It is the first golf Major of the new season, which means it is the week of The Masters. The most famous, prestigious and perhaps difficult to win of all four Major tournaments. Held every year at Augusta in the spring (pandemic permitting) this is one of the toughest tests of the year for any top level golfer.
Dustin Johnson comes into the event as the defending champion after winning the tournament back in November last year after being postponed from April. That event was played in wet and somewhat more favorable conditions for the golfers with the greens being wetter and more receptive.
However, the return to its traditional April slot in the golfing calendar means that this time around the challenge will be more familiar, with drier greens and fairways and the glass-fast greens with their undulations providing golfers with a stern test.
In this article, we are going to preview this year’s tournament before giving you our selections for players that we’d consider to be in with a great chance of winning the event.
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The Masters & Augusta – Golf’s Greatest Traditions
The Masters may not be the oldest Major tournament on the schedule, that honor falls to the British Open which predates it by many years, but there is no doubt that The Masters does have some of the greatest traditions in golf.
From the Champions Dinner, where only current and past Champions are allowed to attend and where the winner of the previous year’s event gets to select the menu, through to the par-3 tournament on the eve of the tournament, the winner of which has never gone on to win the Masters itself.
Unfortunately, there will be no par-3 tournament held once again this year due to the pandemic, but the good news is that a small number of spectators will be allowed onto the course and that the full tournament will proceed as planned.
The Famous Augusta National Course
If there is one thing that is synonymous with The Masters, it is Augusta National. The famous course was built on the site of a former plant nursery and the 18-holes are a reminder of that legacy as they are named after plants and shrubs that were grown on the site.
Arguably one of the most famous parts of the course, and of any course in the world, is Amen Corner. The 11th, 12th and 13th holes at Augusta. This trio of holes, the treacherous par 4 White Dogwood, the short but terrifying par 3 Golden Bell and lastly the par 5 13th Azalea which offers golfers a risk and reward scenario if they are prepared to take on the water with their second shot.
The closing stretch of holes, starting at the par 3 16th, has also been one of the most exciting parts of the course and it has been the point at which many a Masters title has been decided over the years.
Who Should I Back To Win The Masters 2021?
There is a real cluster of players that the bookmakers feel have a very good chance of winning The Masters this year. Reigning champion Dustin Johnson is the 9/1 favourite with BetMGM Sportsbook but there are a cluster of four players at 11/1, Bryson DeChambeau, Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas.
There is another section of players at odds of 30/1 or shorter including Rory McIlroy (18/1), Patrick Cantlay (20/1), Xander Schauffele (22/1), Brooks Koepka (25/1), Collin Morikawa (28/1) and Patrick Reed and Tony Finau (both 30/1).
However, there are some excellent options for outside bets with the likes of Viktor Hovlund (33/1), the in form Lee Westwood (40/1), Scottie Scheffler (45/1) and Sergio Garcia and Tommy Fleetwood both 50/1 chances.
Picking a winner from such a high-quality field of just 88 golfers is never easy but there are some players I’d discount. I don’t think McIlroy is in the form to win this event and Koepka is coming back from injury and this is his first big test since then. I also think it is incredibly difficult for players to land back-to-back wins in The Masters.
I was tempted by Jon Rahm at 11/1, but with his wife close to giving birth, I do wonder if his mind may be elsewhere in this event and as such, I think after learning he can’t overpower Augusta National back in December, Bryson DeChambeau may be the man to beat here at 11/1.