A tradition unlike any other.

Augusta National hosts The Masters tournament in April for the first time since 2019, this weekend and the field is as stacked as ever. 

Dustin Johnson comes in as the defending champion and many believe he is the favorite to repeat. Players like Bryson Dechambeau and Jordan Spieth are finding their swing at the right time and could be in contention come Sunday tee-off.

In a year when it just seems like everything has gone right for Alabama sports, former Crimson Tide golfer Justin Thomas finds himself having the second best odds to dawn his first green jacket.

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Thomas is coming off of one of the biggest wins of his career last month when he won the Players Championship. The 27-year-old struggled to start the year, especially after the passing of his grandfather, Paul, with whom Thomas was very close to.

Thomas missed the cut in two of his first three tournaments and just looked out of touch. He found his footing in March at TPC Sawgrass where he won the Players Championship beating out Lee Westwood and Brian Harman to claim his first PGA Tour victory in almost a year.

Thomas is no stranger to the fairways of Augusta. In five career starts, Thomas has improved upon his prior finish every year and in November of 2020, he finished a career-best fourth. A career low round of 66 (-6) helped propel him to last year’s finish so the key to Thomas’ success this weekend has to be to get off to a hot start.

“[Augusta] is just so good for me, it’s literally my ideal golf course for my playing style, so it’s only a matter of time,” Thomas said in a presser on Tuesday. JT has always played great weekend golf at The Masters, he just needs a good round on Thursday or Friday that he can bring home and hang on the fridge to put himself into serious contention come moving day on Saturday.

Thomas will start his journey for his 15th career PGA Tour win and second career major win on Thursday when he tees off at 12:48 p.m. CT.

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