Golfing greats will congregate at Augusta National Golf Club from 3 to 9 April for the 83rd US Masters competition which forms one of the four annual majors. For those looking to make some money off this prestigious event, below is a brief on the top six green jacket-contenders this year.

1. Jordan Spieth 

This 23-year-old Texan will desperately be looking to right the wrongs of the 2016 US Masters where he lost a five-shot lead on the back nine resulting in an epic public meltdown. This young golfing star catapulted to fame, twice winning the US Junior Amateur Championship before turning pro in 2012. In 2015 he took the Masters and US Open titles, so he certainly has what it takes to go all the way. He also placed among 50 leaders on the Final Official World Golf Ranking in 2016.

Betting odds: 13/2

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2. Dustin Johnson 

Fellow American, Dustin ‘DJ’ Johnson, is the current World Number 1 which is a title he will be working hard to retain. Last year the 32-year-old won the US Open with a four-under-par score of 276, made all the more impressive by the fact that this was his first major championship. Johnson has four World Golf Championship victories to his name and, in the 2011 Open Championship and 2015 US Open, he just missed out on the top spot, completing in a tie for second place.

Betting odds: 7/1

3. Rory McIIroy 

A crowd favourite, this 27-year-old Northern Irish star has held the World Number 1 spot on the Official World Golf Ranking for an incredible 95 weeks. McIlroy is a four-time major champion, taking the 2011 US Open with the record lowest score of 16 under par; the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championship – with the largest victory margin of 8 strokes in 2012 – as well as the 2014 Open Championship.

Betting odds: 7/1

4. Jason Day 

This 29-year-old Australian is definitely one to watch out for having first claimed the World Number 1 spot in 2015. He won the World Golf Championship in both 2014 and 2016, winning his first major tournament at the 2015 PGA Championship with a record score of 20 strokes under par. He is known for his ambition to be ‘one of the greats of the game’ and has been quoted as saying ‘I’m very motivated to win as much as I can right now’. With 10 wins on the PGA Tour – just one behind Rory McIlroy – and only the third number 1 player to win The Players Championship, Day is on track for great things.

Betting odds 12/1

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5. Hideki Matsuyama 

A four-time PGA Tour and eight-time Japan Golf Tour winner, 25-year-old Matsuyama is putting Japan firmly on the international golfing circuit. Earlier this year he showed his talent, winning the Waste Management Phoenix Open with a 10-foot birdie putt on the short par-4 17th, the same spot where he took the title from Rickie Fowler in 2016. He has four PGA Tour titles and won another four worldwide tournaments in last year, including the WGC-HSBC Champions in China and the Tiger Woods’ Hero World Challenge.

Betting odds 18/1

6. Henrik Stenson

The first Swedish player to win a major champion, Stenson is certainly the oldest of the top six favourites – at 40 years old – but this just translates into more experience under pressure. He nabbed the European Tour Golfer of the Year in 2013 and 2016 and has reached the World Number 2 ranking with 250 weeks in the World Top 10. Stenson also won the 2016 Open Championship with a major championship record score of 264, beating out Phil Mickelson with some of the best shots of his life – including 10 birdies and a 50-foot putt across the 15th green.

Betting odds 28/1

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