This article is part of our PGA Tour Stats Review series.
It's finally here, the Masters, a tradition unlike any other, so says Jim Nantz. But unlike our previous Masters previews, we must start with the weather, because it could have a huge impact on who wins this week.
Thunderstorms disrupted practice rounds Monday and could do the same for the Par 3 Contest on Wednesday. Rain should move out for the first two rounds of tournament, but wind is expected to move in. Thursday could see 20 mph wind with gusts up to 30 mph, while Friday gusts ease a bit to 20 mph. Temperatures for both days are expected to be unseasonably cool in the mid-60s. The weekend, though, should be nice with light wind, sun and temperatures back into the 70s, but the impact might have been felt already.
The bottom line is Augusta National will play wet except for the greens, which can be at whatever speed officials want them to be because of the SubAir system beneath them. So what does that mean for the contenders …
Hello Dustin Johnson!
It does seem like everything is breaking his way this week. The man who absolutely overpowered Austin Country Club en route to the Match Play victory, including a 424-yard drive on No. 12 in the championship match that was short of Jon Rahm, is third in strokes gained off the tee and 11th in approach to the green, both key stats on what will be a wet golf course where iron proximity – he's