Who Will Win The 2024 Masters
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Who Will Win The 2024 Masters?

Thursday April 11 sees the start of what will be the 88th Masters at the hallowed course at Augusta. 87 golfers, present by invitation only, will be competing for the first prize of a staggering $3.24 million. Even the 26th ranked player will get to take home $144,000. Not a bad pay day for four days’ work.

The Masters is a tournament that is rich in history and tradition – as exemplified by the awarding of the coveted green jacket which the winner is entitled to keep for a year before returning it in time for the next season’s tournament.

There have been many greats who have excelled at The Masters – but perhaps none quite as great as Jack Nicklaus who won no less than six times over a 23 year period spanning from 1963 to 1986. The greatest player of modern times, Tiger Woods, has five titles to his name, the most recent being his incredible 2019 victory, fully 14 years since he had once won the title.

It’s also a tournament that has seen its fair share of upsets and surprises over the years with unexpected winners and champions who seemed to have lost their way entirely.

While these may make for a dramatic tournament it’s somehow at odds with the august nature of the appropriately-named Augusta course. So hopes are high that, rather than a rank outsider winning this year, one of the following players will be the person to don that famous green jacket and bank that very sizeable check for first place.

Jordan Spieth

Jordan Spieth will be in the starting 87 courtesy of his win at The Masters in 2015, the first of the three major titles of his career.

Despite the reasonably lean time of it over the last couple of years, his stock seems remarkably good, especially when it comes to the Masters odds for this year. At +1800 about three weeks before the tournament is due to start these might not seem great value, but it definitely places him in the top four.

And, considering it was only nine years ago that he won, there have been far wider time gaps between victories as Tiger Woods will happily tell you.

Jon Rahm

Nothing has dominated the golf news headlines more over the last couple of years as much as the LIV tour. Initially threatening to split the golf world apart, it now seems like an agreement has been reached with the PGA.

At the start of this year the defection of Rahm to LIV overshadowed his achievements, including his decisive Masters victory last year.

Making it two in a row is an unusual feat. But there seems to be very chance that it’s one easily within his reach if he plays to the very best of his considerable abilities in April.

Rory McIlroy

Every player who has ever wielded a club in competition has wanted to win The Masters. It’s the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup of the sport. Although Irishman McIlroy won’t be as immersed in US sporting lore, winning here is something that would mean the world to him.

Already his trophy cabinet has prizes from the US Open, The Open Championship and the PGA Championship so he’s definitely a player who knows how to go all the way.

Yes, these victories may all have come almost a decade ago but the form he’s been showing recently suggests he’s well back into the winning groove.

In 2023 he was the US Open runner up and already this year he has been amongst the prize money at the Dubai Open with only Tommy Fleetwood, a +5000 prospect for the Masters this year managing to edge ahead of him.

Scottie Scheffler

But leaving all of the rest behind him in the betting is Scottie Scheffler. They say that 27 is the age when many sports people are at their prime, and this certainly seems to be true of Scheffler.

His previous Masters win came in 2022 but last year he finished a rather disappointing 10= place. Fortuitously for this year he seems to be hitting his very best form once again.

Early in March he was victorious at 15 under par in the Arnold Palmer Memorial, the lowest score since Rory McIlroy won back in 2018. On a roll, the very next week he won The Players Championship, the only golfer to ever win this two years in a row. Especially impressive was his eight under par final round to hit a 64 and overturn a five shot deficit.

Now the talk is of him becoming the shortest-odds favorite since Tiger Woods was at +350 to win the 2013 tournament.

So one thing’s for sure. This year’s Masters is going to be another display of golfing excellence from the best of the best – and we simply can’t wait to witness it.

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