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1. RORY MCILROY: ODDS – (13/1)
Rory seems too darn hungry. Losing to Jason at the Dell Match Play was a dose of salt to a wound that has been getting deeper as the season wears on. His preparation has been serious – he skipped the pre-tourney par three because he thought it would affect his preparation. He even posted a timely PR video showing everyone how brutally intense his training has been.
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2. HENRIK STENSON: ODDS – 25/1
Henrik Stenson has made 33 straight cuts on Tour and has been in stellar form recently. He just came in second at the Shell Houston Open and is one of the best ball strikers in the game. As long as his putter works, there isn’t much that can stop him.
Stenson is a top competitor who has not yet won a major, he is the ticket everyone wants in our office sweepstake. He’s 5th in “total driving” on TOUR – an important trait at Augusta – not to mention his preparation has been methodical. He even passed on the WGC-Dell Match play to keep his calendar clear. It was a toss up between the swede and Louis Oosthuizen for our middle-man sport; the swede is looking so comfortable at the moment.
3. Zach Johnson: ODDS – 55/1
Reports are suggesting that the greens are super fast this year, which has me looking to the more experienced guys. Many of these “young bloods” haven’t played Augusta when the putting surfaces have been proper lightening. The harder fairways will help players like Zach who don’t have the distance to chew up fairways.
Firmer greens will increase the risk of going for par fives in two, this will suit Zach perfectly. Remember the year he hit wedges into every long hole to birdie 11/16 par fives? His putting game can be metronomic when it’s on, and whilst he hasn’t won since the Open Championship last year, he’s posted six top 15 finishes in his last 11 starts. This type of modest form is what you want going into the Masters, the spotlight is off Zach this year. He is yet to get off the mark with his $5,000-a-set club sponsor PXG – probably godly revenge for changing brands immediately after winning a major. Maybe go each way on him for a top five finish.
4. Rafael Cabrera Bello: odds – 80/1
This is a hot ticket! The lad in our office with Bello is feeling very confident. He arrived in America a month ago and has finished T11, 3rd and most recently 4th at the Shell Houston Open. He’s 33rd in the world and playing in his first Masters, that’s the only reason his odds are so modest. He can putt too. 7/1 on a top 10 finish wouldn’t be an outrageous flutter
5. ANGEL CABRERA: ODDS – 165/1
Angel Cabrera is one of three PGA golfers who have won both the Masters and the U.S. Open. The other two golfers are Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth. To be grouped with those two is a huge deal and can’t be counted out when determining your roster.
The better you know the course the better you’re going to play. Winning at a place like Augusta is something you don’t forget, and if you’ve done it before then there’s a greater chance of you doing it again. This Follows the theory that faster greens will benefit the more experienced guys. This will be his 16th consecutive Masters and with six top 10 finishes he’s our rank outsider for this year’s Masters.
6. Smylie Kaufman: ODDS – 250/1
Here’s what the 24-year-old American has going for him: he’s young, he hits it a mile and he’s capable of going on hot streaks with the putter. He shot 61 on the final day of the Shriners Hospital For Children Open to win from 6 shots behind in just his second PGA TOUR event. Smylie is the embodiment of the fearless attitude we’ve come to expect from millennial golfers. CLICKON hung out with Smylie and we can tell you he didn’t miss a shot when we followed him around. His preparation has been impeccable!
“A TRADITION UNLIKE ANY OTHER”
This year may be the hardest Masters to win, with incredible competition, everyone will be looking to snag the title. There are golfers that have better odds and more experience. There are dark horses and sleepers that could upset the entire field. Rickie Fowler, Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, Justin Rose, and Martin Kaymer are all possible players who could win the 2016 Masters. It’s fierce out there but only one can reign supreme.