AUGUSTA,Ga. – Jason Day is riding a hot streak: he’s the world’s number one golfer. Vegas says he’s the man to beat, and so do many golf fans.
“Jason Day… I think he’s going to his way he’s got it together right now,” said Steve Beach who was enjoying Monday’s practice round.
Jordan Spieth is the defending champion. He’s the world’s second-ranked golfer. But, based on the history of Masters winners, the odds favor Spieth over Day. That’s because in the 79 past Masters Champions have won 60% of the time.
Why is that?
“That’s a great question. I’m not sure anybody has really figured that out I think it does take some time to familiarized yourself with the golf course get to know every nook and cranny and understand the greens,” said 2008 Masters Champion Trevor Immelman.
“I think you learn it when you learn it you have confidence about it but also you know what it takes down the stretch you’ve done it before that’s the same thing with me when I got lucky enough to win it the second time I knew what it was going to take down the stretch,” said Bubba Watson, who won the Masters twice: in 2012 and 2014.
“Once you feel like you’ve gone through it the emotional part of it you feel like you can handle it you know what to expect,” said Ben Crenshaw a two-time winner in ’84, and ’95.
“Why do people repeatedly win here? It’s talent. It’s ability. It’s talent. It’s hard work. It’s sacrifice. It’s dedication. That’s the only way I know how to answer that,” said Gary Player, who captured three Green Jackets: ’61, ’74 and ’78.
The odds aren’t with Jordon Spieth winning back to back. Only three other golfers have done that: Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods.