It's that time of the year again of the eagerly anticipated and most exciting week in golf, The Masters.
The world's best golfers descend on Augusta National this Thursday (11/04/2019), so who will come out on top this year?
We will be running through some of the top predictions from the bookies and why they may or may not become The Masters 2019 champion!
Top 10 selected odds:Rory McIlroy 6/1
Dustin Johnson 9/1Justin Rose 11/1 Tiger Woods 14/1 John Rahm 14/1 Justin Thomas 16/1Jordan Spieth 16/1 Rickie Fowler 16/1 Jason Day 25-1 Bubba Watson 25/1
A man of great and consistent success. Until recently he was the World No 1, holding this mantle for 86 weeks, winning 27 events between the PGA and European Tours.Within 2015, 2016 and 2018, he had came close to winning the coveted Green Jacket with his top-10 finishes.
Do you think he'll finally become a winner?
The 28 year old has collected more ranking points than any other player since the turn of the year. He is No 1 in strokes gained off the tee and from tee-to-green on the PGA Tour.Within the past 5 years at Augusta, he as finished T8, 4, T10, T7 and T5.
He has brought about his best spells of form in recent memory, so do you think he can win this years' Masters?
He has come a long way in a very short space of time.
He did confess to finding the prospect of becoming world number 1 his Holy Grail, however he lost his semi-final at the WGC-Match Play. Could he be the man to beat given he has no weaknesses and has been the best player in the world this year!
Do you think he will win?
Since the 43 year old had the dreaded back pain at the Ryder Cup 2018 Tournament, he has not finished outside the top 30 in 2019.Is there anything left in the 14-time champion? Can he summon enough energy for this years' Masters? Only time will tell, but experience is key at Augusta National and there are few with as much of that of this majestic course than Tiger!
Could you see Tiger making the ultimate come back?
Jordan has been struggling in recent times. He had taken the position from Rory McIlroy and looked ready pull away as this generation's standout talent. However, his form has not been where it needs to be of late.
However, Augusta has always been Spieth's playground. In 2015, he was between two second-place finishes.
Could he be triumphant in The Masters 2019?
After Augusta last year, he ended the year playing the best golf of his life. His record at Augusta is exceptional and he is likely to be a contender at this years' Masters. Calm and Cool under pressure, Mr Steady may have what it takes to rise to the occasion?
Is he one of your top contenders?
The Spanish sensation who has won 4 titles, 2 of which over the last 6 months.There is an overwhelming likelihood that he wins one of the majors fairly soon due to his talent and ability to close out when an opportunity arrives.
Is he your choice to win?
His odds at 16/1 may catch a few peoples attentions. He was dominating in 2015, a period which included his first and so far only major championship. But we know that Jason has the game to take on and beat the best, can he reach deep within and mount a serious title challenge?
He has had two chances to win at Augusta, so will be in a with chance of winning this year?
He had 2 wins over the first 3 months of the year. Because of this, he is a definite contender to win this years' Masters. But will his short-game stand up to the pressure of Augusta? We know he has what it takes to win here, as he already has 2 Masters titles to his name!
Do you think he has a chance of becoming a three-time Masters Champion?
An extremely good putter, with basically no flaws in his game! Is there a better pressure putter out there than Rickie? And we all know the winner at Augusta this year will need to hole out extremely well!
He is high up on the bets, so do you think he can be victorious this year?
There are many players with longer odds who are worth a look too. However, these are the few who have been selected that may have the better chance of becoming The Masters 2019 champion!
Let's just hope Augusta lives up to it's billing and we are all glued to our TV's until the early hours cheering on a worthy winner. Come Sunday evening and the final pairings are navigating their way around the famous Augusta back nine, we are surely going to be in for a treat with the crowd's roars echo around the Azaleas!
Opinions are those of the author and odds are for illustrative guidance only.
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