The best golfers in the world will once again converge in Augusta for the 2018 Masters this April. It’s going to be one hell of an event, but only one will be left standing at the end of it all. Let’s take a look at some of favorites, sleepers, and a long shot for this prestigious golfing tournament.
2018 PGA Masters Golf Championship Preview
Where: Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia
When: April 5-8, 2018
Lines: view all 2018 Masters lines
TV Broadcast: CBS/ESPN
Tiger Woods (+750)
At this point, everyone is in agreement that Tigers Woods is no longer THAT Tiger Woods – the one that used to eat golf titles for breakfast. That said, Woods is installed as among the top favorites to win The Masters this year with odds of +750 to do just that. And how can he not be? Woods seems to be finding his form of late, as the 42-year-old golfer has finished inside the top five in each of his past two tournaments. He had a T5 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Mar. 18 and prior to that, finished tied for second in the Valspar Championship on Mar. 11. It should also be noted that Woods has only been cut once in 20 appearances at The Masters. He was a T17 in the 2015 edition of The Masters. By the way, he has also won The Masters five times before.
Rory McIlroy (+800)
Rory McIlroy is aching to win The Masters. It is the only major tournament he has yet to win. The closes he got to wearing the Green Jacket was in 2015, when he finished fourth. Despite his repeated failures to win the event, he is an undeniably strong performer at The Masters, as evidenced by his five top 25 finishes out of six starts in this tournament. In addition, he had finished inside the top 10 in each of his last four Masters starts, including a T7 last year. As for this season, McIlroy is just several days removed from his first PGA win of the season, when he topped the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill on Mar. 18.
Dustin Johnson (+900)
Dustin Johnson struggled mightily in last week’s World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play, where he ended with a T59, but any great player can have a bad outing, and that could be chucked up as one for Johnson in that event. Don’t let that one misstep let you forget the fact that Johnson is the No. 1 player in the world today. Also remember that Johnson leads the PGA Tour in par-5 scoring average. Moreover, Johnson has already secured a win in this tour with a January victory at Kapalua during the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Thus far this season, Johnson has four top 10’s and two top 2’s in six starts.
Alexander Noren (+3,300)
Noren is heading into just his second Masters start of his career, which makes him an unknown player of sorts to casual golf fans and bettors. That’s perfect for those looking for a value bet. A $100 bet on Noren would deliver $3,300 dollars a bettor’s doorstep. While Noren missed the cut at the Masters in his debut last year, he has been flashing some good signs of late having finished inside the top 15 in three of his last four starts. On the season, Noren has three top 10’s in eight starts.
Matt Kuchar (+5,000)
Unlike Noren, Kuchar has been around the game for a long time. The 39-year-old Florida native has made 11 Master starts and was cut just once. His highest finish in the event was a T3 in 2012, but that was not the only top 5 finish he had in the tournament. He had a T5 in 2014 and just last year, ended his Masters campaign with a T4. He also owns four top 8 Masters finishes. Kuchar, who is still seeking his first major title, is coming off a T8 campaign in the Houston Open.
Angel Cabrera ( +20,000)
Angel Cabrera has played in just three events so far this PGA season, but as a former Masters champion, it would not be a bad idea to pin some money on his chances to top the field. Again, he is a long shot, but a long shot that has six top 10 finishes at the Masters. Cabrera was cut last year from the Masters but was a T24 and T22 in 2016 and 2016, respectively.
Tiger Woods parties like its 2005, as he wins his fifth Masters title and 15th overall major championship victory.
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