The Masters 2019: Who’s Taking The Green Jacket Home?

A tradition unlike any other.  The Masters tournament is golf’s first major of the season and is played at arguably the greatest course in the United States.  Augusta National offers some of the greenest grass and beautiful sceneries golfer’s get to experience.  But don’t let it’s beauty fool you as it does offer some difficult holes and will eat you alive if you make even the slightest mistakes.  Augusta National awards great shots, not good.  It takes perfection to win, just look at Jordan Spieth who at one point during his 2015 win had a -20.

The Course

A par-72 course that’s over 7,500 yards is quite the challenge.  Though it’s kept at absolute top shape, this course tests your will and your guts.  Yet, you can score low on this course as two players have shot 63 (Nick Price and Greg Norman).  This course has also provided us with “the shot heard round the world” with Gene Sarazen’s double eagle on 15 in 1935.  And who could forget this Tiger classic

Masters Odds

Rory McIlroy 7-1
Dustin Johnson 10-1
Justin Rose 12-1
Tiger Woods 14-1
Jon Rahm 16-1
Justin Thomas 16-1
Jordan Spieth 16-1
Rickie Fowler 16-1
Tommy Fleetwood 20-1
Francesco Molinari 20-1
Brooks Koepka 25-1
Jason Day 25-1
Bubba Watson 25-1
Bryson DeChambeau 25-1
Paul Casey 30-1
Hideki Matsuyama 35-1
Tony Finau 35-1
Phil Mickelson 40-1
Adam Scott 40-1
Matt Kuchar 40-1
Xander Schauffele 40-1
Louis Oosthuizen 40-1
Phil Mickelson 40-1
Marc Leishman 50-1
Patrick Reed 60-1
Henrik Stenson 60-1
Sergio Garcia 60-1
Patrick Cantlay 60-1
Kevin Kisner 60-1
Gary Woodland 60-1
Ian Poulter 80-1
Brandt Snedeker 80-1
Charley Hoffman 80-1
Cameron Smith 80-1
Webb Simpson 100-1
Rafael Cabrera Bello 100-1
Keegan Bradley 100-1
Si Woo Kim 100-1
Charles Howell III 100-1

My Pick

It’s hard to go against Rory, DJ, Tiger, etc.  Yes, Rory has had a rather good start to the year he hasn’t been the same golfer at Augusta since his debacle in 2011.  DJ really hasn’t threatened a Masters win though his best finish was T-4 in 2016, this course doesn’t really suit his game.  Tiger has dominated Augusta and always plays well but he hasn’t been the same golfer since his off course issues.  Sadly, he just doesn’t have the mindset to win a major.

But this year, my pick will be….Rickie Fowler.  After finishing one shot behind Reed last year for the win, he’s destined for the coveted green jacket.  At 16-1 odds, he’s a good pick for making money too.

– Brian Berard (@RockyBerard)

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