Jason Day, lifted by the encouraging news about his mother's health, is the sentimental choice in the Masters, which begins Thursday. Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, is a slight Vegas favorite ahead of Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy.
But they're not my pick. My guy is from the United Kingdom, a former major winner who is chasing his first green jacket. No, it's not McIlroy. Unlike Rory, this man represented his country in the Olympics in Rio and won the individual gold, making a hole-in-one along the way.
My favorite is the only active PGA Tour player to win a tournament on six continents, and one of five to do it. At last year's Ryder Cup, a fan heckled him for missing a putt. He put down a $100 bill and dared the fan to make it. The guy rammed the putt into the hole and collected the money.
How do you not root for that guy? Oh, he's also the only man who has finished in the top 25 in the last six Masters. If I were a betting man, I'd put $100 on Justin Rose.