We’ve made it to what many consider the Super Bowl of golf, as The Masters will tee off this week. Before we get to some of the golfers you should include on your card this week, we’re going to give out the top-10 players heading into the Augusta National Golf Club.
Here are your power rankings for the 2019 Masters Tournament.
1. Rory McIlroy - Rory McIlroy hasn’t finished outside of the top-10 since Dubai and has finished in the top-10 in each of his last five appearances at the Masters. With this being the only major McIlroy hasn’t won yet, motivation is on his side on top of brilliant form.
2. Dustin Johnson - Dustin Johnson has averaged a finish of 6.6 in his last three appearances at Augusta and has top-10 finishes in eight of his last 14 major appearances overall. Johnson also hasn’t missed a cut since The Open last year and seems to be in the running for a victory every week regardless of tournament.
3. Justin Rose - You could make an argument that nobody is playing better golf right now than Justin Rose with top-10 finishes in 10 of his last 13 events, which includes two victories as well. Rose has finished runner-up at the Masters in two of the last four years.
4. Jon Rahm - Jon Rahm hasn’t missed a cut since the Northern Trust back in August and consistently puts himself in the thick of the leaderboard. Rahm has limited major experience compared to other top players, but he finished fourth on this course last year and seems to have the right mental approach needed to close the deal.
5. Paul Casey - Paul Casey is in terrific form with a win at the Valspar Championship, a top-three performance in Mexico and a runner-up showing at Pebble Beach. Casey is averaging a finish of 7.75 in his last four appearances at Augusta. Casey has a good shot to win his first career major.
6. Tony Finau - Tony Finau has been the trendy pick to win a major with bettors the last year or so, and he finished in the top-10 in three of the four tournaments last year. Finau hasn’t played great in his last few events, but there’s enough here overall to be quite high on the youngster.
7. Brooks Koepka - Brooks Koepka hasn’t looked great since the Honda Classic, but he’s still a top-five player in the world and has won three of his last six major appearances. I want guys I can trust on the big stage when the pressure gets tight, and Koepka has proven he’s built for the moment.
8. Jordan Spieth - Yes, Jordan Spieth hasn’t played well as of late and that frustration could eventually boil over. Still, it’s hard to find somebody who has been as consistent during majors than Spieth. He’s finished no worse than 11th in five career appearances at the Masters. There’s just guys you trust when the lights shine bright. Don’t sleep on Spieth.
9. Jason Day - Jason Day says his back is feeling good heading into the week and when healthy, he has everything going for him to win a green jacket. Day has top-25 finishes in six of his seven appearances at the Masters. As long as health holds up, Day is a strong candidate to be in the thick of things on Sunday.
10. Tiger Woods - I’m not betting on Tiger Woods due to the public drowning the odds to the point there’s no value. However, Woods is playing his best golf in years and is a four-time winner in Augusta. That experience along with his confidence and competitive nature makes Woods somebody you can’t count out.