Golf: The Masters 2024 Preview - Nothing Else Like It

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Darren Cooper
PGA Sports News


  • The 88th playing of The Masters tees off Thursday at Augusta National - although rain is forecast for the first day.
  • John Rahm is defending champion after his four-stroke win in 2023 over Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson. Since winning the green jacket, Rahm joined the LIV Golf Tour.
  • Tiger Woods is in the field, trying to set the record for most consecutive Masters cuts made at 24.

Every sports fan in Michigan needs to see The Masters at least once. 

It’s one of the signature events on the American sports calendar with its history, lush scenes, décor and unique traditions. Winning a green jacket at The Masters makes you a household name and a legend in the golf world.

Masters week is a big deal at Michigan Sportsbooks. BetMGM has odds on the overall winner - Scottie Scheffler is the favorite at +400 - plus bets on each round leader, head-to-head match-ups and props like whether a LIV Tour player will win. BetRivers has a full slate of bets on The Masters, including Woods at +15000 to win it all.

The PGA Tour stops in Michigan at the end of June for the Rocket Mortgage Classic at Detroit Golf Club.

The Masters 2024 Storylines 

The 48-year-old Woods is in the field as a five-time champ and has won 15 major titles, but he hasn’t been the same since his serious car crash in 2021. He left The Masters early in 2023 after aggravating plantar fasciitis in his foot and his back is still messed up. But he’s still Tiger and it’s still the Masters, so you know he will get plenty of attention.

Scheffler has been the best player on the PGA Tour so far this season and is the world’s No. 1 golfer by a large margin. He has two wins and a runner-up finish in his last three starts…and that’s just plain ridiculous. He won his green jacket in 2022 and if his putter is merely average, he should win.

While the LIV Tour and PGA Tour are slated to merge, there’s still some animosity on both sides of the driving range. That always makes things spicy.

The True Contenders 

Nobody has repeated as Masters champion since Tiger (who else?) back in 2001-2002. In fact, only three players have ever done it. Rahm is a bit of an unknown coming into Augusta from the LIV Tour, since the competition there is seen as inferior to the PGA Tour. But we all thought that last year and LIV players dominated The Masters.

Rory McIlroy is always on the contenders list, but it has been 10 years since his last major victory, the 2014 PGA Tour. The 34-year-old is trying to complete the career Grand Slam and might be veering into sentimental (not real) favorite.

The all-time low score at a round in The Masters is 63 and not held by Tiger, but by Nick Price and Greg Norman, who did it in 1986 and 1996, respectively.

Worth A Look 

The Masters features a true international field, plus a talented crop of rookies. We’ve already told you about Swedish rookie Ludvig Aberg, who will be played in his first “U.S.” Masters after winning the European Masters and competing for Team Europe in the Ryder Cup.

Wyndham Clark will be playing in his first Masters after winning the U.S. Open in 2023. The last competitor in the field is Akshay Bhatia, who survived an epic collapse and playoff to win the Valero Open last week in Texas.

No rookie has won The Masters since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979.

Born and raised in Louisiana, Darren Cooper has a fond appreciation for bayous, Mardi Gras beads and the sports betting industry. Darren has worked for multiple print and online publications since 1998, primarily as a sports columnist in the Northeast. He’s covered a Super Bowl (it was a blowout), the World Series (same) and the NBA Draft (man, those guys are tall). For the last few years he’s dug deep into the sports gambling industry as it exploded across America, learning how the legal sausage is made and how while all the sportsbooks look the same, they all have different identities and styles. He’s learned to always bet within his means -- and take the under. When not in front of his computer creating, Darren spends time with his three boys. He runs, reads and is always looking for the next big thing to write about.