Masters 2019 Preview: Tiger Woods Among Top Contenders
The first major of the year commences in just a few days as the 2019 Masters Tournament takes place at the Augusta National Golf Club from April 11-14. As die-hard golf fans brace themselves for one of the most-awaited tournaments in sports, Nitrogen Sports Blog takes a look at some of the big contenders who could win the green jacket this year.
Regarded as one of the most physically gifted players in the sport, Johnson is among the favorites to win this year’s Masters. He’s in good form after winning his sixth WGC title by topping the field at the WGC-Mexico Championship. He’s currently second in the PGA rankings.
He still only holds one major win (the 2016 U.S. Open), and so, he will be hungry to add a second major to his collection this month.
McIlroy is the leading favorite to win at the Masters 2019. He’s currently third in the PGA rankings and emerged victorious in the 2019 Players Championship last month. The 29-year-old Northern Irishman has also finished in the top 10 of every Masters since 2014 and winning the event for the first time would complete a career grand slam for the four-time majors champion.
Woods might not have won a major since 2008, but he is a four-time winner of the Masters as well as a serious contender this year.
No longer in comeback mode after winning the season-ending Tour Championship last year, his first win since the Bridgestone Invitational in 2013, a victory at Augusta for the 14-time majors champion would send shockwaves not only across the world of golf, but sports as a whole.
Rose was the runner-up at the Masters in 2015 and 2017, and will be hoping 2019 is the year he finally wins the event for the first time.
One of the best iron players in the game, Rose is currently top in the PGA rankings, and boasting eight consecutive top 25 finishes at the Masters as well as five top-10 finishes, the 2013 U.S. Open champion is always a contender. Rose has back-to-back top-10 finishes heading into Masters 2019.
Koepka has enjoyed a solid run in recent years, winning the U.S. Open in 2017 and 2018, while also winning the PGA Championship last year.
While he hasn’t had the best performances recently and is yet to clinch a top-10 finish at Augusta, notably missing out on last year’s event through injury, he has shown his ability to step up his game when the majors arrive.
The Masters is arguably the most prestigious of all golf tournaments. With such a glittering cast of players making up the field in Augusta this week, it can be understandably difficult to choose which player to lay money — a conundrum this sports betting guide will hopefully help bettors in making that decision ahead of the Masters 2019.