Who's set to master Augusta in 2018?December 19, 2017 Team
The first major of the year will be here before we know it but who might be wearing the Green Jacket at Augusta come April?
April 5th sees the commencement of the first major golf tournament of the year and there will undoubtedly be a number of key players aiming to get their hands on the illustrious green jacket. Last year’s tournament was won in both dramatic and emotional fashion by Spaniard Sergio Garcia on what would have been the 60th birthday of his idol, friend and much loved golfing compatriot Seve Ballesteros.
Whilst there’s a good chance we won’t see a repeat of the outpouring of relief and emotion from the 2018 winner, next year’s Masters looks set to be one of the most competitive and intriguing majors in recent times and below is a selection of contenders who may take home one of the most coveted prizes in golf.
It seems foolish to ever discount the big American with the form that he’s currently in. Johnson sits atop of the golf rankings for a good reason and the world number one is currently the 8/1 favourite with most sports betting markets take home the green jacket at Augusta in April. With one of the biggest drives in the game at the moment as well as a short game which most golfers can only dream out, Johnson is the complete package and will surely go close to bettering his best performance in the tournament which came back in 2016 when he tied fourth with Paul Casey and fellow American J.B Holmes.
A lot has happened since Rory McIlroy’s collapse allowed Schwartzel (among others) to sneak to the top of the leaderboard unnoticed and land his maiden major in Augusta back in 2011. For a little bit of perspective, Hideki Matsuyama was the only amateur to make the cut that weekend – fast forward 7 or so years and he’s one of the biggest names on tour. The bottom line is that Schwartzel has been there and done it before on a course that he is quite obviously confident with. Whether or not he will land his second green jacket is anyone’s guess but a sneaky each way bet on the South African could certainly interest a few people.
It would easy to sit here and write about the biggest names in golf such as Speith, Day and Fowler but at the same time, most punters are in the market for a bit of value. After Woods impressive showing and tied 9th placed finish at the Hero World Challenge last week, this may be the last opportunity to get a decent price on the 14-time major winner before he truly regains his mojo. Tiger’s swing looked back to its best on the Albany course and with the American reportedly pain-free, don’t be surprised to see Woods sitting atop of many of the sport’s major leaderboards in 2018. PS, he’s also donned the green jacket four times – you have been warned.
Much of a Muchness
Golf is currently a very difficult game to predict. Apart from a handful of players who are clearly ahead of the rest of their game, the next section of contenders contains a number of golfers who are all very similar when it comes to their ability. This means that if the big boys are off their game, predicting a winner, especially with regards to a major tournament can become an extremely difficult task. The best way to counteract this involves watching a good amount of golf, getting a feel for a few players that you like the look of and then going with your gut. Watch out for Tiger though. We’re warning you.