Masters Preview - 50 Days to go

With less than 2 months to go the first major, The Masters, is approaching rapidly and I couldn’t be more excited.

The start of the season has seen wins for some of the big names already with defending champion Hideki Matsuyama being one of those. But he isn’t among the favourite with the bookmakers so who is the early favourites?

Jon Rahm 8/1

As the world number 1 looks to improve on a great 2021 he is the favourite with the bookmakers. He finished in the top 10 in all 4 majors last year, winning his first the US Open and has finished in the top 10 at the last 4 Masters competitions. Someone is going to have to be on good form to beat him this year.

Collin Morikawa 12/1

Probably the only man to have a better 2021 than Jon Rahm was Collin Morikawa. He picked up multiple wins, claimed his 2nd major at The Open and went on to win the DP World Tour title. His lack of experience at Augusta could be his only stumbling block as this will be only his 3rd appearance. It seems like he has been in the game for a long time but it was only 3 years ago he was finishing college before announcing himself as a golf superstar.

Jordan Spieth 12/1

Jordan’s story has been great for the sport. Falling down the ranking and form deserting him everyone was wondering what had happened to this amazing talent. What’s the saying ‘form is temporary, class is permanent’. Jordan secured his first win in 4 years in 2021 and had a 2nd and 3rd in 2 of the 4 majors. His record around Augusta is pretty impressive already owning a green jacket himself has finished in the top 5 multiple occasions and was only 3 shots behind Matsuyama last year. I’m sure he will be fired up for the first major of the year.

Dustin Johnson 12/1

Dustin is a great golfer, winning multiple times on tours and picking up a green jacket just a couple years ago. It does surprise me though that he has better odds than the likes of Justin Thomas and Hideki Matsuyama as his form has been inconsistent since his victory is Saudi Arabia at the start of 2021. We all know what he is capable of but for me he is going to have to find some form in the next 6/8 weeks to have a chance of beating the guys above.

For me Morikawa is the man to beat at the moment. His start to the year has been solid enough and as the tournaments continue, I’m sure his form will improve in time for The Masters. We have some big competitions coming up with the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill followed by the ‘5th’ major in The Players Championship. These events will give us a great chance to see who is playing well.

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