It’s finally here! The 2010 Masters Tournament. Below are my final power rankings for this tournament. Not a lot has changed since last week although I did drop Paul Casey to #10 and replaced him with Anthony Kim who was awesome in this past week’s Shell Houston Open.
PGA Tour: 2010 Masters Power Rankings
** Odds listed in golf sportsbook To Win
- Padraig Harrington +1500 - - The good news about Paddy’s play in the Shell Houston Open is that he started off shooting a 69 in the first two rounds. The bad news is that he shot a 72 and 77 in rounds 3 and 4. Of course, my thinking is that Paddy used the 3rd and 4th rounds to try out some new shots. He should be much tighter this week at Augusta.
- Ernie Els +800 - - Els was obviously using the Shell Houston Open to tighten his game out. He experimented greatly in the first three rounds of the tournament before settling in with a 69 on Sunday. Els is still the hottest and most focused golfer in the world right now. Bet against him at your own risk, my friends.
- Phil Mickelson +1000 - - After that 1st round 69 Lefty shot a 76, 70 and 71. Phil still has only finished in the Top 10 once this year and that was at Pebble Beach. Maybe, now that the shine will be on Tiger, Phil can actually play golf and not worry about living up to expectations.
- Tiger Woods +450 - - Man, he looked good and sounded good in Monday’s press conference. Really, really good. The truth is that his new-found calmness can work either way. If he doesn’t have the right emotions going, he might not play well. If he does, then he might turn into jerk-off Tiger again. Either way, at the odds of +450, he became a somewhat better wager than he was at +300 last week…somewhat.
- Steve Stricker +1500 - - Stricker isn’t the #2 ranked player in the world anymore after Ernie Els won his second straight tournament but that’s okay. Steve took the Shell Houston Open off to concentrate on the Masters. At 15 to 1, he’s a serous dark horse to beat Tiger, Els, Lefty and Paddy.
- Anthony Kim +3000 - - He tried to lose the Shell Houston Open by missing that par putt on the 18th and getting into a playoff with Vaughn Taylor, but then he settled down and played terrifically in that playoff. Kim is a serious threat to win the Masters because he holds the record for the most birdies in a single round, 11.
- Lee Westwood +2000 - - Out of the most well known golfers who played this past week in the Shell Houston Open, Westwood did the best. The man shot an 8 under, including a 69 1st round and 68 2nd round to show the Americans that, yes, he’s ready to win his first Masters Tournament. Like Stricker, he has to be considered a serious dark horse in this.
- Retief Goosen +2200 - - Goosen finished 2nd at the Masters in 2002 and 2nd in 2007. He obviously knows the course and could be in line to receive the 1st green jacket of his career. He skipped last week’s Shell Houston Open.
- Camilo Villegas +2000 - - Villegas’s best finish was a 13th in the 2009 Masters, but he’s having the best year of his career so far in 2010 with a victory in the Honda Classic and a 3rd place finish in the WGC-Accenture Match Play tournament. Like Goosen, Villegas skipped playing in the Shell Houston Open last week.
- Paul Casey +2400 - - Paul is hoping that the sore ribs won’t be an issue this week, but nobody will know except Paul. Of course, Paul has always been truthful about his injuries and I suspect he will be again. If you like him, then wait until the last moment before betting him because you might get 30 to 1 or higher on him. If he’s healthy, yes, he can win the 2010 Masters.
This week is the first major of the year, the 2010 Masters.