Fantasy Golf: Rory McIlroy is Safe Bet to Win 2014 Masters

By Adam Pfeifer
Rory McIlroy
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The beautiful green grass, the incredible environment and the perfect weather. There is absolutely nothing like baseball season.

Wait, what? Golf?


That’s right, folks. The 2014 Masters kick off in just a few short days, perhaps the biggest tournament of the year. I’ll be honest. Golf is not my favorite sport in the world, but I can surely appreciate the beauty of the game, as well as the rich history. In fact, my brother golfs, works at a course and has attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open in the past, so he’s probably very proud of me right now. Luckily for all of you, I’m not here to rant about my brother, but rather talk some fantasy golf. Everyone wants to hit the nail on the head with the winner of the Masters. And with no Tiger Woods (back) sidelined for the tournament, the field has opened up a bit more. Top tier player, Rory McIlroy recently stated that he has never seen such a lack of a dominant figure heading into the Masters.

Be that guy, Rory.

There are plenty of capable golfers in this year’s tournament, but McIlroy is a pretty strong candidate to win the entire thing. He’s probably been the most consistent guy on the tour during the year 2014. That’s great to see after a miserable 2013. He has posted three worldwide top-10 finishes this season, one of which coming on the PGA Tour. He’s playing at that top level once again, and it comes at a perfect time.

Now many may remember Rory’s putrid outing at the 2011 Masters and may worry about his chances this season. Sure, he played very poorly, but if this tournament has told is anything, it’s that experience is the key. In fact, a rookie hasn’t won the event since way back in 1979, so the odds are in favor of the veteran golfers, for sure. And with that bad experience, I think it should only help Rory come Sunday. It also helps that he has experience playing at Augusta.

2009: T20

2010: Cut

2011: T15

2012: T40

2013: T25

via Kyle Porter of CBS.

His collapse in 2011 will be in his mind, sure. But it won’t necessarily be a bad thing. I think it will only continue to motivate Rory to do better in 2014, and I would not at all be surprised if he finishes the tournament with that illustrious Green Jacket.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.

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