The Masters, first Major Championship of the season tees off on Thursday and our golf expert shares some insights and his top golf picks for the tournament.
Jason Day (7-1) - Recently taking over as the number one player in the world, there is not a hotter player in golf currently. Day will be trying to win his 2nd straight Major Championship and his 3rd straight event on Tour. In his last 3-trips to Augusta, Day has finished 28th, 20th, and 3rd.
Jordan Spieth (15-2) - The Boy Wonder, The Kid, and The Defending Champion. Spieth has played in two Masters and has finished 2nd and 1st.. and he's only 22 years old. This season has not been as sparkling so far as last season was for him but that could all change this week.
Rory McIlroy (8-1) - The Masters is the one Major Rory needs to complete the career Grand Slam and it has been his nemesis with near misses and a collapse on Sunday in 2011. In his last 3-trips, he's finished 4th, 8th, and 25th.
Adam Scott (12-1) at William Hill- Next to Jason Day, Scott is certainly the hottest player on Tour so far this season, ranking number one in the FedEx point standings and going on a run between Los Angeles and Florida that saw the Aussie rack up a 2nd, two consecutive wins, and a 12th place finish.
Bubba Watson (12-1) at Ladbrokes- Watson won in L.A. this year, beating Scott at Riviera and the last time he did that, he went on to win The Masters in the same season. Bubba will be trying to put on his 3rd green jacket this year in his last 5-attempts.
Rickie Fowler (15-1) - The 5th ranked player in the world has yet to win a Major Championship but finished Top 5 in all four of them just two seasons ago. He is the defending Players Champion and owns all of the tools it takes to win at Augusta. Many feel he will win a Major this year - but will it be at Augusta?
The Long Shots
Louis Oosthuizen (30-1) at Bet365- The sweet swinging South African just lost to Jason Day in the finals of The World Match Play, lost in a playoff last Summer at The British Open, and lost to Bubba Watson in playoff here at Augusta in 2012.
Danny Willett (50-1) - The Englishman is probably the best golfer in the world that not many people are familiar with. He is ranked 12th in the world, finished 38th here last year in his first ever try, and recorded a 6th place finish at The British Open last Summer. Willett's wife gave birth to their new baby boy only a couple of days ago - and Danny has confirmed he will play in The Masters.
Marc Leishman (60-1) - Leishman was the other odd man out in that playoff last Summer with Oosthuizen, both falling to Zach Johnson at St. Andrew's. He finished 4th at The Masters in 2014, and like Rickie Fowler, Leishman too checks all of the skill set boxes with distance off of the tee, excellent putting, and scrambling.
Phil Mickelson (15-1) - Lefty has not won a golf tournament since he won The British Open in 2013 but he is enjoying his best start to the season in many years. He ranks 5th in Putting, 6th in Scrambling, and still has the distance off of the tee. Mickelson is number one on Tour in Scoring with an average of 69.17. When he comes to Augusta with a scoring average of less than 69.2, he has finished 1st, 10th, and 1st. He finished 2nd last year. This year, I think he earns his 4th Masters title, so add Mickelson to your betting picks.