Back to win: Jon Rahm
Everyone is talking about the PGA Tour’s ‘Big Three’ of Scottie Scheffler, Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm this week, as the trio arrive at Augusta as the undisputed best three players in the world.
World No. 1 Scheffler is a formidable favourite after winning by three shots last year, but nobody has successfully defended the Green Jacket since Tiger Woods in 2002, so it’s worth swerving him at a short price.
McIlroy, meanwhile, hasn’t won a major in over eight years. His T2 last year came as a result of a Sunday charge after he was out of contention, and the weight of pursuing the career grand slam seems to have been too much for him at Augusta in recent years.
Rahm looks the best bet at the biggest price of the three. The Spaniard already has three wins in 2023 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, The American Express and the Genesis Invitational, plus a third-place finish at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
He disappointed at the majors last year, but Rahm finished in the top eight at all four in 2021, including his US Open win at Torrey Pines. With nine top-10s in his last 19 major starts, he’s proven himself as one of the most consistent contenders at the world’s biggest events.
Rahm has four top-10 finishes at Augusta in six starts, so this is clearly a course that suits his game and he has a massive chance this week.
Each-way shout: Jason Day
Day won the PGA Championship back in 2015 and has yet to add to his major tally, but he looks a good bet to take advantage of Betway paying 12 places this week.
The Aussie has been in brilliant form in 2023 so far, finishing inside the top 20 in all seven of his starts. That run includes a fifth-place finish at the Phoenix Open, top-10s at the Genesis and Arnold Palmer, and a quarter-final spot in the WGC Match Play.
This has been one of Day’s best runs of form since he was the world No. 1 in the mid-2010s, and he ranks inside the top 15 in shots gained from putting, tee-to-green, scrambling and total shots gained on the PGA Tour this year.
He’s struggled on his last couple of visits to Augusta, but has finished second, third and fifth at the Masters in the past and looks poised to put in another big performance this week.
Outside shot: Kurt Kitayama
Kitayama will be full of confidence at the Masters after earning by far the biggest win of his career at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month.
The American saw off Rory McIlroy and Harris English by a single stroke to triumph at one of the most prestigious events on the PGA Tour.
Kitayama’s playing the best golf of his career, having also progressed to the quarter-finals at the WGC Match Play in his last start a fortnight ago.
A win on debut at the Masters is a tough task, but few players are playing as well as Kitayama at this price so he’s worth an each-way bet.