Golf: 2014 US Masters Tournament Preview
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Last updated: Sunday, February 23, 2014

The 2014 US masters tickets have been sold out months in anticipation of one of the most exciting and prestigious tournaments in men’s golf. The 78th Masters will kick off on April 10th and play out over four rounds at the famous Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia which has been the historic site of the masters since the tournament was first held in 1934 and won by hall of famer Horton Smith, one of the best golfers of his time who won two masters tournaments and had a record of 32 PGA tour wins during his career.

The US master is traditionally the first major of the year and requires an invitation to attend the event. In order to receive an invite players must meet certain criteria which includes to place in the top 50 overall player for the previous year, or to place in the top 50 a week prior to the masters tournament. The top 30 finishers on last years money list, some of the top places from the previous year’s majors as well as the winners of major tournaments over the past 5 years also win a spot.  The tournament also includes a small group of amateurs that have won amateur championship held throughout the previous year.

Favorites to Win the 2014 Masters

This years favorites to win include previous master tournament winners Tigers Woods, Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, and Adam Scott. Tiger has the best odds to win this year and a great performance record in 2013 winning five tournaments, as well as placing joint fourth at the previous masters, he will be considered a serious threat throughout the tournament. Rory McIlroy is a joint favorites alongside Tiger woods, he dominated in 2012 taking the most tournament wins that year, as well as winning one major the PGA Championship, but since then he has yet  to win a tournament and his best result at the 2011 masters was 15th place.

Following just behind in the odds to win is Phil Mickelson who has 42 PGA Tour wins over his career including five majors, three of those wins were masters. Phil has consistently shown that he can win a tournament every year. He definitely has what it takes to win the masters jacket again, and if he takes victory this year he will be even with Tiger woods and legendary golfer Arnold Palmer who sit at four Masters tournament victories.  As winner of last years masters Adam Scott sits high among the favorites, his hope will to be to join the few golfers that have had masters back to back victories.

2014 US Masters Picks to Win

Predictions to win us 2014 masters: The odds are good that a favorite will take out the tournament this year, historically Tiger and Phil have won nearly 50% of the masters between them since 2001 and they have not won the masters tournament in the last 3 years, raising their chances that one of them could win this year. As always there is great field of the worlds best golfers with the potential to win a masters.

Players like Charl Schwartzel and Trevor Immelman have shown that its possible to win the masters with only a couple of PGA tour victories to their names, but have a strong list of wins on other tours. Most of the other players favorites have a good record of PGA wins and have shown that they can get into the top 10 at the masters. Jimmy Walker has fairly good odds for someone who has won three tournaments already this season, he will be hoping to win his first major.

Tigers Woods

Tigers Woods first major tournament win was The Masters held in 1997 where he set the record for the youngest ever to win the event at 21 years of age. He also achieved the largest margin of victory for that tournament which was 12 strokes over runner up Tom Kite. Since then he has racked up four masters victories including one back to back in 2001 and 2002. He missed his grand-slam attempt in 2003 where he came in 15th place and currently sits two tournaments behind legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus who holds the record for the most US Masters victories, winning a total of six times during his career.

In 2013 Tiger won 5 tournaments most of them early on in the year, including one of the World Golf Championships. He placed joint fourth at the 2013 masters alongside Marc Leishman. Tiger is yet to secure a tournament victory in 2014 but still holds the number one ranked spot on the official world rankings by a wide margin,  he is one of the favorites to win the tournament this year and take the coveted green jacket from defending champion Adam Scott.

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson has won a PGA tournament nearly every year since 1993 and has accumulated 42 PGA Tour wins since then, with the most recent being The Open Championship in July 2013, where he beat Henrik Stenson by three shots. In 2013 Phil added two more tournament victories and came in 2nd at two other events. Phil has already worn the masters jacket three times and has an impressive list of major victories, with the U.S Open being the only major he hasn’t won. He will be a heavy contender and joint favorite to win the masters tournament.

Adam Scott

In 2013 Adam Scott won US Masters and secured his first major in a sudden-death playoff against Ángel Cabrera winning by one shot on the second hole of the playoff. It’s was the first time an Australian has won the Masters and he will be looking to hold onto the green jacket and defend his title as he looks to join the other greats that have won the tournament back-to-back such as Tiger wood, Nick Faldo, and Jack Nicklaus. Adam currently sits at second on the world rankings and took first place in two tournaments last year. He has attended two tournaments in 2014 and placed in the top 10 of both tournaments.

Jimmy Walker

Jimmy Walker is quickly shooting up the ranks this year now sitting at 24th on the official world rankings. He has won three tournaments this season, one in late 2013 where he won the Open. The other two he secured earlier on in the year in Jan-Feb sending him to the top of the FedExCup Season Points, the 2014 Money Leader, and player with the most tournament victories for this year. His wins have earned him his first ever trip to the masters and will rate him a top contender if he continues with his improved form during the next few tournaments.

Henrik Stenson

Currently ranked 3rd in the world, Hendrik Stenson has yet to win a major tournament, but last year added two PGA titles to his name. He also came in 2nd at three other tournaments including The Open Championship major. Henrik also came in 3rd at the PGA Championship showing he has what it takes to reach the top at a major tournament, landing him among the top favorites to win the masters.

Jason Day

Jason Day is one of the outside favorites to win, he has performed constantly well at the masters since he first attended the tournament in 2011 and placed joint second alongside fellow Australian Adam Scott. Although he has not had any major wins, Jason has shown that he can be a strong contender at major events. In 2013 he placed in the top 10 at three out of four majors coming in joint 2nd at the US Open and 3rd at the Masters.

Bubba Watson

Bubba Watson is one of the longest drivers on the PGA and currently 14th on the official world rankings. He previously won the master’s tournament in 2012, where he secured victory after winning a playoff by two strokes against Louis Oosthuizen. Bubba has started off this year strong coming second place in the 2014 Waste Management Phoenix Open, where he held the lead for most of the tournament. Bubba did secure a win at the next tournament in the 2014 Northern Trust Open, winning by two strokes. He is currently sitting 4th on the 2014 money list and is shaping up to be a strong contender for the masters this year, hoping to add a second masters victory to his record.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy took over the number one spot in the world rankings in 2012 after winning four tournaments, including a major at the PGA Championship. In that year he took over the number one spot from Luke Donald. In 2013 his performance started to decline with no tournament victories, with his best placing at the Valero Texas Open, where he took runner-up 2nd. He currently sits at 7th spot on the world rankings and has yet to attend a tournament in 2014. Even though he is one of the world’s top 10 golfers, he has a fairly outside chance of winning the masters with his best result in 2011 where he placed joint T15.


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