every time Tiger Woods has missed a major someone from Ireland or Northern Ireland has gone on to win. -- Brian Wacker
ADAM SCOTT. Although Rory looked great Sunday at Houston, I think Scott's game is in perfect shape to make another run this year. True, his putting Sunday at Bay Hill was a head-scratcher, but his driving and ballstriking have been impeccable. Also, we've learned over the past few years that he doesn't dwell on mistakes long. -- D.J. Piehowski
PHIL MICKELSON. He gets energized whenever he gets to Augusta National. Yes, he arrives at the Masters without a win this season, but the last time that happened was 2010, the year he won his most recent green jacket. -- Sean Martin