Masters Golf 2019 Live : The 2019 Masters may not have the same pop as last year’s run up to the men’s first major championship. Tiger Woods’ comeback is not as fresh, but it’s still an opportunity to watch him at the biggest event in the sport. We thought those opportunities had come and gone. Even Woods thought he was done playing this event, telling people at the 2017 Champions Dinner that his competitive career was over.
The 2019 Masters is nearly here, starting off the 83rd edition of this storied event at Augusta National. While this tournament does have the smallest field of any of the four golf majors, it boasts all the best talent on tour. In addition to the 20 past champions that will tee off beginning on Thursday—these players secure the right to compete in the Masters for life by earning a green jacket—there are 67 other contenders all seeking the glory that winning this tourney brings. It’s a tough major to predict a winner for, but some players are currently standing out as having the most potential to win the Masters in 2019.
Before seeing who pro handicapper Jon Price of has pegged to top the leaderboard at the conclusion of Sunday’s final round at Augusta National, have a look at the full schedule, tee times, pairings, TV and live stream coverage information, updated odds for the field and more for the Masters 2019.Winner — Rory McIlroy (7-1): Yes, he’s the favorite. Yes, he’s playing the hottest golf in the world right now. But I’ve been picking McIlroy in this space frequently over the last few years, and it’s been all for naught. Not this time. Not while I’m attending Augusta National for the first time and have watched him smoke the ball off the practice tees. Rory McIlroy is going to win the Masters. He’s the easy chose for a top 10 lock each year or a backdoor top five, but I think he gets it done here. Let’s just say … it’s in the air.
Sleeper — Adam Scott (40-1): I was tempted to go with Patrick Reed (50-1) here, until I remembered there has not been a back-to-back champion since Tiger Woods and there’s only been two in the last half-century. So sorry, Patrick, it just ain’t happening. Scott is exceedingly interesting with five top 15 finishes in his last eight Masters. It may only take him being in the zone on the greens Sunday to be the difference between another one of those finishes and a second green jacket.
Top 10 lock — Justin Thomas: My normal choice in this space is McIlroy — for obvious reasons — when I do not pick him to win. Instead, I default to Thomas because I sure am not going with my other secondary choice in Jordan Spieth. Seeing Thomas improve in each of his three outings at Augusta National has me believing.
Top 5 in order: Rory McIlroy, Tony Finau, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Justin Rose
Surprise prediction: Phil Mickelson will miss the cut. Lefty has missed two cuts in the last five Masters despite his stellar play over most of his career. It’s hot here in Augusta, and the Masters is going to get away from someone quickly. If Mickelson is not nails on Thursday, it may be over before it even starts for him.Wallace, making his Masters debut this week, went three rounds of sudden death with Sandy Lyle at Wednesday’s competition, winning with a birdie on the third hole.
“I wanted to hole that putt on the last (Wallace missed a birdie at the ninth), and I didn’t, and then went to a playoff and it got a little bit more serious than how the nine holes went,” Wallace said. “I guess I just I wanted to win this. I want to break history somewhat.”
Wallace tied Lyle with a five-under 22, which included this ace at No. 8:As Wallace alluded, no one has captured the Par 3 Contest and Masters in the same week. (Media members reminding their audiences no one has won the Par 3 and Masters in the same week: a true tradition unlike any other.) But there have been close calls, with Raymond Floyd (1990) and Chip Beck (1993) finishing runner-up.
Wallace, who won three times on the Euro Tour last season, will tee off with Bernhard Langer and Alvaro Ortiz at 12:10 p.m. on Thursday.
Finau returns to scene of crime
On April’s Fools Day, Tony Finau and Nike “released” the Finau1, a shoe with exaggerated ankle support. A sneaker that gave a not-so-subdued, and sardonic, nod to Finau’s gruesome injury at the 2018 Par 3 Contest.
However, Wednesday proved that fake boot is very much real, as the 29-year-old broke out the high, hightop at the seventh hole, the scene of the crime last spring.