The Masters 2017: Players and Storylines to Watch
The Masters 2017 will take place from Thursday April 6th to Sunday April 9th at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
Dustin Johnson comes in as the overwhelming favorite to win his first Masters crown. A win would make Johnson the first golfer other than Tiger Woods since 1953 to win four straight on the PGA Tour. The world number one has played well at Augusta as of late with top 10 finishes the last two years. A win this weekend would give DJ his second major and catapult him into rarified air in the golfing world.
Jordan Spieth comes to Augusta looking for redemption after his brutal collapse on number 12 in the final round last year. Spieth will be looking to get back to the top of the golf world after coming away winless in majors in 2016. A win would be his second Masters title and third major overall. One thing is for sure, everyone will be watching closely when he comes to the 12th for the first time.
Rory McIlroy was once the most popular young golfer on tour who seemed poised to become the next great one. While he has still had remarkable success throughout his career, he comes into this year flying under the radar without many expectations. A win at Augusta this year would be his first Masters and fifth major title overall. He would join Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan, Gary Player and Gene Sarazen as the only golfers to win all four major championship events.
Jason Day will come into this year’s event with a heavy heart as his mother is battling lung cancer. He recently had to withdraw from the WGC-Dell Match Play but seems to feeling better about his ability to focus and compete at a high level. Golf fans everywhere know that when at his best, Day is one of the most formidable forces on tour. It will be interesting to see if the emotion will be a burden or extra motivation to earn his first Masters and second major overall.
Tiger Woods will miss his third Masters in the last four years with continuing injury issues. Many thought the all-time great was ready to finally make a comeback to competitive golf but it appears we may have seen the last of the four-time Masters champ. With the pipedream of a Tiger return appearing dead, this Masters is another opportunity for players like Johnson, Spieth, McIlroy, Day and others to make history of their own.
Below are the top 10 favorites based on the odds to win The Masters 2017, according to Bovada:
- Dustin Johnson +600
- Rory McIlroy +750
- Jordan Spieth +800
- Hideki Matsuyama +1800
- Rickie Fowler +1800
- Jason Day +2000
- Jon Rahm +2200
- Justin Rose +2500
- Phil Mickelson +2500
- Henrik Stenson +3000
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