2022 Masters Tournament Top Storylines

By Hank Blaine

Only a few days remain before the PGA TOUR pays another visit to timeless Augusta National for the 86th edition of the Masters Tournament. A couple of big-name veterans are grabbing headlines regarding their participation at The Masters this year (or lack thereof), and we’re here to cover the latest developments as we approach the long-awaited major tournament that’s ready to hand another green jacket to the next champion.

Nitrobetting is here to give the best tips from the betting greens and fairways. This time, let’s find out the top storylines heading into the 2022 Masters, as well as the latest golf odds for the first major tournament of the 2021-22 PGA TOUR season.

The Top 3 Storylines for the 2022 Masters Tournament

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Tiger on the Prowl

Nobody personifies excellency in The Masters like Tiger Woods, who won the covered major tournament five times in his career. Woods last won at Augusta in 2019, which proved to be the recently-crowned World Golf Hall of Famer’s last big victory on the PGA TOUR.

Many are high on Woods’ possible return to the greens after he’s gone through personal issues and injuries of late, as he was seen participating in a handful of golf events earlier this year, including one with his own son, Charlie. As of now, though, Woods has not officially declared his participation at the 2022 Masters Tournament despite receiving an automatic invite from the TOUR as a former Masters champion.

Mh3>A Sudden Left(y) Turn

While golf fans are eagerly awaiting the return of a top-flight veteran in Woods, the same could not be said about another long-timer on the PGA TOUR circuit in Phil Mickelson.

Mickelson has recently been criticized for his support of the Saudi Arabia-backed Super Golf League in an interview by neglecting to address the ongoing issues regarding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and several members of the LGBT community. In the wake of this news, Mickelson lost a couple of huge sponsors in KPMG and Amstel Light.

In turn, the three-time Masters champion made the tough decision of sitting out the Masters Tournament for the first time since 1994. Mickelson stated that he’ll take an indefinite leave from the game to spend time with his family, with Lefty also left to ponder on his actions that have implications reaching far beyond the realm of the golf links.

Another Matsuya-Masters Run?

Hideki Matsuyama made history last season by becoming the first Japan-born player to win The Masters. As of this writing, Matsuyama is a relative sleeper pick to repeat as champion with a price of (+2,500). The 30-year-old standout secured two PGA TOUR wins after his victory at Augusta: the Zozo Championship in October and the Sony Open in Hawaii earlier this February.

However, Matsuyama is outclassed odds-wise by another elite golfer from the field, as Jon Rahm is currently the odds-on favorite to win the 2022 Masters at (+850). Rahm won his first and only major tournament last year in the U.S. Open, with his best finish at Augusta being a solo fourth-place finish in 2018.

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