It looks like the story of 2015 in the PGA is quickly laying claim to 2016 as well. Just days into the New Year, Jordan Spieth once again grabbed headlines, dominating the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. His 30-under performance was second all-time in the tournament’s history, one shy of Ernie Els (-31) in 2003. The win also drew Spieth even with Tiger Woods as the only players to win seven tour events before the age of 23.
The 22-year-old was the talk of the sports world last summer, winning the Masters and the U.S. Open while narrowly missing out on the British Open as well as the PGA Championship. Spieth was especially impressive at Augusta, where his -18 tied another Woods record for lowest Masters score. It’s hard not to get excited about the potential for Spieth to follow up his “masterful” performance this year.
The rest of the tour won’t just stand idly by while Spieth chases history, though. Jason Day closed last season just as hot as Spieth, winning four of his last seven events, including the PGA Championship.
Then there’s Rory McIlroy, who ended the year as golf’s forgotten one after an ankle injury caused him to miss the British Open and finish the year in a rather disappointing fashion. Now ranked third in the world, the Irishman will set out to claim his career Grand Slam with a Masters win this year.
While we’ve also mentioned Tiger Woods a few times in this piece, that was a result of past achievements. Recently, Woods has been an average golfer at best. But Augusta is the one course where Woods is on an even playing field. Despite a rough go of it lately, Woods has tied for fourth in three of the past six Masters.
There’s still so much golf to come as the weather gets warmer. We’ll no doubt revisit these odds as the year goes on, but here’s our first look at the odds to win the 2016 Masters.
2016 Masters Odds
- Jordan Spieth: 5/1
- Rory McIlroy: 13/2
- Jason Day: 8/1
- Bubba Watson: 12/1
- Dustin Johnson: 18/1
- Justin Rose: 20/1
- Rickie Fowler: 20/1
- Tiger Woods: 22/1
- Adam Scott: 25/1
- Henrik Stenson: 28/1
- Phil Mickelson: 30/1
(Photo Credit: Keith Allison (Flickr: Jason Day) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons)