The US Masters returns this week between Thursday and Sunday
Augusta National in Georgia will play host this year, and a handful of fans will even be allowed in to watch the action unfold.
Just six months ago, Dustin Johnson demolished the opposition to win the 2020 competition, finishing a massive 20 under par. The 36-year-old went home with the Green Jacket and a tasty $2m prize.
His nearest challengers, Cameron Smith and Im Sung-jae, sat joint second on 15 under par. Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods managed 11 under par and 1 under par, respectively.
US Masters 2021 Favourites
The manner of Johnson’s performance last year means Betway has him as joint 10/1 favourite with Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas. Rory McIlroy can be found a little further down the rankings at 16-1.
Only legends Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods have won the Masters back-to-back. Others have won the tournament multiple times, but not consecutively. Course form should be considered, but the nature of these tournaments having so many runners and riders and external factors makes it common for players to place well one year and flop the next. Therefore, Johnson poses a risky bet at 10-1.
US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau was the favourite for the last iteration of The Masters, but finished way down the leaderboard. He hasn’t managed a top-20 finish in four attempts at Augusta, either. Nonetheless, his current form has lifted him to 10-1 joint favourite.
Jordan Spieth won the tournament in 2015, and his recent return to form has left him looking a tempting pick at 12-1. The Players Championship winner Justin Thomas is also attractive at 10-1 when taking in to consideration his improved performances.
Rory McIlroy is a huge gamble at 16-1 given his current awful form of late, and considering he’s recently switched coaches.
Despite Tiger missing out and McIlroy looking unlikely to mount a serious challenge, The Masters will give everyone a much-needed distraction from what has been a testing time for everyone around the world over the last year or so.