The Masters 2019 Tournament Top 7 Picks
Date Posted: April 10, 2019
The top male golfers in the world will battle it out at the 2019 Masters Tournament from April 11 to 14, 2019 at Augusta National Golf Course. Golf fans and sports bettors alike are excited for this major event as the field will be stepped on by accomplished contenders and former champions.
@BobbyWilson, for one, already took to Twitter his excitement, mentioning his top three picks:
OK….. I’m interested in who y’all think will walk away this Sunday wearing that very prized & prestigious Green Jacket?!! My top three: Justin Thomas, John Rahm, & Tiger Woods. Who is your top 3?! #TheMasters pic.twitter.com/Bu6q6H68mb
— Bobby (@BobbyWilson1004) April 8, 2019
Not only do the golfers participating in the tourney aim for the sought-after green jacket and Masters trophy, but they also aspire to take home the largest portion of the prize pool which is said to be more than what the purse was in 2018.
Last year’s tournament had a purse worth $11 million. $1.98 million of which went to Patrick Reed, the champion to beat this year. Reed, however, is nowhere near the toppers on the list of players predicted to win the 2019 Masters.
MyBookie already set the odds straight, and the top 10 players emerging from the list are as follows:
#7 Justin Thomas | +2500
This American golfer had been World Number One from May 2018 to June 2018, making him the 21st player to lead the Official World Golf Ranking. But it was in 2017 when he noticeably broke out from the lower ranks as he won four PGA Tour events, among which was the 2017 PGA Championship.
Golf fan Daniel Rapaport believes Thomas will win this year, posting a photo of why the golfer is his pick:
I'm picking Justin Thomas to win the Masters.
— Daniel Rapaport (@Daniel_Rapaport) April 9, 2019
#6 Jon Rahm | +2500
He’s never topped the world’s ranking for golfers, but Rahm in January 2018 stood No. 2 after his CareerBuilder Challenge major win. He also holds a 60-week record of being number one in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in 2015. This made him qualify for the following year’s US Open and Open Championship.
In 2017, he won the Farmers Insurance Open with a three-stroke margin of victory against runners-up Charles Howell III and Pan Cheng-Tsung.
#5 Jordan Spieth | +2200
American golfer Spieth became World Number One four times, cumulatively for 26 weeks. The first time he topped the ranking was in 2015. In this year, he won the US Open and the Valspar Championship where he beating Patrick Reed. And during the 2015 PGA Championship, he finished right behind the Champion Jason Day. But this made his record still capable of earning him his No. 1 status for the first time.
In 2017, Spieth won his third major title, the Open Championship of that year. His 2018, on the other hand, was a season without a major win for him.
Kirk Bohls, a sports columnist shared his thoughts on Twitter. The post read:
Jordan Spieth said expectations are high for him, and he feels good about his game. At least here. And why not. He's finished first, second twice, third and tied for 11th at the Masters.
— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) April 9, 2019
#4 Tiger Woods | +2000
It’s undeniable that Tiger Woods is the most popular golfer in the world today. The American player holds the record of being the longest-running World Number One, with a total of 281 weeks in that position — spanning from June 2005 to October 2010. Since he became No. 1 for many times in his entire career, he has already had a total of 683 weeks topping the world ranking, the most number of weeks at rank 1 held so far by any golfer.
Woods’ major wins include four titles from the Masters Tournament, three in US Open, three from The Open Championship, and four from the PGA Championship. His last major win, however, was in the far 2008 US Open.
With Tiger Woods’ stunning record, some bettors are so much confident about betting big on the golfer. According to a tweet by Mitch Moss, a William Hill punter placed already a five-digit wager on Woods. The tweet read:
— Mitch Moss (@MitchMossRadio) April 9, 2019
#3 Justin Rose | +1800
Rose is presently the World Number One. Cumulatively, he’s already had 13 weeks as a topper in the Official World Golf Ranking.
In 2013, he got his first-ever major championship, the US Open, since he started playing professional in 1998. He also joined the Rio Olympics in 2016 and won gold at the individual tournament, men’s division.
The English golfer is one of the only five Hall of Famers who won championships in all the six continents where golf is played. Among his other wins were 10 titles in the PGA Tour and 12 in the European Tour.
A certain Patrick Mayo, meanwhile posted on social media some good points about Justin Rose. The post read:
• Has not missed a cut in 13 appearances at Augusta National with scoring average of 71.73 in 52 rounds
• Five top-10s at the Masters, including three in his last four starts (T2/2015, T10/2016, 2nd/2017, T12/2018) pic.twitter.com/zIu9bzlu8O
— Patrick Mayo (@ThePME) April 9, 2019
#2 Dustin Johnson | +1600
This American golfer has been the 5th longest run as World Number One after having reigned at the position for 64 consecutive weeks since February 2017 to March 2018. In total, he’s already been ranked number one for 86 weeks, the last being in October 2018.
Beginning his professional career in 2007, Johnson has already won one US Open title, 20 PGA Tour championships, and seven European Tour wins. His latest wins include those in the 2019 Saudi International, 2019 WGC-Mexico Championships, and World Golf Championship 2019.
#1 Rory McIlroy | +1200
Irish player McIlroy plays both in the European Tour and PGA Tour. He has already had four major championships: 2011 US Open in which he had a-16 tourney record score, 2012 PGA Championship in which he had an impressive 8-stroke margin of victory record, 2014 Open Championship, and 2014 PGA Championship.
Like Woods, Spieth, and Jack Nicklaus, Rory McIlroy is one of the only four golfers to hold three major titles by 25 years old. But his prowess was witnessed by the world way earlier in his career. When he was just 17, he topped the World Amateur Golf Ranking for one week. He also became the youngest player to ever reach the €10 million and $10 million mark in career earnings for the European Tour (2011) and the PGA Tour (2012), respectively.
Overall, he has already taken home 15 titles from the PGA Tour and 13 from the European Tour. PGA Tour seems so impressed that it posted on its official Twitter account some of Rory’s achievements. The tweet read:
5️⃣ top-10s in last 5️⃣ starts at the Masters.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 8, 2019
The other players joining the odds ranking include Rickie Fowler (+2800), Bryson Dechambeau (+3300), and Brooks Koepka (+3300), among others. Since the tournament is yet to kick off tomorrow, the betting lines on who will be the champion in the Masters 2019 is still open.