The Masters Golf Tournament 2021 Preview

MASTERSIn 2021, the Masters will look a bit more familiar than last year’s event. The sights and sounds will once again reflect the history that we’ve witnessed since 1934 when Horton Smith won the inaugural event.

The 2020 tournament was played for the first time in November, seven months after its traditional April setting. There were also be no spectators on the grounds at Augusta National. Also, for the first two rounds, groups will teed off the 1st and 10th holes, which was necessary due to the limited daylight this time of year.

A limited number of patrons will be in attendance this year. They were missed greatly in 2020, providing a much more subdued atmosphere around Augusta.

Based on these changes, who are the favorites to win The Masters in 2021? Save Tiger Woods, nearly all of the top players will be in the field, so there are lots to choose from.

Bryson DeChambeau – PointsBet Odds +900

4 Starts | 4 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 0 Top 10s
The reigning U.S. Open champion struggled with physical issues in November at Augusta. Expect those issues to be rectified and look for a highly motivated Bryson to impose his will on the golf course. This is the tournament DeChambeau wants the most.
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Jon Rahm – PointsBet Odds +1100

4 Starts | 4 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 3 Top 10s
It seems only a matter of time before the 26 year-old Rahm will be wearing a green jacket. He finished T7 in 2020 and was in the chase all four rounds. Rahm has his first child on the way, so that could certainly complicate his playing and preparation schedule in advance of the event.
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Rory McIlroy – PointsBet Odds +1200

12 Starts | 11 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 5 Top 10s
Rory has only missed the cut once in 12 starts at the Masters, including 10 Top 25s. However, he’s yet to win a green jacket and that pressure only escalates year after year. McIlroy’s remarkable consistency has provided him plenty of chances to win and he should continue to be a force now at 31 years old.
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Justin Thomas – PointsBet Odds +1100

5 Starts | 5 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 1 Top 10s
At 27 years-old Justin Thomas has made just over $40 million on the back of 14 PGA Tour wins. His best finish at Augusta was his T12 last year. Thomas has improved his performance in each of his four appearances at the Masters and has been quite consistent, posting four Top 25 finishes, including a 4th place finish in 2020.
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Dustin Johnson – PointsBet Odds +700

10 Starts | 9 Cuts Made | 1 Wins | 5 Top 10s
Dustin Johnson’s triumph last November was a monumental achievement, even for a guy who is a shoe-in for the hall of fame. Johnson dominated the field and played the golf course with calm, power and precision. Considering his victory was just five months ago, it’s hard to bet against the defending champion and the #1 player in the world
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Patrick Reed – PointsBet Odds +2500

7 Starts | 5 Cuts Made | 1 Wins | 2 Top 10s
In 2018, Patrick Reed defeated Rickie Fowler by one stroke to win the Masters. Last season, Reed was once again in the mix on Sunday at Augusta. Reed’s elite short game and proven ability to perform under pressure makes him a contender every time he steps foot on the grounds.

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Phil Mickelson – PointsBet Odds +8000

28 Starts | 25 Cuts Made | 3 Wins
Phil finished T55 in November and he hasn’t enjoyed much success recently on the PGA Tour. However, Phil has been a force on the Champions Tour and his status as an all-time great means he should still be given consideration to win another green jacket.
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Brooks Koepka – PointsBet Odds +1200

5 Starts | 5 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 2 Top 10s
Brooks Koepka underwent knee surgery on Tuesday, March 16, in California. It seems a stretch for him to recover enough in that amount of time to even walk the dramatic slopes at Augusta, let alone compete at his full potential in the event.
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Xander Schauffele – PointsBet Odds +1800

3 Starts | 3 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 1 Top 10s
Schauffele is the same age (27) as Justin Thomas and finished T2 at the Masters in 2019. Last year he was T17, but with four career PGA Tour wins and top ten finishes at all four majors in the past two years, there’s a good chance Xander Schauffele will be a major champion in the near future.
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Tony Finau – PointsBet Odds +2800

3 Starts | 3 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 2 Top 10s
Although he’s played just 12 rounds at Augusta, the 31 year-old has posted a T10 and T5 the Masters. Despite a dissapointing T38 last year, Finau has the power and the pedigree to have a shot at the green jacket.
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Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler – PointsBet Odds +8000

10 Starts | 9 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 3 Top 10s
Like Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler has made over $40 million during his professional career. Unlike Thomas, Fowler has yet to win a major championship. Fowler has the distance off the tee and the putting stroke to perform well at Augusta, where he has made the cut 9 times in 10 appearances. Fowler finished second in 2018, T9 last year in 2019 and T29 last year at The Masters.[optin-monster slug=”dkhmrovvgj3plmvpnkeo”]

Justin Rose – PointsBet Odds +5000

15 Starts | 14 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 5 Top 10s
At 40 years-old, the clock is ticking for Justin Rose, who has made the cut in his first his first 13 Masters appearances, before missing in 2019. Rose is a perennial contender for the green jacket with five 5 top 10s and 12 finishes among the top 25. He finished second in 2015 and 2017.
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Jordan Spieth – PointsBet Odds +1400

7 Starts | 7 Cuts Made | 1 Wins | 4 Top 10s
Still just 27 years-old, Jordan Spieth has won 11 times on the PGA Tour as well as three of the four major championships, including the 2015 Masters. In addition to his victory, Spieth has finished second twice and third once at Augusta. He’s finished in the top 25 in all six of his starts, making him an automatic contender as soon as he steps foot on the grounds. Spieth’s return to form has been one of the feel good stories of the 2020-21 season.
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Jason Day – PointsBet Odds +4000

10 Starts | 8 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 4 Top 10s
Although he’s yet to win the green jacket, Jason has three top 5 finishes and 7 top 25s in his 10 career starts. However, much depends on the health of Jason Day’s back and neck. Day has posted some solid tournaments recently and certainly has the distance and short game to make the Masters his second career major championship.
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Bubba Watson – PointsBet Odds +4000

12 Starts | 11 Cuts Made | 2 Wins | 3 Top 10s
The 2012 and 2014 Masters champion, Bubba Watson has played in the event 12 times and only missed the cut once (2017). With a T5 finish in 2018 and a T12 in 2019, the 42 year-old from Bagdad, Florida definitely knows how to go low at Augusta.
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Collin Morikawa – PointsBet Odds +2500

1 Starts | 1 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 0 Top 10s
The 24 year-old 2020 PGA Champion, Collin Morikawa. The 23 year-old is currently ranked 4th in the official world golf rankings. Morikowa played in his first Masters tournament in November and will lean on his elite iron play if he makes a run on Sunday.
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Cameron Smith – PointsBet Odds +4000

4 Starts | 4 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 2 Top 10s
After finishing second last year, the 27 year-old from Brisbane, Australia is poised to complete the task and win his first green jacket. Cameron Smith is currently ranked 27th in the world and has actually been a pro since 2013, so the pressure of major championship golf is something he has become accustomed to. Smith also finished T5 in 2018.
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Sung-jae Im – PointsBet Odds +4000

1 Starts | 1 Cuts Made | 0 Wins | 1 Top 10s
Im also finished T2 last year in his first Masters and showed remarkable poise for a 22 year-old. Currently ranked 17th in the World Golf Rankings, Im has all the tools to win the big events. He currently ranks 6th on the PGA Tour for shots gained off the tee and 7th for driving accuracy.
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Walter Lis is the managing editor of Chicago Golf Report, which launched in 2010.

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