This being the season of brackets and seedings, it raises the question of who the top four seeds would be for this year’s Masters, if there were such things.
Here’s one early view of potential No. 1 seeds at Augusta:
- Adam Scott: If you had first pick in a Masters draft, who would you take before him? There’s no rule against winning it two years in a row. Ask Jack Nicklaus and Nick Faldo.
- Rory McIlroy: If he’s not all the way back to the Rory we saw pre-2013, he’s close. He’s a big-stage player and the stage doesn’t get any bigger – or greener – than Augusta’s. His kind of moment.
- Jason Day: This assumes he’s being overly cautious about his sore thumb, which has led to two pre-tournament withdrawals since his win at the Match Play last month. If he’s healthy, he’s dangerous – and due.
- Tiger Woods: The committee awards this seeding based on his overall body of work, not on what he hasn’t done this year because of his cranky back. The committee also knows this is a controversial seeding.
While we’re at it, here are the No. 2 seeds:
- Phil Mickelson: He’s won three Masters. Why not four?
- Bubba Watson: If he wins again, can we call him Double Bubba?
- Patrick Reed: Says he’s a top-five player. Committee rewards bravado.
- Dustin Johnson: Could be the first bearded Masters champion.