This year’s Masters tournament at Augusta will see the best golfers on the planet battle as they look to take Patrick Reed’s crown after his victory in 2018.
The action gets underway in just over a week’s time and as such, it’s a great time to take a look at the competing field and research which players have a good chance to take home the famous green jacket.
Across sportsbooks, there’s one clear favourite (Rory Mcilroy at about 7/1) and a pretty firm top-five, rounded out by Dustin Johnson (10/1), Justin Rose (12/1), Tiger Woods (12/1), and Justin Thomas (16/1). Bettors who are looking at options for live betting during the Masters, should note that two-time champion Bubba Watson is well down the list at 28/1. The 40-year-old is playing reasonably well lately, making 8/9 cuts this year and recently finishing 4th at the Valspar, his second top-five result in his last six starts.
Let’s take a look at some of those top players to assess their chances.
When Rory McIlroy goes to Augusta, one question will always follow him until he finally wins there; “can he complete the career Grand Slam?” The Northern Irishman has had big chances to win in Georgia in recent years but hasn’t quite been able to finish the job. He faded away in the final round last year but he has shown that he has the game to win on the famous old course.
When you consider his talent, it’s a surprise to think that American star Dustin Johnson has only won one major tournament in his career. He’s been in very good form leading into Augusta and as such, he’s well worth considering as a potential winner.
Englishman Justin Rose is in the form of his life and having finished in second place on two occasions, he knows he has what it takes to compete at the Masters. The Olympic champion has a great chance to win the green jacket
Justin Thomas, the 2017 USPGA champion, knows what it takes to win a major but his record at Augusta is poor. He’s played at the Masters three times, finishing 39th, 22nd and 17th. In fact, his record at Majors isn’t great, with just three top ten finishes in 14 events. However, he’s developed as a golfer and is on an upward curve, he’ll be looking to prove just that in Georgia.
Last but not least, Tiger Woods. After years in the wilderness, pardon the pun, Woods is very much getting back to a high level and whilst he might never reach the heights of years past, where he was arguably playing at a higher level than any golfer had ever reached, he’s still more than capable of winning at Augusta again. He last won the Masters in 2005 and a win later this month would be an amazing storyline considering the troubles he’s encountered.