The first of golf’s four major championships kicks off on April 9th, as the Masters rolls around again. Held at the revered National in Augusta, the final cut-off on March 30th will confirm the field.
As it stands, there are a number of amateurs and debutants taking their place, while of course, many of the old guard will return once more. Winning the iconic green jacket is an honour for any golfer, but here we take a look at some of the tournament’s previous winners, set to tee up at Augusta again.
The five-time winner may not be fancied in the early golf betting markets, but victory for Tiger at the 2020 Masters would see him level with Jack Nicklaus for the most green jackets. It was an improbable comeback against the odds last year at Augusta, with Tiger winning his first major championship in 11 years – and first Masters for 14 years.
The golf legend finished one stroke ahead of three players tied in second. His most dominant display came in 1997, when he won his first major title, finishing 12 strokes ahead of Tom Kite – the biggest margin of victory to this day.
The 2018 winner has yet to add to his tally of majors, and only has two top-10 finishes to his name since success at Augusta – most recently, finishing tenth at last year’s Open. Just last month, Reed won the WGC-Mexico Championship, his eighth PGA Tour title and returned to the top 10 of the PGA world rankings.
Often the centre of controversy, not least allegations of cheating, which were also recently backed up by American Ryder Cup teammate Brooks Koepka, Reed is an outsider for the championship. That shouldn’t faze him, as he was the underdog ahead of the Mexico City tournament too, but would a second major title really provide redemption?
Spieth may be one major short of a career Grand Slam, with the PGA championship the only tournament to elude him, but since 2015, his most consistent year, the American has been a bit off-the-pace.
Augusta was previously his playground, with a T2 finish in his Masters debut (2014), before he replicated the feat in 2016, the year after he won the coveted green jacket. It’s been nearly three years since he added to his major titles, with the Open Championship win also marking Spieth’s last win on the PGA Tour. His rise to the world stage was equally as quick as his downhill spiral in form, but even at a price of 25/1, it would be foolish to rule him out this soon.
Sergio García By all accounts and his own admission, 2019 was a terrible year for Spaniard García and there’s no doubting he will be looking to make a swift return to form, sooner rather than later. After being thrown out of the inaugural Saudi International, he missed the cut at both the Masters and PGA Championship, and couldn’t even break into the top-50 at the US Open and Open Championship.
It took a sudden-death playoff against Justin Rose at the 2017 Masters for Garcia to secure his first, and to date only, major title – and he’s failed to record a top-10 finish at a major since then. Despite qualifying for the tournament, García is only just inside the PGA top-50 and his odds ahead of the 2020 Masters reflect this.