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Post experts like some big names

The Post golf experts make their Masters picks, which begins Thursday at Augusta National:

Ian O’Connor

Bryson DeChambeau: He was all over the place in the November Masters because, well, because of everything. Expectations, dizzy spells, too hellbent on playing Powerball. He learned from his mistakes and will add the green jacket to his U.S. Open victory at Winged Foot.

Jordan Spieth: Yes, he will be haunted forever as the master of his own disaster on the 12th hole. But Spieth has the hot hand, he’s learned how to win again, and he has proven he knows how to win the green jacket. He will be right there.

Dustin Johnson: Now that the pressure’s off for DJ, he might feel liberated to unleash his freakish talent on this field and course and break his own Masters scoring record of 20-under.

Scottie Scheffler: Another relatively hot hand coming off his series of impressive conquests at the Match Play two weeks ago in advancing to the final. Has the weaponry to win multiple majors.

Byrson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy
Byrson DeChambeau and Rory McIlroy
EPA; Getty Images

Rory McIlroy: Yeah, I know, this place has taken up permanent residence in his head. But the final leg of the career Grand Slam is going to happen for Rory at some point. I think.

Mark Cannizzaro

Rory McIlroy: Yes, his play has been inconsistent. Yes, he just changed his swing coach. And yes, there’s the pressure of completing the career Grand Slam. But the best stories so often emerge at Augusta, and McIlroy winning a green jacket qualifies as just that.

Jordan Spieth: Always pick the player in form. Spieth is not only in form, but he seems to play the Masters well whether he’s in good form or not. Tough to win back to back, especially after an emotional win in Texas, but he’s feeling it right now.

Jon Rahm: His wife just gave birth to their first child last week. Aside from Rahm’s game being a perfect fit for Augusta, that distraction might be exactly what he needs to free his mind.

Daniel Berger: He should have been qualified for the November Masters and wasn’t. He’s still in good form. Maybe this is his time.

Justin Thomas: His win at the Players Championship was so impressive. It’s difficult to ignore Thomas, who’s due to win his second major.


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