The 2009 Masters tournament will take place this weekend in Augusta, Georgia, and end on Sunday when one golfer will be given the privilege of wearing the fabled green jacket. The first major golf tournament of the year will have countless storyline to keep even the most casual of golf fans glued to the television.
Here are the golfers who are entering the tournament as heavy favorites to come away with the victory.
2009 Masters Favorite # 1 – Tiger Woods
The immortal golf legend, Tiger Woods, will be playing in his first major in the last 10 months. How will this layoff affects Tiger Woods, who has not won the Masters tournament since 2005?
The key factor for Tiger Woods in his quest to win his sixth Masters is the man’s competitive side. Since his return to the field, Tiger has shown no ill signs of his knee injury and looks to be at the top of his game for the 2009 Masters. If he can stay within striking distance by the final day, anything is possible when Tiger is on the prowl.
2009 Masters Favorite # 2 – Phil Mickelson
Since 2004, there has only been one golfer who has won the Masters tournament more than once and that man is Phil Mickelson. Phil Mickelson has been on fire, winning the last two tournaments he participated in and he will be looking to carry the momentum into the 2009 Masters. If Phil Mickelson can maintain solid drive play during the tournament, his iron game and putting should keep him in contention. The tournament officials would love to see Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods leading the pack as they head into the final day of the 2009 Masters.
2009 Masters Favorite # 3 – Paddy Harrington
Paddy Harrington has been a man on fire, winning two straight major tournaments. That reason alone is why Paddy Harrington is ranked near the top of the favorites list. But are his recent victories going to be enough for him to win the 2009 Masters? The newest version of the Masters gold course at Augusta requires the golfer to have an above average short game, something that Paddy Harrington has struggled with in the past. Paddy Harrington should have a chance to capture his third straight majors if the top of the field has issues feeling out the course.
2009 Masters Favorite # 4 – Geoff Ogilvy
Geoff Ogilvy is looking to become the first Australian born player to earn the right to wear the green jacket by claiming the victory at the 2009 Masters. He has already been on fire since the start of the 2009 season, earning two victories out of 7 events. Geoff Ogilvy is already on the top of the PGA money earnings list at this point in the season. If Geoff Ogilvy can refrain from those crazy blowups that he experienced in Augusta back in 2007, his high iron shots and long drives should keep him in contention through Sunday.