Even before the news on Tuesday that Four-time Masters Champion Tiger Woods would not be playing in the 2014 Masters due to back problems, Rory McIroy had the top spot in Las Vegas. Rory came in at a 7-1 favorite, and Tiger was 9-1. For a complete list of current odds for the Masters be sure to visit this link at FanSided.com.
I personally didn’t have Tiger winning the Masters this year either, and think this is the best year for Rory to pick up his first Green Jacket. He was well on his way in 2011 before imploding at the 10th hole on Sunday afternoon, and handing the title to South African, Charl Schwartzel. He is a little older now and hopefully three years wiser.
After the disaster which was the 2013 season for the young Norther Irishman, Rory looks to be back on track for 2014. Even though he has started to play poorly on the weekend as he did at Dubai, and then again at PGA National, he did win coming from behind in Australia. He made up a four-shot deficit to beat Adam Scott at the Australian Open.
My differences with the odds list starts with number three and four Adam Scott at 10-1 and Phil Mickelson at 12-1. Scott isn’t putting as well as he did in 2013, and Phil’s game all over the golf course at this time. But who knows, Phil has been known to show up, and be unbeatable.
I think there will be some noise at Augusta this year from the Johnson boys. Dustin comes in at 16-1 with Jason Day, and Zach, who already owns a Green Jacket at 25-1. Come on Vegas, did you not see how well Zach played in Hawaii. Augusta National fits Zach Johnson’s golf game to a tee, and you can never count out Dustin Johnson when he gets hot.
Like Matt Kuchar, who comes in at 25-1 as well has the accuracy off the tee, and the short game that is tailor-made for Augusta. It all comes down to who is making putts on Sunday afternoon. Both Kuchar and the elder Johnson hit a nice mild draw, and both can knock down flags from 100 yards.
The key to Rory McIlroy’s success is his relationship with his driver. If he can get his tee shots in the fairway, and warm that putter up a little, he can be unbeatable. He has the short game to win at any golf course on the planet, and I think 2014 will see his third major, and could come as soon as next week in Augusta!
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