The sphere is able to go for this week’s Augusta National’s 87th Masters Match. And we’re prepared, too, as this yr’s Masters gained’t fall in need of storylines.
It begins with the drama (or no drama?) with a number of LIV golfers returning to a PGA match. Gamers like Cameron Smith, Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, and Bubba Watson will all be a part of the sector. For now, everybody seems to be welcoming one another – simply not with open arms – however welcoming one another nonetheless to make the yr’s first main match one to recollect.
The PGA and Augusta Nationwide will instantly play into the drama when play begins as the primary spherical will combine in some main names from each side taking part in alongside one another.
The Masters teams for Spherical 1 have been launched.
Rory Mcllroy shall be taking part in with Brooks Koepka, and Tiger Woods shall be taking part in with Phil Mickelson.
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Nobody is aware of what might really transpire between each side. Each PGA and LIV golfers will get their probability to formally kick issues off collectively on Tuesday in the course of the Champions Dinner the place final yr’s winner Scottie Scheffler will play host.
“Gathering all these guys collectively in a room, I imply, it needs to be loads of enjoyable,” Scheffler said recently about both sides coming together. ”It’s a historic group of individuals, Masters champions, and I’m positive that we’ll all put our private opinions apart and simply have a very good night time and simply sort of get pleasure from what the night time actually is.”
Scheffler was final yr’s No. 1 golfer heading into the match, and he’s as soon as once more heading into this Masters Match ranked No. 1 as nicely. He’ll look to turn into solely the fourth golfer to win back-to-back titles on the Masters after Jack Nicklaus (1965-1966), Nick Faldo (1989-1990), and Tiger Woods (2001-2002) have been the one three to have achieved it beforehand at Augusta.
Nonetheless, second ranked Rory McIlroy and third ranked Jon Rahm need to be sure that Scheffler doesn’t earn a second consecutive inexperienced jacket. The three are ranked because the Prime 3 on the earth, respectively, and lots of oddsmakers have shuffled them round for odds to win at Augusta Nationwide.
Apparently, DraftKings Sportsbook has all three golfers on the prime three spots for his or her odds on favorites to win the Masters. Scheffler and McIlroy are tied with the identical line of +700 and Rahm with a +900 line adopted by Jordan Spieth (+1600) and Patrick Cantlay (+1800) to spherical off the Prime 5.
Rahm seems to be to win his first Masters Match after his greatest end at Augusta was fourth place in 2018. McIlroy then again goals for a profession grand slam with a Masters win with three majors already beneath his belt — the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 & 2014 PGA Championships, and the 2014 Open Championships.
Then, in fact, you’ve got Tiger Woods. The five-time winner at Augusta set a aim this yr to play in all PGA Tour Majors — Masters clearly included. Woods, albeit thought-about a longshot by some and maybe many, seems to be to win his sixth Masters Match which might tie him with Jack Nicklaus as the one two golfers to don the inexperienced jacket six occasions.
This yr’s Masters shall be performed April 6-9 with tee occasions made accessible nearer to Spherical 1 on Thursday.