Arguably the biggest event in golf is this weekend. It is the Masters. Becoming originally from Augusta, Ga, I’ve been towards the Masters several times, and it is definitely worth heading should you get the chance.
Tiger Woods returns to competitive golf, right after an “ahem” hard time away. Ernie Els is actively playing his best golf in many years and Phil Mickelson is usually one to maintain an eye on.
Who are the best ten contenders in this year’s Masters?
1. Ernie Els
I wouldn’t call Ernie Els an overwhelming favorite. The field is as wide open as it is been in more than a decade, but Els appears to have found his online game again. He won twice in March with wins at the WGC-CA Championship and also the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
We know he can play at Augusta National. He had 5 consecutive top-six finishes from 2000-2004. If he doesn’t put to significantly pressure on himself, which Els includes a tendency to accomplish, he’ll contend because the online game is there.
Chances of successful: 4 to 1
2. Anthony Kim
Anthony Kim is so close to becoming the next excellent American player. He held off Vaughn Taylor in a playoff to earn this week’s Shell Houston Open. Kim is really a confident player, and I like players who arrive into the majors playing well. Final 12 months he set the record for 11 birdies in a round in the Masters. He has an excellent shot in the title this 12 months.
Odds of successful: 6 to 1
3. Phil Mickelson
Mickelson includes a sterling record at Augusta National. Because 1999 he is completed outside the top-10 just 1 time, and is a two-time Masters winner. He hasn’t played particularly well this year, with only 1 top-10 finish, but Augusta seems to cure any ills Mickelson has with his online game.
Odds of winning: 8 to 1
4. Lee Westwood
Most people say Sergio Garcia is the best player within the globe never to earn a major; I think it might be either Lee Westwood or Steve Stricker. He is placed third at the BritishOpen and PGA Championship final year, so he’s come near recently. Westwood is actively playing well too.
He is had two top-10 finishes in four PGA events this 12 months. His outcomes at Augusta haven’t been spectacular, but neither was Vijay Singh’s before he won the Masters in 2000.
Chances of successful 12 to 1
5. Jim Furyk
One of these days, Jim Furyk is heading to earn an additional a major to go together with that U.S. Open title. He’s just as well good a player. He won earlier this 12 months in the Transitions Championship. He’s not terribly long from the tee, but he can putt and his wedge game is one of the best on tour. He had a top-10 finish final year.
Odds of successful: 15 to 1
6. Tiger Woods
Woods is greatest player of this generation. He’s a four time Masters champion, and hasn’t completed outside the top ten in Augusta since 2004. I just believe he’s spent as well significantly time away from competitive golf, and too significantly time on his individual problems. If anyone can earn despite all the off the course problems, Tiger can, but I truly do not see it happening.
Odds of successful: 20 to 1
7. Retief Goosen
I believe Goosen is ready to make an additional run in the Masters. Until last year he hadn’t finished outside the top 20 at Augusta National because 2001. He is had five top-six finishes this 12 months and like his countryman Els is looking like he’s playing his greatest golf in several many years.
Chances of successful: 25 to 1
8. Steve Stricker
Stricker has been 1 from the PGA tour’s most consistent players the last two years. He has four wins to go along with 15 top-10s. He is presently the No. 2 ranked player within the world as well. Should you don’t believe Stricker can earn the Masters, he had a T6 final 12 months. He is a veteran at age 43. He may be this year’s version of Kenny Perry.
Odds of winning: 30 to 1
9. Rory Mcilroy
Roy McIlroy is the Irish phenom. He had two top-10 finishes in majors’ final year, and finished T20 in his first 12 months in the Masters. That’s impressive for his first full year of majors. I’m not very sure he’s prepared to earn at Augusta National, but would it shock should you if he did?
Odds of successful: 35 to 1
10. Dustin Johnson
Searching for a darkhorse? How about Dustin Johnson? He won at Pebble Beach earlier this year. He’s long averaging 300 yards from the tee, and he ranks 11th in putting. Those are two points you need at Augusta, length and also the ability to putt. Johnson is only 25 many years old, but he’s played at Augusta twice prior to, so it won’t be brand new to him. It’d be a stretch, but he’s great sufficient to contend.
Chances of successful: 40 to 1