Picking a Winner for The Masters Not a Gimme by any Means

If Winx were in the running at the 2018 Masters in Augusta, Georgia, which gets underway in two days, you would have a decent wager.

As it stands, there are no easy bets in 2018 in golf’s first Major of the season, and there are far more competitors vying for a coveted green jacket and $US 1.8 million that goes to the winner than Sydney’s super mare is accustomed to encountering.

Jordan Spieth is the $11 favourite on the Ladbrokes website, but it is not easy to see why. Spieth has been a little off to this point in the season, but his standard at least. If he can put the memories from the 12th hole, where he squandered a five-shot lead on the final day of the tournament in 2016, well behind him, he is a decent chance, but the lost opportunity to win two consecutive Masters seems the sort of thing that is not easily forgotten.

Spieth is sharing the top line with Rory McIllroy, who has his own history of squandering what appeared to be a lock in the Masters of his own, when he went into the back nine on the last day with a final round 80 that gave him the dubious distinction of shooting the worst round of any professional who held the lead after three rounds.

Those two seem like unlikely favourites. Both have the game, without a doubt, but both have shown, despite carving out impressive careers at young ages, that talent counts for little when it is time to step onto the 10th tee at Augusta with a Sunday lead.

Jason Day is priced at $17. He could win, but it depends somewhat on which Jason Day shows up – the former world number one or the Day who has gained some perspective on the true reality that golf is just a game, but life is life.

Former, and only Australian champion at The Masters, 2013 winner Adam Scott, is well back in the betting at $67. Scott silenced his doubters in 2016, when he proved that the ban of the anchored putting stroke was but a speedbump to him, but he is currently a mere shadow of his former self, so far as the world of professional golf is concerned.