Masters 2024: Scheffler and McIlroy now head the Betting

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Attention has already begun shifting towards Augusta as we approach the first Major of the year. Jon Rahm won the famous green jacket in 2023, finishing 12 under to secure his second Major. However, two players have are now frontrunners to triumph in this year’s edition of the historic competition.
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February 15, 2024
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Scheffler and McIlroy the early frontrunners

Scottie Scheffler and Rory McIlroy are currently tied as favourites in the outright betting UK markets with a price of 15/2. Trailing the world number one and two is reigning champion Jon Rahm (9/1), however, there are some doubts about the Spaniard’s chances of winning the trophy back-to-back. According to Paddy Power news, only three players throughout history have successfully defended their Masters crown.

Scottie Scheffler wins Jack Nicklaus Award as PGA TOUR Player of the Year for the second consecutive season
Scottie Scheffler at the Charles Schwab Challenge golf tournament at Colonial Country Club (LM Otero/AP)

Since bursting onto the scene, Scheffler has been eerily consistent. Augusta was the location in which he secured his first Major title - he finished with a one-under final round to thwart a late comeback from McIlroy. Despite not getting his hands on a Major in 2023, Scheffler finished in the top 10 in three of the four competitions, including a T2 at the PGA Championship and a third-place finish at the U.S. Open.

McIlroy, the world number two, is one of those players where form is not necessarily a concern heading into Major tournaments. He is made for the big occasion. However, although he has four Major titles to his name, the Green Jacket has eluded him thus far. The closest he has come was that second-place finish to Scheffler in 2022, his fourth top-five finish in nine years.

BMW Championship Golf
Rory McIlroy watches his tee shot on the second hole during the first round of the BMW Championship (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Viktor Hovland on the Hunt for a first Major title

It seems to be a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ when it comes to Hovland. The Norwegian is destined for greatness but is yet to get over the line in a Major. Admittedly, 2023 was a breakthrough year for the 26-year-old as he finished T7 at the Masters and T2 at the PGA Championship.

However, it was his Ryder Cup performance that singled him out as a potential world-beater. The remarkable Saturday morning foursome saw Hovland lead the way in an epic 9 and 7 drubbing of Scheffler and Brooks Koepka. He then earned yet another crucial point on Sunday and beat Collin Morikawa comfortably as Europe went on to lift the Ryder Cup.

BMW Championship 2023 R4 - Viktor Hovland
Viktor Hovland carded a course record of 61 to win the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Hovland’s +2 final round at the 2023 Masters saw him finish six shots back from winner Rahm. Had he been at his best, there’s every chance he would have pushed the eventual victor all the way.

You cannot count out Jon Rahm

Jon Rahm was born to play at Augusta. His record in the Masters is incredibly impressive, especially as he topped off a string of top-10 finishes by finally getting his hands on the trophy in 2023.

Jon Rahm
Masters champion Jon Rahm is targeting more major success this season (David J. Phillip/AP)

Since 2018, Rahm has registered five top 10s in six tournaments. Undoubtedly, he'll be hovering around the top of the leaderboard again this year. Victory would cement him as an all-time great and one of only four players to defend their Masters title.

 

When is the Masters?

The Masters will take place at Augusta National, Georgia, from April 11th to April 14th. The field will be made up of the very best players from across the globe, each looking to earn a share of the $18,000,000 total prize purse and book a spot among

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(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
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About Andy Newmarch

Being one of the original owners of the ‘Top 100 Golf Courses’ website enabled Andy to travel far and wide playing and rating courses, with the numbers somewhere around 1200 courses in 40 countries. Although now away from the day-to-day grind of course ranking, having a keen eye on course developments is still high on the agenda. Currently hanging on to a handicap index of 9.9 he is probably as competitive on the course than ever but more often than not will compliment this by relaxing at the 19th hole to make up for the hard work!

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