Rory McIlroy is the favourite to win his first Masters title and maybe the stars are aligned for the Northern Irishman this year.

Five consecutive top-six finishes preceded victory in the Players Championship and the way in which he held his nerve to close out at Sawgrass bodes well for this week’s challenge.

If his putter is working, the world number three is certainly the man to beat as he is peerless tee to green.

Dustin Johnson is another who has yet to slip a Green Jacket on his shoulders and he is also in red-hot form at the moment.

Victory in the WGC-Mexico Championship followed on from success on the European Tour at the Saudi International, while he shared fifth at the Players.

The world number two, best priced at 12/1, seldom has a bad tournament, with no missed cuts in 2019 to date, and he seems to have the game to do well at Augusta.

Jon Rahm finished fourth in last year’s Masters and appears ready to take the next step by winning his first major.

The Spaniard also tied for fourth in the 2018 US PGA Championship and, ranked eighth in the world, is clearly now at home among the big boys.

The 24-year-old claimed the Hero World Challenge and has six top-10s under his belt this season already, so it would be no surprise to see him in contention on Sunday.

Rahm can be backed at 18/1 in some places and that seems good value for a major winner in waiting.