Top-3 Things to Watch for During the 2016 Masters

The 2016 Masters is quickly approaching, meaning the green jacket is once again up for grabs. Since 1934, the Augusta National Golf Club has hosted television’s most popular and golf’s most exclusive championships. Last year the defending Masters Champion, Bubba Watson, presented the green jacket to the tournament’s second-youngest winner in its history, Jordan Spieth.

Kiva Dunes knows that golfers across the Gulf Coast with different levels of experience are interested in taking part in the excitement surrounding this year’s competition. Kiva Dunes will broadcast the Masters Tournament at The Kiva Grill and around the resort. David Watson, head golf professional at Kiva Dunes Golf Club, shares his “Top-3 Things to Watch for During the 2016 Masters,” and his championship prediction.

1) Leading up to the Championship:

All the pundits, when trying to handicap the Masters field, like to look at who has already won this year. Many of golf’s young stars, such as Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Rory McIlroy, and Rickie Fowler have all secured wins this season.These athletes could help provide for a very memorable tournament.

2) Highlights during Masters Week:

Get excited for all the traditions of the Masters, from the par-3 contest and the ceremonial first tee, to the champions dinner and the past champions playing in the tournament. Also, if you didn’t get to watch the newest tradition with the Drive, Chip & Putt Championship, it’s always great to see so many kids excited about golf and competition.

3) Don’t Forget:

The Amateurs are the final thing to watch. The Amateur and College game is thriving, and more and more players are staying for all four years of college because of the great competition at that level. No longer do they have to leave early to find better competition, and because of this, they are better prepared to compete at the next level. Bryson DeChambeau will be the odds-on favorite to win the amateur title.

2016 Masters Champion, David Watson’s prediction: Rickie Fowler 

My pick for the week is Rickie Fowler. Since his switch to Butch Harmon he has gotten longer and more consistent with his driver, and has learned how to properly move the ball both ways.

David Watson is a PGA Professional in Gulf Shores, Ala. The PGA of America comprises 27,000 men and women professionals with one singular goal in mind — to make the game of golf more enjoyable for you.

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