This will be the 79th time that the world’s greatest golfers have to come together to contest The Masters. Played annually at Augusta, Georgia, The Masters is the first major tournament of the year and the only one that is always played on the same course.
2015 could be a stellar year for the event, with many players coming in to the tournament, not only in great form but also with the style of play, conducive to winning the tournament.
The defending champion, Bubba Watson, would become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002, to retain The Masters title, if the American were to win this year. Recent history suggests that this will not happen but Watson’s game in 2015 is showing the kind of form required to walk away wearing the green jacket.
A T2 finish at the Phoenix Open, plus a 3rd place at the recent WGC Cadillac Championship, shows Watson, who is 11/1 with Bet365, is in good form and a will be a huge threat to the other contenders. One of which, is Rory McIlroy.
The current world number one, McIlroy needs to win The Masters to complete a grand slam of golf majors and 2015 could be the year he does it. There can be no question that McIlroy has the game to succeed at Augusta and the Northern Irishman has won the last two major tournaments. Boasting great statistics for the vital areas of play at Augusta, including driving accuracy, greens in regulation and strokes gained putting, McIlroy also has the experience of six years play at The Masters to call upon. McIlroy, who is 6/1 with Betfred, has what it takes to become the first European to win The Masters since Jose Maria Olazabel in 1999 but there are other, young and hungry golfers looking to challenge.
Both Jason Day and Jordan Spieth have the game to be victorious at the 2015 Masters. Australian, Day, who is 16/1 with Ladbrokes, won the Farmers Insurance Open in February and has previously finished T2 and 3rd at The Masters over the past four years, which is an indication that he knows his way around the Augusta course. During the course of 2015, young American, Spieth, has won one tournament, had two 2nd place finishes, including the recent Houston open and also five top-10 finishes. Spieth, who is 11/1 with Betfred, is in great form and could go one better than the T2 achieved at The Masters in 2014.
Looking at potential outsiders and Lee Westwood is a name that many people would disregard when it comes to a major like the The Masters. However, Westwood has shown great consistency at Augusta over the last few years, with a 2nd, T3, 7th and T8 finish in four of the last five years. A T12 at the recent WGC Cadillac Championship and great experience of winning when under pressure at the Ryder Cup, makes Westwood a tempting bet at 50/1 with Boylesports.
Jason Day 16/1 (Ladbrokes)
Jordan Spieth 11/1 (Betfred)
Outsider: Lee Westwood 50/1 (Boylesports)