The following is a guest post by Brian Peña @ Red Birdie Golf.

With the 2020 Masters just around the corner, the beginning of the 2020 golf season is in full force.  

The PGA Tour is currently playing down the East Coast of the United States, down to Florida and will make a couple quick stops in the Carribean at the Puntacana Resort & Club and San Antonio, Texas for the Valero Texas Open before finally arriving at Augusta National on April 9.

Tiger Woods

A lot can happen between now and then but as it stands here are the odds for the favorites to win at the Masters:

  • Rory McIlroy – 9 to 1
  • Brooks Koepka – 12 to 1
  • Dustin Johnson – 14 to 1
  • Justin Thomas – 14 to 1
  • Jon Rahm – 14 to 1
  • Tiger Woods – 16 to 1

Let’s take a closer look at each of the players year so far in the 2020 season of the PGA Tour:

Rory McIlroy

The Irishman was able to claim the #1 ranking by the Official World Golf Ranking in February this year.  Finishing the 2019 season with 5 straight top 6 finishes, Rory continued the momentum by winning the 2020 World Golf Championship-HSBC Champions by beating the defending champ Xander Schauffele in a playoff.

  • World Golf Rank: 1
  • Events Played: 5
  • Wins: 1
  • Top 10’s: 5
  • Prize Money: $3,501,990
  • Scoring Avg: 68.205

Brooks Koepka

The former #1 rank by the Official World Golf Ranking has been dealing with some health issues lately.  A knee injury didn’t allow him to participate in the Presidents Cup back in December 2019. For the 2020 season, he’s only been able to play in 4 events, withdrawing from 1 event due to the same knee injury, missing the cut twice, and with his best finish being a tie for 43rd.  Nevertheless the current defending PGA Champion is a force to be reckoned with when healthy.

  • World Golf Rank: 3
  • Events Played: 4
  • Wins: 0
  • Top 10’s: 0
  • Prize Money: $32,085
  • Scoring Avg: 71.760

Dustin Johnson

The 2016 US Open champion has a couple Top 10 finishes in the 2020 season, with a 7th place finish at The Sentry Tournament of Champions and a 10th place finish at The Genesis Invitational.  With only 1 win in 2019, DJ’s power can make him a favorite every week and should be watched closely at the 2020 Masters. Did you know DJ, holds the record for the longest drive recorded in PGA Tour event since 2010 with a whopping 463 yards!

  • World Golf Rank: 5
  • Events Played: 4
  • Wins: 0
  • Top 10’s: 2 
  • Prize Money: $529,875
  • Scoring Avg: 70.736

Justin Thomas

8 events played, 2 wins, and 5 Top 10’s, JT is having an amazing start to the 2020 season.  With only 1 win in 2019 at the BMW Championship, he’s looking to have a breakout year similar to 2017 when he won 5 times including his 1 major at the PGA Championship at Quail Hollow.  You can never count out this Young Gun when

  • World Golf Rank: 4
  • Events Played: 8
  • Wins: 2
  • Top 10’s: 5 
  • Prize Money: $4,214,477
  • Scoring Avg: 69.231

Jon Rahm

The young Spainiard is currently the #2 ranked golfer according to the Official World Golf Rankings. Despite not getting his 1st win of the 2020 season, Jon has only played in 5 events but already has 4 Top 10s.  At only 25 years of age, he is the youngest golfer on this list. Don't be fooled, Jon was the top ranked amatuer golfer for a record breaking 60 weeks and could be on the verge of capturing the 1st major in his young career.

  • World Golf Rank: 2
  • Events Played: 5
  • Wins: 0
  • Top 10’s: 4 
  • Prize Money: $1,895,143
  • Scoring Avg: 69.353

Tiger Woods

The man who needs no introduction…Tiger.  At 44 years old and being a pro for nearly 24 years, Tiger is by far one of the oldest favorites to win the Masters in 2020.  Looking for major win #16 will Tiger one step closer to tying the Golden Bear’s record of 18 majors? Although he’s been dealing with some back stiffness as of late, don’t count the old man out yet, especially being the defending champ.

  • World Golf Rank: 11
  • Events Played: 3
  • Wins: 1
  • Top 10’s: 2 
  • Prize Money: $1,956,312
  • Scoring Avg: 69.735

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