The old adage of history repeating itself has rung true time and time again in the sports world. So when examining the field for this year’s Masters, it’s useful to look back at the past to try to project who’s going to slip on the green jacket on Sunday.
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The youth movement is real in Georgia
For starters, it’s worth noting that this tournament is clearly a young man’s game, as each of the last 13 champions was under the age of 40 at the time of winning. At the green age of 21, Jordan Spieth became the second-youngest player ever to emerge triumphant at Augusta National in 2015.
He was also just the second man in over 100 years to lead wire to wire at a major while 21 years old or younger. Danny Willett triumphed in 2016 at the age of 28, surpassing Spieth on the back nine of Augusta in one of the most memorable finishes in recent history. Sergio Garcia finally got the major monkey off his back in a dramatic 2017 finish that became an immediate classic.
Patrick Reed picked up the first major win of his PGA Tour career at Augusta National a year ago, edging out Rickie Fowler by a stroke to slip on the green jacket in Georgia. Reed has +5000 odds to go back to back this time around.
Good luck, Masters rookies
Experience is everything at this renowned event, so it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that every Sportsbook in the last 12 years has at least one Masters under his belt. This is no ordinary golf course, and the bright lights of Augusta National tend to greatly impact rookie golfers.
Past solid finishes is another important stat. Ten of the last 13 men who claimed the title had posted a top-32 at Augusta, while nine had already shot a round in the 60s there.
It’s tough to go back to back at Augusta
Winning the Masters once is hard enough, but going back to back in Georgia is almost unheard of unless your name is Tiger Woods. Woods was the last golfer to win two straight Masters, a feat he accomplished in 2001 and 2002.
In recent years, reigning Masters champions have struggled mightily the next year, with Willett posting a 7-over showing and missing the cut altogether in 2017 after triumphing in 2016. Garcia met an even worse fate in 2018 as he failed to see the weekend due to an ugly 15-over showing after the first two days – the third-worst score of the tournament.
No shortage of parity
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson didn’t compete in 2017 due to a bad run-in with some stairs, but the top-ranked golfers in the world rankings have a poor track record at Augusta. No player who ranked first in the rankings has won the Masters in over a decade, so DJ bettors will be hoping the American can buck that trend.
Since its inception in 1934, there has been at least one hole-in-one in 21 Masters (1934, 1935, 1940, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018). Charley Hoffman was the lone man to accomplish the feat in 2018 after finding the bottom of the cup on hole No. 16 with a 6-iron.