The first golf major of the year takes place this week as the US Masters and it should be a fantastic few days of golf with the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Luke Donald leading the way in what should be an extremely competitive tournament, as Paddy Power have announced they will offer odds and 6 places each way and will refund losing bets if Tiger Woods wins the tournament.
Everyone will remember last year’s events at the Masters of course, with McIlroy leading going into the final round before his form dipped dramatically and he finished well adrift of eventual winner Charl Schwartzel.
McIlroy had a fantastic year after this though and he is without doubt one of the leading contenders this week.
Speaking ahead of this year’s tournament, the Northern Irishman said: “I’ve always been a pretty confident guy, but I’ve got a lot more belief in myself now when I’m going down the stretch. I definitely don’t doubt myself as much as I used to.”
There is one man that will take some of the attention away from McIlroy though and that is World No.7 Woods. He is the highest ranked Masters winner in the field and after victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a couple of weeks ago, he appears to be heading back to some of his best golf.
The 36-year-old feels at home in Augusta too, saying: “Fine tuning here and there, making the adjustments, that’s a good sign for Augusta. I understand how to play Augusta National and it’s just a matter of executing the game plan.”
McIlroy and Woods may well be the ones to watch to begin with, but there are plenty of other more than capable contenders. This includes American Phil Mickelson, English duo Luke Donald and Lee Westwood and the in-form Hunter Mahan.
The beauty of this tournament though is that the winner could come from anywhere. Looking further down the field, the likes of Graeme McDowell, Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler are amongst an exciting chasing pack.
Overall, from the moment this tournament gets underway on Thursday, it is going to be very hard to take your eyes off it.