Houston (CBS Houston) – Golf’s first major of the season, The Masters, begins on Thursday and I’d like to take a look at the favorites’ chances to don the green jacket in Butler’s Cabin on Sunday.
Below is a list of the nine golfers with the best odds to win The Masters. The odds have been adjusted to reflect Dustin Johnson’s injury.
Dustin Johnson 7/1 – Despite injuring his back Wednesday night after falling on the stairs in his rented home in Augusta, the world’s number one golfer is still a tri-favorite to win. Johnson was the lead favorite prior to the incident and has been in the best form that has seen him climb to the top of the world rankings. Despite his talent, Johnson has won just one major and has had major collapses in the past. Johnson’s best finish at Augusta was last year when he finished in fourth.
Jordan Spieth 7/1 – The 23-year-old Spieth is already one of the biggest stars in golf after winning the first two majors on the 2015 calendar, and finishing in the top five in all of them. Last year at The Masters he made the turn on Sunday with a five shot lead before quadruple bogeying the par-3 12th hole. He would go on to finish tied for second and three shots behind the winner Danny Willet. Despite the back nine Sunday collapse last year, Spieth has finished at least tied for second in all three of his career appearances at The Masters.
Rory McIlroy 7/1 – McIlroy is the final three of the tri-favorites. The Masters is the only major that McIlroy has not been able to win, but does have the most major victories of the three favorites with four. McIlroy has also played Augusta better the last three years with a top 10 finish in all of them. Like Spieth, McIlroy has had an Augusta collapse as well. Rory entered the final round in 2011 with a four-stroke lead, but would shoot an 80 on his way for a 15th place finish.
Jason Day 15/1 – The former world number one didn’t get to that spot by accident, as is also evident with the fourth best odds to win The Masters. Day has one major title to his name winning the PGA in 2015, but has a ton of close calls, which can be viewed as a positive and a negative. Day has 13 top ten finishes in 24 major appearances and six top tens in the last eight majors over the last two years. Day has a tied for second and a third place finish in his history at Augusta.
Hideki Matsuyama 15/1 – Matsuyama is one of the best golfers in the world yet many don’t put him in that class. At just 23 years of age, one of the reasons he hasn’t achieved super stardom yet is because of his lack of a major. He has had decent success though with five top 10 finishes in majors in the last four years. Last year Matsuyama had a strange major season finishing in the top 10 at Augusta and at the PGA Championship, but missed the cut at the U.S. Open and the British Open.
Rickie Fowler 15/1 – One of the flashiest players on the tour because of his unique style is still looking for his first ever major. In fact, he’s one of the best golfers in the world without a major. After finishing in the top ten in every major in 2014 it seemed he was on the cusp, but since then he has zero top tens and has missed the cut in three of the eight majors.
Justin Rose 15/1 – While Rose may be past his prime, he is still capable of winning another major or two before his career comes to a close. At 36 he still has a lot of good golf ahead of him too. Rose has one major title under his belt winning the 2013 U.S. Open. Rose has been solid in the last two years four top 10 finishes, and has finished in the top 10 at Augusta in three of the last five years.
Jon Rahm 15/1 – Potentially the most entertaining player to follow this week is the 22-year-old who has been playing tremendous golf heading into the first major of the season. Born in Spain, Rahm has only played in two majors and only one as a pro. As an amateur Rahm finished tied for 23rd at the U.S. Open and was the low amateur. Rahm would turn pro after the Open and finish tied for 59th at the British Open. There’s never been a golfer win The Masters in his first appearance at Augusta, some think Rahm can be the first.
Phil Mickelson 25/1 – From one of the youngest pros in the field to one of the oldest, “Lefty” is 46-years-old and has had to deal with the story that came out recently that he once had to pay a nearly $2 million gambling debt. Regardless, Mickelson is one of the best golfers in history with five major championships to his name, including three green jackets. The Masters, and the British Open, are more than likely the best chance for Mickelson to add another major to his trophy case. Augusta National is a course that benefits the players that have played there a lot and Mickelson has played in The Masters 24 times. Mickelson has had great success at Augusta, but has missed the cut twice in the last three years.