Just five months removed from last season’s Coronavirus impacted Masters, the world's best golfers will try their luck again at the revered Augusta National this week, from Thursday to Sunday. Despite all-time great Tiger Woods’ absence from the list of competitors, this Masters is looking to be one to remember. I’ll detail the betting favorite, fan pick, dark-horse candidate and make more predictions for this year’s tournament below!
The Favorite: Dustin Johnson
Coming off his first green jacket win, and second major tournament win, Dustin Johnson is who many pick to emerge victorious again this year. Sitting comfortably at number one in the world, there seems to be no reason to believe that Dustin can’t put together some birdies and add to his new collection of green jackets. Real golf fanatics know, however, that playing and winning a Masters at Augusta in November (month of play last year), is much different than in April (normal play time), due to changes in course conditions. It will not be easy for Dustin this time around, but if anyone can win, he sure can.
The last person to win back-to-back Masters was the one and only Tiger Woods. He completed this feat in the two Masters during 2001 and 2002.
Fan Pick: Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth made headlines recently when he won his first tournament in four years last week. Not only did he get a win, but he has been playing stellar golf for a while now. He does have a win at the Masters back in 2015, but as of late, Augusta National hasn’t treated him well. Fans seem to be liking Spieth’s chances, and it’s hard to bet against the hot hand.
Spieth’s betting odds to win the Masters jumped to 15/2 following his victory last weekend. This really shows the power of momentum in the game of golf.
Dark-Horse Candidate: Ian Poulter
In a Masters like this upcoming one, lacking a player like Tiger Woods, a experienced veteran, the door could be wide open for players who know the golf course. Ian Poulter has been around the game of golf for a while now, and has had some success at Augusta National. He just has never had the opportunity to get a win in the consistently stacked field. Although he isn’t my pick, someone saying Ian Poulter will win the Masters isn’t as crazy as you think.
Did you know that Trevor Immelman won the Masters after his betting odds were placed at 150/1? He was and still is the biggest long shot to go on to win the Masters in the history of the tournament.
My Pick: Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas has been playing phenomenal golf in the last couple months, and is itching closer and closer to winning his first green jacket. After a fourth place finish at last year's Masters, a top-10 at the U.S. Open, and a win at the Players, JT is destined to win his second major. My prediction is that Justin leaves Augusta as the Masters champion.