The 2021 edition of The Masters will be number 85, and it will be held at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia, from April 8-11th. The Masters is one of four major championships that go a long way towards determining a golfer’s greatness. The other major tournaments are the PGA Championship, the US Open, and the Open Championship, which is also called the British Open. The first Masters took place in 1934, and it became a regular event in 1940 when it was announced that it would be played in the first full week of April. A majority of this golf course was designed by golfing great Bobby Jones, who won 7 major championships during his time as a golfer. The Masters was the first major golf tournament to host a 72-hole, 4-day game. It was the first to pair golfers, the first to be covered nationwide, which, back then, was by radio, and it was also the first to use the par system we see in all golf tournaments today. While other tournaments give trophies to the winners, the Masters gives a green jacket to the winner, which has become one of the most timely traditions in all sports. Here are five golfers that have the best chance of winning this year’s green jacket.
1. Dustin Johnson – There haven’t been many repeat Masters champions throughout its history. The last golfer to win back-to-back green jackets was Tiger Woods in 2001 and 2002. The field of the best golfers hasn’t changed much since the last Masters tournament took place. DJ is still the guy to beat.
2. Bryson DeChambeau – The 27-year-old has three wins since the PGA tour restarted, which included winning his first major, which was the US Open back in September. He is one of the most powerful hitters that I’ve ever seen. Just as important, though, putting has become one of his biggest strengths, and he’ll need to be on top of his putting skills to win his first green jacket.
3. Justin Thomas – Justin Thomas had one of his better performances a couple of weeks ago in the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in Florida. JT is one of the most consistent golfers playing right now and has been a contender in the final round of the last five Masters, which includes him finishing fourth back in November.
4. Jordan Spieth – The 2015 Masters champ has recorded three top-five finishes in five of his past six tournaments, which is thanks in large part to his improved driving. Oh, and there’s the fact that no one has played better at Augusta National since Jordan Spieth back in 2015. He needs a breakthrough win to be considered as the best young golfer in the game today, and he’ll have a very good chance to do so at the Masters.
5. Patrick Cantlay – Few golfers have been playing better than Cantlay in the last few months, but he’s been flying under the radar because he doesn’t have a single win on the PGA Tour. He’s a golfer you shouldn’t take lightly and will be in contention next week.