Masters 2017 Predictions
It is never too early to talk about the Masters.
As we approach April, most people are excited for spring.
But the golf world knows what April means, the grand daddy of them all. The Masters.
Commercials have already started to pop up on ESPN and at every televised tournament, they mention how close we are to The Masters.
This year is going to be one for the books. The past couple months’ PGA Tour pros have been playing out of their mind and it is getting people more and more jacked up for Augusta.
It is almost impossible to predict who will wear the green jacket on Sunday this year. I mean come on, Danny Willett was 50/1 odds in Vegas to win last year. Granted he got a little help from Jordan Spieth’s historic collapse on the back 9.
As of February 27th, the Vegas odds for this years Masters are:
Dustin Johnson 8/1
Jordan Spieth 8/1
Rory McIlroy 9/1
Jason Day 10/1
Hideki Matsuyama 12/1
Henrik Stenson 25/1
Justin Rose 25/1
Rickie Fowler 25/1
Justin Thomas 30/1
Jon Rahm 40/1
Tiger Woods 100/1
Who Might Win The Master’s This Season?
We are still six tournaments away from hearing the roars of Augusta, so a lot can happen (Tiger Woods “back injury” for example). But with the current odds and the way people are playing here are my three locks to put money on this season, as of today. (WARNING: SPIETH IS NOT ONE)
Justin Thomas: Last season at Augusta he shot rounds of 78,76,73 and 71, finshing at +10 and T39. Now that wont make you salivate to put money on him, but he did miss three cuts leading up to The Masters last year. This year he already has three wins with six tournaments left before Augusta. He could be heading into The Masters with more wins than he had top fives all last season. At 30/1 he is an absolute bargain.
Jon Rahm: Yet to miss a cut this season, Rahm is one of my favorite golfers on tour right now. Rahm hasn’t played much on tour but when he has, he makes it count. In 19 career PGA events he has only missed the cut TWICE and has five top fives, including a win this season at the Farmers Insurance Open. He’s not the longest hitter, averaging just a hair under 300 off the tee in 2017. But, he is a sniper when it comes to greens in regulation, hitting 73.41% of greens. This is vital at Augusta, limiting bogeys, or worse, could help Rahm get a new jacket in his collection. 40/1 odds is yet another steal for a player who has been good in 2017.
Hideki Matsuyama: Not the flashiest odds at 12/1, but decent and a pretty good shot at winning the tournament. Matsuyama is a machine. He already has two wins this PGA season. Although he may be gaining fame from his shot reactions. He is known to pretty much throw a temper tantrum and proceed to hit the pin. He already has over 20 rounds below 70 this season and doesn’t plan on slowing down. The tough thing is with Matsuyama, when he’s on, he’s on. When he’s off, he’s off. Putting money on Matsuyama to win is probably the safest bet out of this group.
But safe isn’t always the way to go. If it was up to me I’d bet every cent to my name on Justin Thomas (sarcasm). But really, I think Thomas is a top dog heading into Augusta and him being 30/1 is a crime. I think the friendly competition between Rickie Fowler, Jordan Spieth, Smylie Kaufman and himself may even elevate him to the top. If he can get it done, he may be wearing a green jacket on this years spring break trip with his crew.WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?