As the spring sun begins to blossom on the sacred turf of the Augusta National, expectations for the Masters begin to build. There is no better place to t-off than the first major championship of the golf season, the Georgia-based iconic course, and every player on their way to the famous Magnolia Lane will want to wear a dignified green jacket before leaving. Augusta.
It’s easier said than done, of course. Many good players have ended their careers without entering the exclusive Champions Locker Room at the famous Augusta Club House.
Although it is the beauty of the primitive course. You never know what to expect at the beginning of Masters Week and often someone from the left of the field is depicted in a green jacket on a Sunday.
So, with just a few weeks left before the best start in the world in August, let’s take a look at some of the players who can upset the betting exchange. Read on to find out more!
Xander Schauffele – 20/1
For a player for whom a first major must be around the corner, it’s hard to imagine Xander Schauffele entering his sixth year on the PGA Tour without getting a hand in one of the four major tournaments. Not for lack of effort, the Americans boasted eight top 10 finishes – five of which came in consecutive US Open – but he simply could not cross the line.
The Olympic gold medal win in September should give Schaffel confidence to start this year, and with T2 and T3 ending in August over the past few years, the 28-year-old has already proven he can cope with the challenging course. With a general odds of around 20/1, he can bet every way to finish the best six.
Hideki Matsuyama – 25/1
Whether it’s the pressure of hosting a Champions Dinner or the hard work of trying to do what you did 12 months ago, holding the Masters is not easy. In fact, only three golfers – Tiger Woods, Jack Nicholas and Nick Faldo – have been able to add a second green jacket to their outfits this season.
However, after becoming the first Japanese citizen to win a Masters last year, Matsuyama is keen to add his name to that list of greats.
The 30-year-old, who shot 40/1 before last year’s tournament, was the lowest amateur in his first Augusta appearance in 2011 and finished in the top 10 twice before acquiring the green jacket last year. He has won two PGA Tour events since then, but injuries have recently hampered his World No. 12 game.
Will Galatoris – 33/1
You may have to land at 29M The 25-year-old American has made waves in the golf world over the past few years, despite finding the name of Will Galatoris in the world rankings. He was shocked when he finished second behind Matsuyama during his Masters debut last April and he refused to go – after finishing T8 in the PGA Championship.
Last season’s PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, Galatoris maintained that great form early this year – already in the top 15 four times and came very close to winning his first PGA title after losing a play to the Look List at the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego in January. With three top 10 finishes in his last five big outings, he could be there again in Augusta.