The 2015 Masters Tournament gets underway tomorrow in Augusta, Georgia and as usual there’s no shortage of story-lines. Not surprisingly, Tiger Woods will play and is looking for his fifth green jacket. What can be expected of him however? He hasn’t played in over two months and has not won a major tournament since 2008.
Is this finally the time when Rory breaks through for his first Masters victory? He’s won four major titles including two PGA titles but even the number one ranking in the world doesn’t mean a whole lot without a green jacket on his resume.
Let’s take a look at the top ten favorites and a few long shots I like as well.
Rory McIlroy 6/1 – McIlroy has played in just five tournaments in 2015 but does a victory in the Dubai Classic. On the other end of that spectrum is a missed cut in the Honda Classic. His best finish in The Masters is a tie for eighth. The big question is can he find consistency for all four rounds? He always seems to have a hiccup that puts him out of contention.
Jordan Spieth 8/1 – Spieth is the fourth-ranked golfer in the world and is playing pretty well despite an early exit in the sudden death playoff this past weekend with two other players. His last three starts have seen him gain a victory in the Valspar Championship and then two second place finishes. Is he ready to get the job done for his first major victory?
Bubba Watson 11/1 – The two-time Masters Champion has played in just four tournaments in 2015 but as fared pretty well. All four finishes were top 14 or better and one included a third place in the WGC-Cadillac Championship. If anyone has the game to get this done in it’s Watson.
Dustin Johnson 14/1 – Johnson has bounced back nicely since his absence from the tour. He’s played in six tournaments in 2015 and has a win at the WGC at Doral and a 2nd and 4th place finish as well. He also has two missed cuts but regardless, he has the type of game that should result in a victory in Augusta at some point.
Jason Day 14/1 – The Australian Day has a win in 2015 at the Farmers Insurance Open and also has a third and fourth place finish to go with the win. In four previous Masters starts, Day has a runner-up and third place finish.
Henrik Stenson 20/1 – The big Swede has had nine starts in Augusta and has never finished better than 14th. He is entering the tournament at the right time though. In his last three starts he’s recorded finishes of second, fourth and fourth. Do you go with the recent streak or the track record of not playing all that well in The Masters?
Adam Scott 22/1 – The 2013 Masters Champion has played in just three US events this season finishing 35th, missed cut and a tie for fourth at the WGC-Cadillac Championship. Is his game and his shorter putter up to snuff?
Jimmy Walker 22/1 – Walker makes just his second start at The Masters after finishing eighth in his debut last year. He also has two wins in 2015 in seven starts with one of those wins coming last week in Texas.
Phil Mickelson 22/1 – Lefty started the season with two missed cuts in his first three outings and his last three tournaments resulted in ties for 17th, 30th and 31st. Never count out Mickelson out of the Masters. It’s that simple.
Tiger Woods 25/1 – The four time Masters champ returns from his hiatus and is probably a decent play at 25/1. That said, Augusta requires accuracy and touch around the greens. How much of those could he possibly have right now?
Long Shots I Like
Jim Furyk 60/1, Ryan Palmer 75/1, Jason Dufner 100/1