Apr 8, 2018; Augusta, GA, USA; A general view of Rory McIlroy and Patrick Reed on the 2nd green during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports PGA: Masters Tournament - Final Round

The Masters – is Rory heading for history?

Rory McIlroy is favourite to win The Masters, which would seal his place in golfing history as the first ever European to claim the Golfing Grand Slam.

Only five players in history have ever won Golf’s Grand Slam – that is winning every major tournament.

Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods along with the only non-American Gary Player – are the players to have achieved golf’s greatest feat.

A number of players have missed out on the Grand Slam, by just one tournament, and some are still chasing the Holy Grail of golf.

Some of the greatest players ever to pick up a club such as Tom Watson, Arnold Palmer and Walter Hagen were all one short, whilst legends such as Seve Ballesteros, Sir Nick Faldo and Greg Norman did not even get that close, which just shows how difficult it is to win all four majors.

Now McIlroy has the chance to join the distinguished group this week as he only has a Masters green jacket missing from his trophy cabinet.

Players one Major short of Grand Slam
Player Missing Major
Walter Hagen Masters Tournament
Jim Barnes Masters Tournament
Lee Trevino Masters Tournament
Rory McIlroy Masters Tournament
Tommy Armour Masters Tournament
Sam Snead US Open
Harold Hilton US Open
Phil Mickelson US Open
Byron Nelson The Open Championship
Raymond Floyd The Open Championship
Tom Watson PGA Championship
Arnold Palmer PGA Championship
Jordan Spieth PGA Championship

Jordan Spieth and Phil Mickelson are current players who are also just one short, but they need other Majors to complete their Grand Slam.

Spieth needs the PGA, whilst Mickelson only needs a US Open.

But as it stands McIlroy gets first chance at Augusta and he is clear favourite to take the title in Georgia, as short as 6/1 with some Bookmakers.

OddsMonkey spokesman Peter Watton: “The golfing Grand Slam is an almost mystical feat, in the last 50 years only Tiger Woods has done it, and the fact no European has done it – just shows how hard it is.

“Rory McIlroy is now firm favourite to win at Augusta this week, which would give him the final leg of his four wins.

“But at 6/1 he does look very short, and he isn’t the bargain price – although should he be leading early on, his odds will be cut further.

“In term of other European contenders – Justin Rose is a big fancy and third favourite at 12/1, whilst Open champion Francesco Molinari is 20/1.

“And what about Tiger? could he complete one of the greatest comebacks in history by sealing another major – it is 12/1 on him.”

Selected Masters odds:
Rory McIlroy 6/1
Dustin Johnson 8/1
Justin Rose 12/1
Tiger Woods 12/1
Justin Thomas 14/1
Jon Rahm 14/1
Rickie Fowler 14/1
Jordan Spieth 16/1
Brooks Koepka 16/1
Bryson DeChambeau 20/1
Paul Casey 20/1
Francesco Molinari 20/1
Jason Day 20/1
Tommy Fleetwood 20/1

*Odds correct at time of writing

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