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A Preview Of The 2019 Masters

Written by: HOG Staff | Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018
Categories: Jordan SpiethPGA TourPro GolfRory McIloryThe MastersTiger Woods

Every year, golf is graced with a wide variety of incredible tournaments to keep us at the edge of our seats but none quite as much as the four major tournaments; The U.S Open, The (British) Open, The PGA Championship and, of course, The Masters. With so many details about all four starting to leak out, keeping your eye on each can be a struggle which is why we’re here to put together a simple preview into what you can expect from the 2019 Masters from what we currently know. Read on to find out for yourself.

The Masters Tournament

As one of the biggest tournaments in the sport, the golf U.S Masters had been up and running since as early as 1934. This 84-year-old tournament is part of three major tours too, including the PGA Tour, the European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour and for this reason, it’s easy to see just why it’s such a prestigious event in the eyes of players and fans alike. This tournament sees golfers putting it out to reach the all-important top spot and get their hands on the much sought-after green jacket.

Masters Augusta

This event is invitational only so while it is a part of the three major tours in a golf year, it also has one of the smallest pots of players with just 90-100 taking place is any one season. As a result, we often see the same players taking part year on year, with leading competitors like big name Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and a wealth of other international players from across the globe all competing against one another during a single week in April. Good weather, a stunning course and some world-class golf is what can be expected here – but what about 2019 in particular?

The Players

Despite the smaller number of players involved in these tournaments (compared to the normal average of around 140), The Masters certainly gives us plenty to enjoy regardless. To make it even more interesting, online sportsbooks have figured out a way for golf bettors to get so much action that they almost couldn’t digest it all. Not only this week-long event is filled with some of the best players in the industry, all putting and swinging for the top spot in a game, but bookies keep things exciting by offering every type of proposition you could imagine. You can wager on the winning player as well as on names to make it to top 5 or top 10. But who is actually likely to make it to the field?

  • Tiger Woods

Whether a fan of golf or not, you can’t go through life without having heard the name Tiger Woods. As one of the most successful golfers of all time, Woods has quickly become one of the most popular sportsmen of his time too, with four Masters Championships to his name and a rather large handful of world records.

Tiger Woods

Will Tiger Break Jack’s record? I might break your jaw if you ask that question one more time…

He might be one of the wealthiest golfers, but he’s also one of the best and while he hasn’t had any huge wins in recent years, the potential is still there and we’re eager to see what happens next.

  • Rory McIlroy

At 29 compared to Woods’ 42, McIlroy is certainly a younger player than Woods but he’s quickly proving to be one of the best. Without a Masters title to his name, his invitation relies solely on his skill and rightly so. While he hasn’t been successful yet in terms of this particular tournament, his performance in the PGA and European Tours isn’t something to be ignored. He’s likely to make his way to the golf course in Augusta in 2019, and we’re eager to see whether he can win his first Masters trophy.

  • Patrick Reed

Last year’s winner, Patrick Reed, is pretty much guaranteed a place at this year’s competition and we’re excited to see him take to the field again with aggressive shots and well-placed swings. After battling against McIlroy, Fowler and Spieth in a nail-biting final round, his final shots took him to green jacket victory. Considering that this win pulled him right up to no. 11 in the world and gave him a tidy $1.98 million prize fund to take home, we can imagine he’s eager to give winning a second go.

  • Rickie Fowler

Rickie Fowler is another player expected to be gracing the field this month. While he, like McIlroy, hasn’t come to win any Masters jackets just yet, he went on to prove himself in the 2018 tournament as someone worthy of being taken seriously. Nearly beating out Reed to the winning spot, his ‘no wins’ could easily have become ‘Masters Champion’. For that reason, it’s likely that we’ll see him invited to the 2019 season come April.

The Course

Made up of 18 holes, namely the Par-3 course that makes up the tournament of the same name on the Wednesday of the competition, the Augusta course used for the Masters was originally built just a year before the tournament was established. Since its conception, the course has undergone years of upkeep, renovations of the shapes of the courses in some cases and more, but still retains a unique beauty that makes the Masters such a pleasant event to attend.

The course layout is as follows:

Hole

Name

Par

Yards

1

Tea Olive

4

445

2

Pink Dogwood

5

575

3

Flowering Peach

4

350

4

Flowering Crab Apple

3

240

5

Magnolia

4

455

6

Juniper

3

180

7

Pampas

4

450

8

Yellow Jasmine

5

570

9

Carolina Cherry

4

460

Hole

Name

Par

Yards

10

Camellia

4

495

11

White Dogwood

4

505

12

Golden Bell

3

155

13

Azalea

5

510

14

Chinese Fir

4

440

15

Firethorn

5

530

16

Redbud

3

170

17

Nandina

4

440

18

Holly

4

465

Final Thoughts

Every year, The Masters proves to be an exciting tournament for players and fans alike. Whether you’re one of the few who managed to get tickets before the June deadline, or you’re planning on watching from the comfort of your living room, make sure to keep an eye out as more and more details are released as to who’s playing and just what you’re likely to see during 2019’s tournament.


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