The most beloved golf event of the year is underway as the 83rd Masters Tournament at the illustrious Augusta National Golf Club has begun. 87 players will tee it up to vie for the sacred green jacket, awarded to each Masters champion. 52 players have won the tournament, with Jack Nicklaus winning six times, while Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods each having won four times. The last four champions have all been first time major winners, with Patrick Reed the latest to win the green jacket. This years field of players may perhaps be the most star studded the Masters has ever seen. Here’s a look at a few players who should be in the mix on Sunday:
Rory McIlroy – 7/1 Odds
The Northern Ireland native comes into Augusta as hot as any golfer on tour. His win at the Players Championship just under a month ago was quite the start to his 2019 season. He followed the performance up by narrowly losing to Tiger Woods in the World Golf Championships – Dell Technologies Match Play in the round of 16, 2&1. The four-time major winner is chasing a career grand-slam (being victorious in all four major events). I expect Rory to be right there in the end on Sunday.
Dustin Johnson – 9/1 Odds
Wayne “The Great One” Gretzky’s son-in-law has yet to capture a green jacket in his accomplished career. Arguably the best ball striker on tour, Augusta National requires a more well rounded game, specifically in and around the speedy greens. Johnson has struggled in his career with the putter, and that again could come to haunt him this go around. Although DJ has finished in the top 10 his last three Masters appearances, he”ll need to be at his best to win this year.
Jordan Spieth – 18/1 Odds
Three major wins at just the age of 25 still makes Jordan Spieth one of the most dangerous players in the field. As of late, Spieth has been in a bit of a slump if you will, with his last tour win dating back to July 2017. He has shown the ability to rise to big occasions in his young career though, and if he pieces his game together this week as we have seen many times before, Jordan could capture his second green jacket in just four years.
Tiger Woods – 14/1 Odds
Tiger is certainly the crowd favorite, as he is in just about any tournament he plays. With four green jackets already, Woods is trying to inch closer to Jack Nicklaus’ record of six. His last major victory dates back to 2008 at the U.S. Open. After a falling out with his personal life and many injuries between then and now, many never thought Tiger would win another major. In last seasons final big event, Woods went on to win the Tour Championship, showing that he can still compete at the highest level. No one in this week’s field knows Augusta National like Tiger, so if he can stay sharp and get off to a good start, he should be close on Sunday.
My mind is telling me either Rory or DJ, but I’m going with my gut on this one. What could be better for golf, then to see Tiger Woods win at the Masters yet again? I expect the galleries to be huge following him around this week, and can’t imagine what they’d look like if he’s in the mix this weekend. As I said before, if he can get off to a good start, he should be able to build on his game moving into the weekend. Woods winning would be the single greatest thing for golf right now, but perhaps in the games history. Golf today would not look the same if it weren’t for Woods and the evolution he’s brought to the game in his career. Augusta’s patrons probably want nothing more than to see him win this week. Sunday night, Tiger Woods will collect green jacket number five at Augusta National.
Here is a look at some other players and their odds for the 2019 Masters.