We’ve made it to the Masters, arguably the best golf tournament in the world and played on one of the sexiest courses at the Augusta National Golf Club. The first major of the year, there’s just something about this one that makes it a little more special than the rest. Enough talking…
Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Paul Casey, +2500 - Paul Casey enters this tournament in extremely good form, as he won the Valspar Championship and had a top-10 finish in match play. A little further back, Casey finished third in Mexico and runner-up in Pebble Beach. And while he has yet to win a major, Casey has finished no worse than 15th in each of his last four appearances at Augusta. Casey has finished 20th or better in seven of his last eight times he’s made the cut at the Masters. If Casey is going to win a major anytime soon, it’s going to be Augusta and these odds are more than respectable.
Tony Finau, +4500 - Tony Finau was awful last week at the Valero Texas Open and didn’t do much in match play either, so I guess I can understand the steep price here. However, Finau was one of the more consistent golfers these past few months before this recent slip up, and he was a beast last year in majors with top-10 finishes in three of the four events. Finau has just one career appearance in Augusta, but it was a -7 that produced a 10th place finish. Finau seems to play some of his best golf on the bigger stages, even if he has yet to close the deal on any of them just yet. These odds are hard to pass up.
Rory McIlroy, +650 - Rory McIlroy said he’s going to focus all of his time on the PGA Tour this year, and it’s helped him produce top-10 finishes in each of his last seven events, which includes a win at the Players Championship. The Masters is the only major McIlroy has yet to win, but he’s been knocking on the door year after year, which includes top-10 finishes in each of his last five tries. It’s probably only a mater of time before McIlroy gets his green jacket and with his current form being what it is, there’s probably never been a greater chance.
Jordan Spieth, +1800 - Jordan Spieth isn’t in the best of form to put it nicely, as a 30th place finish last week in Texas was his best finish in stroke play since the Dell Technologies Championship back in September. There’s a reason why four golfers have better odds to win this week. With that said, Spieth has more than proven himself in major championships and his resume speaks for itself. In five career appearances at the Masters, Spieth is averaging a finish of 3.8, with only one finish outside of the top-four. He’s one of those golfers you ignore current form and have confidence he’ll figure it out on the big stage. I’ll gladly take these odds.
Charley Hoffman, +9000 - Charley Hoffman comes into this event with confidence after finishing runner-up last week in Texas, coming up just short of his fifth career PGA victory. Hoffman doesn’t have a whole lot of major success with just two career top-10 finishes, but he always gets off to a fast start in Augusta and it’s allowed him to finish no worse than 29th in five career appearances. Hoffman has an average finish of 19.8 at Augusta, which is decent considering these monster odds we’re getting. If you’re looking for a sleeper this week, Hoffman could be your guy.