Who Should I Pick In My Masters Pool?

 

Updated for 2019 Masters Pools on Feb 1 2019. 

Here are top 30 PGA players with the best odds to win the 2019 Masters tournament according to Vegas Insider [January 30th 2019]:

Odds to win 2019 Masters (as of 1/30/19)

Dustin Johnson 12/1
Jordan Spieth 12/1
Justin Rose 12/1
Rory McIlroy 12/1
Tiger Woods 12/1
Brooks Koepka 14/1
Justin Thomas 14/1
Bryson DeChambeau 15/1
Rickie Fowler 16/1
Jon Rahm 18/1

Jason Day 25/1
Bubba Watson 28/1
Patrick Reed 30/1
Tommy Fleetwood 33/1
Tony Finau 33/1
Xander Schauffele 33/1
Hideki Matsuyama 35/1
Adam Scott 40/1
Francesco Molinari 40/1
Paul Casey 40/1

Phil Mickelson 40/1
Sergio Garcia 40/1
Henrik Stenson 45/1
Marc Leishman 50/1
Gary Woodland 55/1
Matt Kuchar 55/1
Louis Oosthuizen 60/1
Webb Simpson 65/1
Danny Willett 66/1
Thomas Pieters 66/1

(odds courtesy Vegas Insider http://www.vegasinsider.com/golf/story.cfm/story/1931723_ )

For ease of understanding and creation of this article I split the top 30 into 3 groups and select 1 from the top 10, 1 from the next 10, and 1 from the bottom 10.  *Will also include a bonus selection from each group as I build a team of 6 golfers for a Masters Pool.

Tiger WOODS

Tiger Woods is NOT my top selection from the top 10 group.  If he can hit driver with confidence and make some putts, he could win his 5th green jacket but I don’t think it is likely.

Justin ROSE

Rose is not my 1st tier pick either.  Not faulting anyone who picks him.  He has looked sharp this year with his win at Torrey Pines (Farmers) coming on the heels of his FedEx Cup championship last year.  It is a shock when he plays a tournament and does not finish in the top 10.  With ‘only’ one previous major victory, the #1 ranked Rose is certainly deserving of another major….  https://www.golfdigest.com/story/does-a-player-like-justin-rose-deserve-another-major-shane-ryan

My Pick from the TOP 10

Now is the time for Rickie Fowler to capture the green jacket.  Fowler has played something like 36 major tournaments without a win.  In the past, Fowler put himself in a competitive position heading into the weekend only to stall out…  This trend changed at Augusta in 2018.  He shot a 65 on Saturday and a 67 in his Sunday round to finish in 2nd place, one shot back to Patrick Reed.  Drawing from this experience Fowler will be confident and ready to win at Augusta this time around.

“(Fowler) is motivated to break his major streak in ‘19” https://www.golfdigest.com/story/rickie-fowler-says-hes-ready-to-keep-up-with-the-rest-of-the-20-somethings

2nd selection from TOP 10 – Dustin Johnson.  No need to elaborate on this selection, DJ has the game to win anytime, anywhere…

THE 2nd TIER – My Pick from the NEXT 10

Jason Day is the name that jumps off the screen of the guys from 11-20 [Actually Matsuyama, Reed, Fleetwood, and Finau also all jump off the screen].  Day had early success at Augusta with top 3 finishes in both 2011 & 2013.  Day had a strong 2018 and is poised for a strong showing in 2019.

2nd selection from MIDDLE 10 – Francesco Molinari.  Molinari had a run where he was unbeatable last year including a dominant performance at the Ryder Cup and an Open Championship win at Carnoustie.

THE CASE FOR Marc LEISHMAN – Pick from Tier 3

Cases can be made for different players in this top 30 and even for players further down the list.  Since golf analysis is sorely lacking in this article, let me make the most convincing, interesting case of all.  Marc Leishman is at 50/1 odds to win the Masters tournament.  Why is this significant?  Last year’s winner Patrick Reed was 50/1.  The 2017 winner, Sergio opened at 50/1 (which eventually moved to 30/1 by the 1st round).  Guess what Danny Willet’s odds line read in 2016?  50/1 and he also won!  Convincing or not, Marc Leishman is my pick from the bottom third of these listed golfers.

2nd selection from BOTTOM 10 – Webb Simpson is my 2nd pick from this grouping.  He shot a 67 on Sunday at The Masters last year, so much like Fowler he will show up at Augusta with momentum in April.

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