The anticipation for the first major of the season is always enormous, and that is once again the case in 2015. Players from around the world are getting ready to tee it up at Augusta National Golf Club, which is one of the most famous courses on the planet. This will be the 79th edition of The Masters, which is at the top of the list of most players in terms of the one tournament that they’d like to win.

Last week’s Shell Houston Open featured some dramatics, and I’m sure there will be more great moments in The Masters. J.B Holmes won a three-way playoff with Jordan Spieth and Johnson Wagner. Spieth, who shot 70 on Sunday and essentially gave the tournament away, is among the favorites to win the 2015 Masters.

Not surprisingly, the biggest storyline ahead of the 2015 Masters is Tiger Woods’ return from more than a two-month absence.  He is currently listed at +3485 to win this week, which is about as good of odds as you will ever get on him to win a golf tournament.  I’m going to break down the five biggest favorites, while also listing the odds on each player in the field at the bottom of this article.

Top 5 Biggest Favorites

Rory McIlroy (+565)

This will be McIlroy’s first attempt at achieving the career grand slam, which means winning all four majors in his career. He finished a personal-best T8 at the Masters last year while leading the field in par-4 scoring and finishing in a tie for second in greens in regulation. He has payed three events this year. Finished T9 at the WGC-Cadillac Championship and T11 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. He also missed the cut at The Honda Classic.

Jordan Spieth (+945)

Spieth has had a tremendous start to the 2015 season. He lost in a playoff at the Shell Houston Open last week for his 6th Top 10 finish in 9 starts this year. He won the Horo World Challenge and the Valspar Championship, while also finishing second in the SHell Houston Open and the Valero Texas Open. Spieth had a great chance to win in his debut at August last year, but fell apart on the back nine to finish in a tie for second.

Bubba Watson (+985)

When Watson is in contention at the Masters, he has been able to make the most of it. His two titles here in the last three years are his only top 15s in his last six trips to Augusta. He is playing very well ahead of his title defense. Watson has top 15s in each of his last four starts. He ranks first in par-5 scoring and second in scrambling, which are two keys to winning at Augusta.

Jason Day (+1325)

Day was the 36-hole leader at Augusta in 2013 before placing third. He finished in a T20 last year and has a tremendous track record here overall. He has nine top 20s dating back to a T15 at the 2014 PGA Championship. Day leads the TOUR in par-4 scoring and the all-around ranking. He is so close to winning a major that he can taste it, and it very well could be this week.

Dustin Johnson (+1400)

Since taking a leave of absence from the PGA TOUR, Johnson has come back more focused than ever, and it’s really starting to pay off. He has a win and three other Top 6 finishes in his last five starts. He finished T4 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, second after losing in a playoff in the Northern Trust Opener, 1st at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and T6 at the Valero Texas Open. Johnson ranks T7 in par-5 scoring on TOUR this year.

Complete List of 2015 Masters Odds

Player Odds
Rory McIlroy +565
Jordan Spieth +945
Bubba Watson +985
Jason Day +1325
Dustin Johnson +1400
Henrik Stenson +1855
Adam Scott +1955
Jimmy Walker +2100
Phil Mickelson +2340
Rickie Fowler +3285
Matt Kuchar +3410
Patrick Reed +3410
Justin Rose +3485
Tiger Woods +3485
Sergio Garcia +3785
Brandt Snedeker +4500
J.B. Holmes +5000
Lee Westwood +5000
Louis Oosthuizen +5000
Paul Casey +7000
Hideki Matsuyama +7500
Billy Horschel +8000
Keegan Bradley +8000
Ryan Palmer +8500
Brooks Koepka +9500
Jim Furyk +9500
Victor Dubuisson +9500
Angel Cabrera +10000
Charl Schwartzel +10000
Ian Poulter +10000
Martin Kaymer +10000
Zach Johnson +10000
Ryan Moore +11000
Hunter Mahan +12000
Bill Haas +12500
Gary Woodland +12500
Jamie Donaldson +12500
Russell Henley +14500
Padraig Harrington +17500
Branden Grace +18500
Luke Donald +19000
Jonas Blixt +19500
Kevin Na +20000
Webb Simpson +20000
Chris Kirk +21000
Graham McDowell +21000
Shane Lowry +21500
Charley Hoffman +22500
Jason Dufner +22500
Marc Leishman +23500
Miguel Angel Jimenez +27500
Fred Couples +30000
Ernie Else +31500
Steve Stricker +31500
Cameron Tringale +38500
Brend Wiesberger +41000
Brendon Todd +41500
Camilo Villegas +41500
Matt Every +42000
John Senden +42500
Morgan Hoffman +42500
Sang-Moon Bae +43500
Danny Willett +46000
Joost Luiten +46500
Geoff Ogilvy +49000
Stephen Gallacher +52000
Thomas Bjorn +60000
Vijay Singh +60000
Ben Martin +62000
Robert Streb +65000
Seung-Yul Noh +74500
Bernhard Langer +78000
Kevin Streelman +80000
James Hahn +82500
Kevin Stadler +84500
Mikko Ilonen +92000
Brian Harman +92500
Trevor Immelman +97500
Anirban Lahiri +100000
Ben Crane +100000
Corey Conners +100000
Darren Clarke +100000
Erik Compton +100000
Gunn Yang +100000
Jose Maria Olaqzabel +100000
Larry Mize +100000
Mark O’Meara +100000
Matias Dominguez +100000
Mike Weir +100000
Sandy Lyle +100000
Scott Harvey +100000
Thongchai Jaidee +100000
Tom Watson +100000
Antonio Murdaca +200000
Byron Meth +200000
Ben Crenshaw +250000
Bradley Neil +250000
Ian Woosnam +250000
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