The US Masters is just around the corner, and as Augusta prepares to welcome the world’s best golfers, fans are busy trying to predict who will win the first major of the golfing calendar. Names like Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth will be those most highly regarded in the US Masters 2019 golf odds.
In fact, taking a look at the odds, Rory McIlroy is the current favorite to win the Masters, at a price of 9/1. His closest challenger looks to be Dustin Johnson, who you can get at odds of 10/1. It’ll no doubt be a closely fought battle, and here, we will take a closer look at some of the favorites for this year’s Masters.
Just when you think Tiger Woods is done he comes back and starts to show some form. He may not have won a Major since 2008, but he’s still one to watch out for. He’s won the Masters on four occasions, last winning it in 2005. These Masters wins make up four of his 14 Major titles and, despite not winning a title in over a decade, he’s never one you want to bet against. Odds of 12/1 might just be tempting to try.
Although Justin Rose may not have won the Masters, he has produced some good results, coming in second place on two occasions. He tied for second in 2015 when he finished 14 under par with golfing legend Phil Mickelson. He came much closer two years later when he drew with Spain’s Sergio Garcia for first place, nine under par. Rose went on to lose the play-off, handing Garcia the win and cruelly preventing Rose from winning his first green jacket.
His only victory in a major championship came in 2013 when Rose won the U.S. Open. Last year, Rose managed to finish as the runner-up at the Open Championship, which should provide him with confidence heading into the Masters. 12/1 is a good price to get Rose at, particularly given his consistency.
Dustin Johnson’s best ever finish at the Masters was in the 2016 tournament where he tied with Paul Casey and J. B. Holmes for fourth place. Johnson was four shots off the winner Danny Willett and will be hoping he can improve upon his record in the tournament.
He’s considered one of the leading players on the tour, having won the 2016 U.S. Open and being one of the longest drivers on the PGA Tour, opponents will be wary of how easy Johnson can turn the competition on its head within a hole. 10/1 reflects the bookies’ belief that he can certainly win the tournament, he just needs to avoid a calamitous round to ensure he’s there or thereabouts come the end.
Looking back at his golfing history, it’s easy to see why Rory McIlroy is the current favorite to win this year’s Masters. He has four Majors to his name, having won the 2011 U.S. Open; 2012 and 2014 PGA Championships; and 2014 Open Championship, meaning he certainly knows how to win.
There is one big thing missing from his major wins – the Masters. His best result was fourth in the 2015 tournament where he finished 12 under par, six shots behind winner Jordan Spieth. Keep an eye on the Northern Irishman, he has plenty of talent and will be eager to claim his first Masters title.