Golf: US Masters 2015 Preview

World number one Rory McIlroy will be hoping to complete a career Grand Slam and don the famous green jacket when the US Masters starts on Thursday. Eventmasters guests will have the chance to see McIlroy in action at the 2015 Open Championships, where we will be providing the very best VIP corporate hospitality packages.

The first major of the year is without doubt one of the best sporting events in the world and takes place amongst the stunning scenery of the historic course at Augusta. The field is once again packed with stars including defending champion Bubba Watson, young gun Jordan Spieth and of course McIlroy.

We take a look at some of the players who could be in contention come Sunday evening.

Rory McIlroy

The world number one will complete a career Grand Slam at the age of 25 should he emerge victorious come Sunday. While the Northern Irishman has breezed to victory in the other three majors, he has struggled to produce his best golf at Augusta and his best finish was eighth place in 2014. There is no doubt he has the talent but can he finally get the better of this course?

Dustin Johnson

The big hitting American has looked better than ever since returning from his six month absence. He was hugely impressive when winning the WGC Championship at Doral last month. His power off the tee is as good as ever (ranks first on the PGA Tour in driving distance) and with the added maturity in his game he will surely go close to securing a first major title.

Bubba Watson

The two time Masters champion arrives at Augusta in good form and nobody would be surprised to see him claim his third green jacket. The world number three is tied second in driving distance and 12th in putting this season and his play has been very consistent. He finished third at the WGC Championship at Doral last month and looks in a much better state to defend his title than he was in 2013.

Jordan Spieth

The world number four finished second on his first ever Augusta start last season and looks primed to make another run at the title this year. In his last three tournaments he has two second place finishes and victory during the Valspar Championship. Will have learnt from his experiences at Augusta last season and is a major player.

Jason Day

The Australian has twice come close to claiming his first green jacket and will be hoping to make it third time lucky in 2015. He won the Farmers Insurance Open in February and has posted consistent efforts since then. We know he loves the course and has the talent, but can he finish the job this time around?

Verdict

This year’s renewal of the Masters may just be the most competitive we’ve seen with several top players all in with a chance. Rory McIlroy is the favourite but his inconsistent form at Augusta is worrying. In contrast Bubba Watson comes alive around this famous course and is a big danger. But this could be Dustin Johnson’s time to shine, he looks a much more mature player since returning from his absence and his powerful driving could give him the edge.