GLT's Final Four Masters Mashup
With the NCAA Final Four and the Masters happening next week, Team GLT decided to combine the two with our Masters Final Four mashup.
We started by analyzing what makes each Final Four team unique, then tried our best to find the PGA Tour player that most closely fit a team’s profile.
When the teams take the court at the Alamodome for the first session games on March 31, two 1 seeds will face off, with Villanova playing Kansas, while the second game will feature 3 seed Michigan against Loyola-Chicago, a team attempting to become the first 11 seed to ever make an NCAA Final.
So, what characteristics did we find within each team? Let’s start with the 1 seeds.
With odds being placed at 3/1 to begin the tournament, Villanova is the heavy favorite. Over the last four seasons, Villanova has made 2 Final Four appearances, winning the NCAA Championship in 2016. Finding a PGA Tour player that currently fits that program is a bit difficult, but GLT’s choice came down to two guys that have won consistently over the previous four season and have strong odds of winning at Augusta, Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy. While neither have won a Green Jacket, we consider these two players as our “team” to beat. You may be asking why we didn’t include Jordan Spieth, considering his Masters title in 2015. We saw more of Jordan in another team.
Kansas entered the tournament with 8/1 odds of winning. Knocking off the perennial favorite, Duke, Kansas finds themselves in a position they know all too well. Year after year, tournament after tournament, Kansas always seems to make an appearance. In fact, the Jayhawks hold the NCAA record for most consecutive tournament appearance (this year makes 29.) While he hasn’t been on earth, much less the PGA Tour, for 29 years, GLT’s pick to represent the spirit of Kansas is Jordan Spieth. While he’s struggled a bit recently, Spieth has been the model of consistency since joining the PGA Tour full time in 2013, picking up a FedEx Cup, 11 PGA Tour wins and 3 Majors – including the 2015 Masters – along the way.