The old adage of history repeating itself has rung true time and time again in the sports world. So when examining the field for this year’s Masters, it’s useful to look back at the past to try and project who’s going to slip on the green jacket on Sunday.
For starters, it’s worth noting that this tournament is clearly a young man’s game, as each of the last 11 champions were under the age of 40 at the time of winning. At the green age of 21, Jordan Spieth became the second youngest player ever to emerge triumphant at Augusta National in 2015.
He was also just the second man in over 100 years to lead wire-to-wire at a major while 21 years old or younger. Danny Willett triumphed in 2016 at the age of 28, surpassing Spieth on the back nine of Augusta in one of the most memorable finishes in recent history.
Experience is everything at this renowned event, so it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that every winner in the last decade has at least one Masters under their belt. This is no ordinary golf course, and the bright lights of Georgia tend to greatly impact rookie golfers.
Past solid finishes is another important stat. Eight of the last 11 who claimed the title had posted a top 32 at Augusta, while eight had already shot a round in the 60s there.
Be wary of the Euros
Outside of Willett, Europeans have struggled immensely in this fixture. Before Willett’s win, Jose Maria Olazabal was the last European to claim the title and that was all the way back in 1999.
Going back-to-back at Augusta is no easy feat, either. Tiger Woods was the last man to win twice in a row (2001 and 2002), but it hasn’t been done since then.
While the par three contest (held on Wednesday) adds some pre-tournament fun to what’s always a strenuous weekend, history is showing bettors may be wise to fade away in this situation. The winner of the social contest has never gone on to achieve victory at the event. Jimmy Walker won the contest in 2016 and finished in a tie for 29th at 7-over-par.
No shortage of parity in Georgia
World No. 1 Dustin Johnson is the deserved Masters favorite this time around, but the top players in the world have been struggling to get the job done in Georgia of late. No player who ranked first in the world has won the Masters in over a decade, so DJ bettors will be hoping he can buck that trend.
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