Having just wrapped up the final major PGA tour event of the calendar year, we would usually have to wait 12 months before once again being treated with the Masters. Now, given the delay of the 2020 tournament, we will only have to wait 142 days to return to Augusta National and watch the best players in the world compete for golf’s most prestigious prize.
Here are the top three favourites to win the 2021 Masters:
1. Dustin Johnson
2020 Finish: 1st
Dustin Johnson won his debut green jacket at Augusta earlier this month following one of the most dominant PGA Major tournament performances of all time. DJ’s final score of 268 (-20) is the lowest to par in the history of the Masters and ties the lowest score at any major championship.
His four-round score comprised the fewest bogeys through four rounds by a winner at Augusta National and given the short turnaround between Masters tournaments, Johnson is the deserved +800 favourite to go back to back at Augusta when the Masters returns to its traditional April start date.
— The Masters (@TheMasters) November 15, 2020
2. Bryson DeChambeau
2020 Finish: T34th
After winning the U.S. Open in September, Bryson DeChambeau was the pre-tournament favourite to win the 2020 Masters. Despite his dominant 2020 form, DeChambeau once again failed to perform at Augusta National, only making the cut after Rafa Cabrera Bello’s missed chip on the ninth hole.
DeChambeau finished with a 2-under 286, which was 18 shots behind winner Dustin Johnson. His tie for 34th was the 27-year-olds fourth straight Masters finish outside the top 20. Given the talent and power at his disposal, DeChambeau will likely be amongst the favourites for all of the Major tournaments in 2021. However, he will need to redeem himself at the 2021 Masters, currently overvalued at +900.
Thirty holes into his tournament, it’s unclear if Bryson DeChambeau will make the cut at the Masters: https://t.co/SADIR2FsHE
— Golf Digest (@GolfDigest) November 14, 2020
3. Rory McIlroy
2020 Finish: T5th
Despite outplaying Masters champion Dustin Johnson throughout the final three rounds (14 under), a 3-over 75 on Thursday from Rory McIlroy left the Irishman too far back to make a run at his first green jacket. The fifth place tie was McIlroy’s sixth Masters top 10 finish, as the elusive green jacket still remains the only major championship not in his trophy case.
Poor opening rounds have been an issue for McIlroy throughout the last two years at Augusta, having started the 2019 tournament with a 73. On both occasions he was under par for each round to finish the week. Clearly capable of playing fantastic golf at Augusta National, McIlroy will certainly be amongst the top of the leaderboard at the 2021 Masters if he can string four good rounds together.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 15, 2020
Take a look at the top 10 favourites to win the 2021 Masters:
- Dustin Johnson (+800)
- Bryson DeChambeau (+900)
- Rory McIlroy (+1000)
- Jon Rahm (+1000)
- Justin Thomas (+1100)
- Brooks Koepka (+1500)
- Xander Schauffele (+2000)
- Patrick Cantlay (+2000)
- Collin Morikawa (+2500)
- Webb Simpson (+2500)
*Odds correct at time of publication.
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