The Masters 2017: Who To Watch & Complete Masters Odds

13th hole, Augusta National Golf Club

Leading into The Masters 2017 the number one question asked among golfers is “who do you think will win?”. While predictions are really a fool’s game it does not stop us all from speculating. It’s too much fun.

Among the 94 players in the field there are a few that I am keeping a close eye on this week (for reasons good and bad) and here are some observations on how they might match up to the famed Augusta National Golf Club.

Will I pick a winner? I usually don’t.

With The Masters, the fans are always the big winners.

Dustin Johnson (13/2)

No golfer has been on a bigger run this year than Dustin Johnson. Pundits try to argue that his new preference for a left to right ball flight off the tee will hurt him at Augusta but last I checked Jack Nicklaus earned six green jackets with that shot shape.

In seven attempts he has missed the cut just once and in the last two years he has tied for 6th and 4th.

What do I like best about Dustin this week? It’s not his prodigious driver length. During his recent win at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play Championships he consistently made some long putts with large breaks – a skill that all need at Augusta National. I also like his calm temperament – a must in major championships.

(Editor’s Note: Dustin Johnson fell down a staircase on Wednesday and his participation in The Masters is questionable)

Jordan Spieth (8/1)

Despite a second round 77 and a missed cut last week at the Shell Houston Open we are still talking about a player who has not been out of the top 2 at The Masters for the last three years. It’s hard to argue his affinity for playing Augusta National Golf Club

The 12th hole collapse from last year? It’s just one hole and while much of the media will pay attention to it, Spieth has likely moved on.

His game is not as polished as it was early in the year when he reeled off five straight top ten finishes, including a win, but expect him to be in the mix.

Rory McIlroy (8/1)

Top ten at The Masters for six of the last seven years. Hard to argue with that. With every club in his hand he can take apart of a golf course. Not a lot of play for him so far in 2017 (due to injury) but when he has teed it up he has been sharp.

Could this be his time to earn the last leg of the career grand slam? That could be a big storyline come this weekend.

Jon Rahm 25/1

A rookie? Winning at Augusta National? Many think he can be the first in nearly forty years to repeat the feat but I’m not sure he is up to the task.

Obviously a win, five top tens and making every cut in 2017 says to most that he is capable. But none of those events were played at Augusta National.

In the underbelly of Rahm’s game are some not so impressive short game stats (he tends to overpower courses) including some weak scrambling stats. You will miss greens at ANGC and the green complexes demand the most of your short game. For his sake, hopefully he can overcome that.

As Rahm said on Monday, “If I didn’t think I could win it, I wouldn’t be here.”

Paul Casey 40/1 

On TSN 1200 radio this past weekend I mentioned Paul Casey as my “grey horse”. Casey has matched Dustin Johnson with his finishes at The Masters in the last two years, a tie for 4th and a tie for 6th. Those are among four top ten finishes the 39 year-old has had in his career in Augusta. Known for strong scoring early in events the only question will be how well is he putting. It is the weakness among his many skills.

Daniel Berger 66/1

“Daniel Berger?” most people are saying to themselves as they read this. To be clear I am not saying he is a lock to win but don’t be surprised if he is in the mix at The Masters…again. He’s my dark horse finisher.

Berger tied for 10th in his first appearance last year and now that his rookie nerves are taken care of, I expect some even better results this year. He is coming off a 5th place finish at the Shell Houston Open.

Matt Fitzpatrick (66/1)

Poor weather may help the “precision players” in the field this week at The Masters. Keep an eye on young Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick. His picked apart Augusta National for a t-7 finish last year.

He had a win over the winter and has been in the top 20 in the latest two World Golf Championships.

The Canadians

Adam Hadwin (80/1)

The odds have Adam Hadwin as the top Canadian of the three in the field and I can’t disagree. Since the CIMB Classic last fall he has not missed a cut and only has one finish outside of the top 40.

It’s a big stage for any rookie but Hadwin has a great attitude and exceptional putting skills – two big factors in The Masters.

Mackenzie Hughes (500/1)

With the exception of a top ten finish at Pebble Beach his game has not been on the same level as when he won at the RSM Classic in the fall.

A tie for 23rd last week is promising and Hughes is a grinder; he’ll get the most out of his first appearance at The Masters.

How high that can get him up the leaderboard remains to be seen.

His putting, usually strong, will ultimately determine his final placement.

Mike Weir (2000/1)

Weir’s current mindset is that he is not a ceremonial participant. The 2003 Champion earned his place in the field but frankly, he is nowhere near the form he needs to be in to compete with the best players in the world.

His biggest contribution this year might be the valuable info he passes on to his fellow Canadians in a scheduled practice round.

Complete Betting Odds For The Masters (Ladbrokes) April 4th. 8:30 a.m. EST

Dustin Johnson 13/2

Jordan Spieth 8/1

Rory McIlroy 8/1

Jason Day 20/1

Rickie Fowler 25/1

Hideki Matsuyama 25/1

Jon Rahm 25/1

Justin Rose 28/1

Phil Mickelson 33/1

Henrik Stenson 33/1

Adam Scott 40/1

Sergio Garcia 40/1

Justin Thomas 40/1

Bubba Watson 50/1

Louis Oosthuizen 50/1

Brandt Snedeker 50/1

Paul Casey 50/1

Tyrrell Hatton 50/1

Matthew Fitzpatrick 66/1

Marc Leishman 66/1

Daniel Berger 66/1

Charl Schwartzel 80/1

Patrick Reed 80/1

Brooks Koepka 80/1

Matt Kuchar 80/1

Lee Westwood 80/1

Bill Haas 80/1

Thomas Pieters 80/1

Tommy Fleetwood 80/1

Adam Hadwin 80/1

Russell Henley 80/1

Jimmy Walker 100/1

Zach Johnson 100/1

JB Holmes 100/1

Kevin Kisner 100/1

Alex Noren 100/1

Gary Woodland 100/1

Danny Willett 125/1

Branden Grace 125/1

Rafael Cabrera-Bello 125/1

Charley Hoffman 125/1

Emiliano Grillo 125/1

Ross Fisher 125/1

Jim Furyk 150/1

Shane Lowry 150/1

Byeong-Hun An 150/1

Jason Dufner 150/1

Ryan Moore 150/1

Bernd Wiesberger 150/1

Martin Kaymer 150/1

Soren Kjeldsen 150/1

Francesco Molinari 150/1

Pat Perez 150/1

Andy Sullivan 200/1

Kevin Na 200/1

Angel Cabrera 200/1

Webb Simpson 200/1

Russell Knox 200/1

Brendan Steele 200/1

Hudson Swafford 200/1

Jhonattan Vegas 200/1

Hideto Tanihara 200/1

Chris Wood 250/1

Kevin Chappell 250/1

Scott Piercy 250/1

Steve Stricker 250/1

Jeung-Hun Wang 250/1

James Hahn 300/1

Roberto Castro 300/1

Sean O’Hair 300/1

William McGirt 300/1

Ernie Els 500/1

Bernhard Langer 500/1

Fred Couples 500/1

Vijay Singh 500/1

Si Woo Kim 500/1

Brian Stuard 500/1

Curtis Luck 500/1

Mackenzie Hughes 500/1

Billy Hurley III 500/1

Daniel Summerhays 500/1

Rod Pampling 500/1

Yuta Ikeda 500/1

Mark O’Meara 1000/1

Trevor Immelman 1000/1

Brad Dalke 1000/1

Ian Woosnam 1000/1

José Maria Olazábal 1000/1

Scott Gregory 1000/1

Stewart Hagestad 1000/1

Toto Gana 1000/1

Larry Mize 2000/1

Mike Weir 2000/1

Sandy Lyle 2000/1