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Rory McIlroy has played eight times this season. He’s finished in the top 10 all eight times and won once, at The Players Championship.

The 29-year-old from Northern Ireland will get his second win this week at the 83rd Masters. It will complete a career Grand Slam for McIlroy and exorcise a lot of demons along the way.

“I truly believe that when Rory is at his best, he’s better than anybody in the game, and I think people understand that,” ESPN golf analyst Andy North said. “They understand that when he gets going, it’s scary. People love the guy that can hit it hard, and this is a little guy hitting it eight miles. I think people understand that, and he is so likable.

“You know, there’s not a lot of guys that you watch because you don’t know what’s going to happen. I mean, with Rory, you still feel like something can go wrong, and I think people like that. You know, will he miss the 8-footer he needs to make or will he lose concentration or two holes or three holes and let something slip. But when he’s good, he’s pretty much unbeatable when he’s at his best.”

McIroy is most famous at Augusta National Golf Club for blowing a four-shot, final round lead in 2011, posting an 80 in his final round. He was in the final group in last year’s Masters, and didn’t exactly melt down but didn’t rise to challenge playing partner and eventual champion Patrick Reed either.

McIroy, who is second in the FedEx Cup standings this year, is taking a new, laid-back mental approach this year. He finally seems comfortable two years into a switch to TaylorMade equipment, and he’s the betting favorite to earn a green jacket.

Besides, he’s already had his meltdown this year.

2019 Masters Schedule

Thursday to Sunday (April 11-14) at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia

2019 Masters Betting Favorites

According to SportsLine.com

Rory McIlory 8/1

Dustin Johnson 10/1

Justin Rose 12/1

Tiger Woods 12/1

Rickie Fowler 14/1

Jon Rahm 16/1

Jordan Spieth 16/1

Justin Thomas 16/1

Tommy Fleetwood 20/1

Brooks Koepka 20/1

Francesco Molinari 20/1

Jason Day 25/1

Bryson DeChambeau 25/1

Bubba Watson 25/1

Paul Casey 30/1

Hideki Matsuyama 30/1

Tony Finau 35/1

Louis Oosthuizen 35/1

Matt Kuchar 40/1

Xander Schauffele 40/1

Adam Scott 40/1

Marc Leishman 50/1

Phil Mickelson 50/1

How to Watch 2019 Masters

TV

Thursday, 3 to 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Friday, 3 to 7:30 p.m., ESPN

Saturday, 3 to 7 p.m., CBS

Sunday, 2 to 7 p.m., CBS

Stream

Masters.com

2019 Masters Field

Kiradech Aphibarnrat

Lucas Bjerregaard

Devon Bling (a)

Keegan Bradley

Angel Cabrera

Rafael Cabrera-Bello

Patrick Cantlay

Paul Casey

Stewart Cink

Fred Couples

Jason Day

Bryson DeChambeau

Tony Finau

Matthew Fitzpatrick

Tommy Fleetwood

Rickie Fowler

Sergio Garcia

Branden Grace

Emiliano Grillo

Justin Harding

Tyrrell Hatton

Charley Hoffman

J.B. Holmes

Billy Horschel

Viktor Hovland (a)

Charles Howell III

Shugo Imahara (special invite)

Trevor Immelman

Dustin Johnson

Zach Johnson

Takumi Kanaya (a)

Martin Kaymer

Michael Kim

Si Woo Kim

Kevin Kisner

Patton Kizzire

Brooks Koepka

Satoshi Kodaira

Matt Kuchar

Andrew Landry

Bernhard Langer

Marc Leishman

Li Haotong

Adam Long

Shane Lowry

Sandy Lyle

Hideki Matsuyama

Rory McIlroy

Phil Mickelson

Keith Mitchell

Larry Mize

Francesco Molinari

Kevin Na

Alex Noren

Kevin O’Connell (a)

Jose Maria Olazabal

Thorbjorn Olesen

Louis Oosthuizen

Alvaro Ortiz (a)

Eddie Pepperell

Ian Poulter

Jon Rahm

Jovan Rebula (a)

Patrick Reed

Justin Rose

Charl Schwartzel

Adam Scott

Xander Schauffele

Webb Simpson

Vijay Singh

Cameron Smith

Brandt Snedeker

Jordan Spieth

Kyle Stanley

Henrik Stenson

Justin Thomas

Kevin Tway

Jimmy Walker

Matt Wallace

Bubba Watson

Mike Weir

Aaron Wise

Danny Willett

Ian Woosnam

Gary Woodland

Tiger Woods

Josh Kendall has covered SEC football for almost 20 years. He has covered the Gamecocks since the 2010 season. Have a question? Shoot him an email or find him on Twitter, and he’ll be happy to respond.

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