The 85th edition of the Masters Tournament gets underway in less than a week, signifying the unofficial start of the golf season in most parts of the country.
The field teeing it up this year at iconic Augusta National Golf Club is loaded with every big name in the world, including all of the top-50 ranked golfers in the world (who aren’t injured).
With so many superstars, there is no clear favorite. Although, Dustin Johnson, the defending champion, has been made a slight solid favorite at 7-1 and leads what looks like a top-tier of picks.
Behind DJ, at 10-1, was newly-minted PLAYERS winner Justin Thomas along with long-bomber Bryson DeChambeau. Also in this top bracket was world No. 3 Jon Rahm, who was 11-1.
Filling out the top favorites at 14-1 was Rory McIlroy, who’ll try for the seventh time to complete the career grand slam, and a resurgent Jordan Spieth – the 2015 Masters winner.
What follows is a second group of 11 players – let’s call tier-two, who are anywhere from 20-1 to 33-1. This includes Xander Schauffele (20-1), Brooks Koepka (20-1), Patrick Cantlay (22-1), Tony Finau (22-1), Lee Westwood (25-1), and Collin Morikawa (28-1).
Former Masters winner Patrick Reed was 30-1, while Viktor Hovland, Hideki Matsuyama, Webb Simpson, and Daniel Berger were all listed at 33-1.
World No. 17 Billy Horschel is the highest ranked player with the longest odds. The recent winner of the WGC-Dell Match Play is offered at 100-1. No other player in the top 20 pays off more than 50-1.
The 2021 Masters Skinny
The Masters Tournament
Dates: April 8-11, 2021
Where: Augusta, Ga.
Course: Augusta National
Distance: Par 72, 7,435 yards
Architect: Alister McKenzie, Bobby Jones
Format: 72-holes, stroke play
Winning Share: $2,070,000
Defending Champion: Dustin Johnson