The 87th Masters gets underway on Thursday. The Augusta National Golf Club is about to play host to some of the best golfers in the world for one of the biggest tournaments on the PGA Tour. Get ready for four days of exhilarating golf that will have you itching to get back out on the fairway.
At this year’s tournament, there are ten British and Irish hopefuls venturing over to the United States with the hope of claiming the famous green jacket, which was won last year by Scottie Scheffler.
Rory McIlroy - 7/1
A lot has been said about Rory McIlroy’s resurgence of late and he is looking in good shape to claim his first Masters title. The Northern Irishman has been in great form this season, winning the CJ Cup and getting strong finishes in other tournaments. McIlroy has always felt the pressure at Augusta but could this be the year he overcomes his demons to claim his first green jacket?
Matt Fitzpatrick - 40/1
Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick has attracted a lot of attention in the last year after he claimed his first Major title at the US Open last year. This is Fitzpatrick’s ninth appearance at The Masters. Last April, his T-14 performance at Augusta National was his best since finishing T-7 in 2016. Fans are now expecting him to go even better this time around.
Tommy Fleetwood - 45/1
Tommy Fleetwood is heading to Georgia looking to build on his best score at The Masters when he finished T14 last year. This will be his seventh appearance at Augusta and he has previously recorded second-place finishes at both the US Open and The Open Championship.
Tyrrell Hatton - 50/1
Tyrrell Hatton is heading to Augusta in good shape. The man form High Wycombe has had a great start to 2023, recording four top-10 finishes, including a runner-up at the Players Championship and T4 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March.
Justin Rose - 50/1
Two-time runner-up Justin Rose has top-25 finishes in 13 of his 17 starts at Augusta National and has held at least a share of the lead after eight different rounds, the most by a player who has not won the Masters. Rose won the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February for his first worldwide win since 2019 and by ending that drought he will be heading to The Masters with some much-needed confidence.
Shane Lowry - 55/1
Last April, Shane Lowry’s tie for third was his best performance at Augusta National, rounding out career top-four finishes in all four major championships. The Irishman hasn’t had the best of starts to 2023 and he parted with his long-time caddie in January. There is no better time to turn his form around than at Augusta. It is difficult to write him off when he is known for conjuring up magic when you least expect it.
Seamus Power - 100/1
Seamus Power is making his second Masters appearance in 2023. Back in October, he won in Bermuda to earn both his second career PGA Tour win and his second invitation to Augusta National. The Irish golfer has five top-25 finishes worldwide in 2023, including T-14 in Los Angeles and T-15 in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Danny Willett - 125/1
Sheffield's Danny Willett won this famed tournament back in 2016. Last year he finished T-12, his best finish at Augusta National since his bogey-free 67 in the final round to win the green jacket seven years ago. Willett has played some decent golf over the past 12 months and he will be looking to improve on last year’s finish.
Matthew McLean (Amateur) - 2000/1
Northern Ireland’s Matthew McClean won the 2022 U.S. Mid-Amateur at Erin Hills in Wisconsin with a 3-and-1 victory over good friend Hugh Foley in the final. With the victory, the 29-year-old optometrist earned places in the field for both the Masters and the U.S. Open this year.
Sandy Lyle - 5000/1
Scotland’s Sandy Lyle is making his 42nd Masters appearance. In 1988, he made birdie from the fairway bunker on No. 18 in the final round to defeat Mark Calcavecchia by one and become Great Britain's first Masters champion. It remains one of the most exciting finishes ever seen at The Masters. The World Golf Hall of Fame member's career also includes winning The Open in 1985, the 1987 Players Championship.
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