Tiger Woods is one of the rarest players to have claimed the Green Jacket five times in his illustrious career. Patrick Reed offered the Jacket to Tiger in 2019 but questions arise here is who will win the Green Jacket in 2021?
The champion golfer, Tiger Woods will be out of action at Masters due to the injury that he sustained at the February car crash in Los Angeles. Overall, this is the fourth time; Tiger won’t participate in the Masters.
He couldn’t participate at the Masters Championship in 2014, 2016, and 2017 respectively, too because of injuries.
Anyway, the Masters championship is back with all its glory. The Masters Tournament will run from April 08–11, 2021, at Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia, United States.
The practice rounds will start from Monday, April 5th, and continue through Wednesday, April 7th—thereafter participants will compete for the whopping prize money of $11,500,000 up for grabs.
Last year, Dustin Johnson won the Masters 2020 tournament setting a new world record of 72-hole previously set by Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth.
Who Are The Top Contenders?
Dustin Johnson has an edge to win the coveted Green Jacket. But it won’t be easy for Jonhson to emerge victorious so easily. With several top golfers in the fray, anybody can win the championship.
This year’s Masters is an open contest and one who holds the nerve till the end will eventually claim the Green Jacket.
Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau are the top three names to win the Green Jacket. Other prominent contenders are Rory Mcllory, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth. All of them are in good form and will try their best.
The Green Jacket: Key Points
- Since 1996, only two players: Tiger Woods (1997) and Jordan Spieth (2015) have won the Masters as U-25 players. Identically, both players were 21 when they won the Masters.
- Only Mark O’Meara (1998) and Woods (2019) have won the tournament as 40+ players in the history of the Masters since 1996.
- The 47-year-old, Lee Westwood will try everything possible to win the Masters. However, it is always better to analyse and hopeful that someone below 40 will become victorious.
The Masters Championship: Over the Years
The American golfers have a stronghold over the Masters. They have claimed the Green Jacket 15 times out of 25. In the last three editions of the Masters, they have consecutively won all of them.
The latest trends suggest that the Masters Champion, this year, will be again someone from the world’s top 30 golfers from the World Golf Ranking PGA Tour. There will be fierce competition from all sides as each golfer will reserve their best performance for the Masters.
It must be noted here that out of the last 25 winners at the Masters, 16 of them registered top-five spots at the Masters. Thus, the eventuality of winning the Green Jacket ultimately comes down to the top 5 performers at the Masters. However, past trends may or may not reflect the future performance of the players.
Another interesting trend is the fact that whoever won Masters performed exceedingly well in the last edition of the same tournament. So while analysing, if you consider a golfer’s last two performances, points, and world ranking, then it becomes easier to guess who will win the Green Jacket at the current Masters.
Top 5 Players to Watch Out For at the Masters 2021
#5) Brooks Koepka — Missed out on Winning Masters 2019 with a whisker before finishing up as a runner-up.
#4) Justin Thomas — Won Players Championship and is currently ranked #2.
#3) Patrick Reed— A former Masters champion and is world’s #7.
#2) Webb Simpson — He was the 10th best player at Masters 2019.
#1) Dustin Johnson — The Current Masters Champion and is the world’s #1.
The prestigious Masters championship is all about anxiety, analyses, delving deep into player’s statistics, and witnessing the never-seen-before excitement. This year, with several important and world’s top-ranked players in the fray, the tournament has got bigger and more entertaining than ever.
However, the winner of the tournament needs to stay calm, composed and dedicated throughout the tournament. Else his performance is likely to suffer.
There are a few traits that separate a simple golfer from champions who want to win the Green Jacket. These traits are momentum on his side, the experience of playing in big matches and tournaments, and a winning mindset.
Thus, all players will have to play like a champion from their very first match if they really want to top the point table and stake a claim on the Green Jacket.