The final player in our 20-man countdown is World No.1, Dustin Johnson.
Johnson had to withdraw from last year’s renewal after falling down the stairs and hurting his back at his rental home, so he will hopefully be in safer accommodation this week.
He was the hot favourite in 2017, coming into the event with three straight wins and will look to atone for last year’s mishap.
Johnson has missed just one cut in his career at Augusta and in his last two starts has cracked the top-6, so he is clearly trending towards a win.
No one will ever know quite how close Johnson would have gone last year or whether he would have one, had he been able to tee it up.
With three top-13’s in his last four starts it appears Dustin is happy with taking on Augusta National and will be hoping to limit the mistakes this time around.
Why he can win the 2018 Masters
In short, because he is Dustin Johnson. A long, straight driver of the ball who makes plenty of putts and has improved drastically with a wedge in his hand, there is a reason he is now World No.1.
Whilst it would appear he’s not that bothered, Johnson will surely not want to give up his No.1 crown to Justin Thomas this week, so should be on top of his game once again.
In 2016, Johnson finished 4th here, 1st at the U.S. Open and 9th at the Open Championship, celebrating his best year in the majors to date.
In 2017, after missing the week here, Johnson missed the cut at the U.S. Open, finished T54 at the Open Championship before finally playing well in a major finishing T13 at the PGA Championship.
Despite his lack of success in the majors last season, Dustin won four times and has already got a win this year, at the Tournament of Champions, so he will hope to kick on from there.
While he looks like he doesn’t have a care in the world, and generally life is good, it won’t be lost on him that he’s still won just one major in a career that deserves plenty more.
A win this week would have been a goal for him at the start of the season and his Match Play performance aside, he’s shown plenty of form to suggest he is ready to do just that.
This season, Johnson has finished inside the top-9 in six of his seven stroke play starts, with a T16 at the Genesis Open the exception. He did of course struggle at the Match Play but he is the type to shrug these things off nowadays and will probably have turned his attentions straight to here, following a dissapointing week in Austin.
Below is a list of how many areas Johnson ranks 1st in this season, courtesy of Justin Ray of the Golf Channel, so it will take a brave man to suggest Johnson cannot get the job done this week.
— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGC) April 4, 2018
Given how well others around him have been playing, Johnson has come in here a little bit under the radar which may well suit him, but either way he was a worthy favourite at the time these articles started, and at a more enticing price as of today, it may be worth giving the World No.1 a second look.