The 2021 Masters tournament gets underway this afternoon, at the iconic Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia.
It's set to be an enthralling four days of golfing action, with the first of the sport's four Majors – and, of course – the iconic Green Jacket up for grabs. Oh, and a grand prize of $2,070,000, which is better than a kick in the teeth.
Just five months ago, world number one Dustin Johnson won the 84th edition of the competition, which was postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. He'll be looking to become the first golfer since Tiger Woods to win the Masters two times in a row – a feat the legend achieved after winning in both 2001 and 2002.
Here's OddsChecker's latest rundown of the favourites for the competition, as the excitement continues to build ahead of the first round:
1. Brooks Koepka - 25/1
He's just had a knee operation, but has claimed he's willing to battle through the pain barrier to win the competition. The world number 12 has won four Majors in the past, and is overdue a return to form. Photo: Kevin C. Cox
2. Collin Morikawa - 20/1
Tipped as an intriguing outsider, Collin Morikawa could be one to look out for. He ended Brooks Koepka's PGA tournament-winning streak by winning the competition in California last year. Photo: Mike Ehrmann
3. Xander Schauffele - 20/1
He, alongside Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, tied for second place back in the 2019 Masters, so Schauffele has proven he can impress at Augusta. He's not exactly in the form of his life at the moment, though. Photo: Jared C. Tilton
4. Patrick Cantlay - 18/1
With three PGA Tour wins to his name, the 29-year-old is eager to take his game to the next level and claim his first Major. The course is said to favour his style of play, but he doesn't look to be a real contender just yet. Photo: Jared C. Tilton