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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||+27500|
|Jose Maria Olaqzabel||+100000|