Ladies and Gentlemen,
It’s everyone’s favorite weekend of the year. The Masters from Augusta National Golf Course in Augusta, Georgia. This week brings back memories like Tiger’s fist pump after holing a chip that hung on the lip of the cup on 16 after missing the green in the final round or Bubba buried deep in the trees in the second hole of the playoffs and coming out on top. For those lucky enough to have been there throughout the years, you can still see the beauty, hear the crowd, smell perfection and feel the energy.
Let’s talk about the field this year. As always, the Masters is stacked with the top golfers in the world. From Phil to Tiger and Thomas to Rory, we should expect this year to be fun again. Last year brought us Patrick Reed, who at 28 years of age, had only 6 PGA tournament wins, but had been knocking on the door of a major win for the past 2 years when he won the Green Jacket. Reed was never and still isn’t a superstar of the sport, but his win in 2018 and Danny Willetts win in 2016 show that anyone can win at Augusta given the right conditions. For this years tournament, I think we are going to see all the big names at the top.
This year, we have already seen wins from big names like Justin Rose (Farmers Insurance Open), Rickie Fowler (Waste Management Phoenix Open), Phil Mickelson (AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am), Dustin Johnson (WGC-Mexico Championship) and Rory McIlroy (THE PLAYERS Championship). All of those men have already tasted victory this year and are poised to carry that success into Augusta National this week.
What names are we missing from that list? Good question… Elite players like Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth just to name a few. These men are on the outside looking in for wins this season, but that just might be enough to make them want to win.
What does Vegas think? Here are the top 10 in the eyes of Vegas:
- Rory McIlory (7/1)
- Dustin Johnson (10/1)
- Justin Rose (12/1)
- Tiger Woods (14/1)
- Rickie Folwer (16/1)
- Jon Rahm (18/1)
- Justin Thomas (18/1)
- Francesco Molinari (22/1)
- Jordan Spieth (22/1)
- Brooks Koepka (25/1)
- Jason Day (28/1)
- Bubba Watson (33/1)
- Phil Mickelson (40/1)
Now that you know what Vegas is thinking, lets bring in the experts from Soft7Sports.com to see what they are thinking:
- Wheat – Rory McIlory (7/1)
Why Rory? Well, to be honest, it’s his time. He is the only player in the past 5 years to finish in the top 10 every year. He is having the best putting season of his career which plays a huge roll at Augusta National. He won THE PLAYERS Championship earlier this year. And finally, as he said in a press conference earlier this week, he as refocused how he comes into playing the Masters tournament saying that he no longer puts the pressure on himself that he “needs” to win, but that he “wants” to win. Hopefully Rory can pull it off and enter the golfing elite with a career Grand Slam.
How do I watch?
Thursday and Friday:
- 3-7:30pm on ESPN
- 3-7pm on CBS
- 2-7pm on CBS
- 7pm – Green Jacket ceremony on CBS
- Morning Drive and Live from the Masters on Golf Channel
- Feature Groups, Amen Corner live feed and more on Masters.com
Find your La-Z-Boy and upgrade your TV, it’s time for the Masters!