The Masters 2018: Why Tiger Woods is a long shot, not the favourite, at Augusta National

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Tiger Woods is once more related on the PGA Tour, however he’ll not win the 2018 Masters. He should not even be listed amongst the favorites. 

Regardless of Woods’ shocking sharp type coming off his fourth again surgical procedure since 2014, he’s not able to win a main championship. Actually, he hasn’t proved he’s able to win something. Woods gained 5 PGA Tour occasions in 2013, however he has simply three prime-10 finishes since. That’s not precisely the sort of report you need to see heading into the yr’s first main championship.

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For a number of causes, Woods ought to not be seen amongst the favorites this week. One, there are a variety of golfers extra outfitted to win on Augusta National. Bubba Watson — twice a Masters winner — has returned to type with two wins already this season. Phil Mickelson additionally just lately rattled off a streak of 4 straight prime-six finishes, together with a win.

Left-handed golfers have a bonus at Augusta due to all the proper-to-left doglegs. Watson proved he might attain angles nobody else might in 2014 when he hit a 350-yard drive on the par-5 thirteenth gap over the tree line, leaving him with simply a wedge onto the inexperienced. Watson and Mickelson are each extra probably Masters winners this yr.

Guys like Dustin Johnson, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama are additionally extra more likely to win the Masters this yr than Woods. Thomas has gained seven occasions since the begin of the 2016-17 season, and Spieth has a win and a runner-up end already at Augusta. Day and Matsuyama have additionally been constant threats at Augusta, and Johnson stays the greatest participant in the world.

Additionally, be careful for Rory McIlroy. After two prime-three finishes to start out the yr on the European Tour, he struggled transitioning again to the PGA Tour. However a current win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational cured a few of his placing woes that had plagued him since 2015. McIlroy should face the inside demons of making an attempt to finish his profession grand slam, however he seems to be poised to take action ahead of later.

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The youthful era seemed a bit shell-shocked when Woods first began cropping up close to the prime of leaderboards, however they’ve since rebounded. Woods now faces a slate of challengers of their 20s and 30s, all of whom are enjoying with extra swing freedom.

Woods’ second principal problem for profitable the Masters is his age. The common age of Masters winners is simply over 32.5 years previous. Jack Nicklaus gained the event for a sixth time at forty six years previous, however that is the exception. The common age of main champion winners in common is slightly below 32 years previous, leaving Woods, forty two, nicely over the common line.

Whereas Woods has proved able to defying odds, and a few might throw his age out the window, it’s necessary to recollect Woods has not gained a main since the 2008 U.S. Open.

Age might not be the largest deterring issue inhibiting Woods from profitable this week at Augusta, nevertheless it ought to be thought-about on Sunday when another person is slipping into the coveted inexperienced jacket.

Lastly, the course itself poses a problem for Woods’ Masters-profitable quest. The 14-time main champion has not gained the Masters since 2005 — 10 gamers have gained since Woods final conquered Augusta National. Course modifications have made the course higher fitted to the area, not simply a specific participant. Although Woods was a fixed menace from 2006-thirteen at Augusta, he did not get the job achieved.

With over a decade separating him from his final Masters win, and three years separating him from his final look at the occasion, it looks like a long shot Woods will defeat the area and earn his fifteenth main title this week.