Housing Market Heats Up, Inventory Still Lags Behind

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Housing Market Heats Up, Inventory Still Lags Behind Share Save First American Financial Corporation has released its First American Real House Price Index (RHPI) for May 2020. According to the report—which measures the price changes of single-family properties throughout the nation, adjusted for the impact of income and interest rate changes on consumer house-buying power over time at national, state, and metropolitan area levels—the gap in supply and demand that plagued the pre-pandemic home market has only grown.What is even more newsworthy, experts expect that this imbalance between supply and demand will only grow, alongside increasing house prices. First American Chief Economist Mark Fleming suggests that—and at least through the summer season—home prices will remain robust.According to the RHPI:Real house prices decreased 0.3% between April 2020 and May 2020.Real house prices declined 7.3% between May 2019 and May 2020.Consumer house-buying power, how much one can buy based on changes in income and interest rates, increased 1.3% between April 2020 and May 2020, and increased 15.9% year-over-year.Median household income has increased 4.5% since May 2019 and 62.8% since January 2000.Real house prices are 21.8% less expensive than in January 2000.While unadjusted house prices are now 12.5% above the housing boom peak in 2006, real house-buying power-adjusted house prices remain 44.5% below their 2006 housing boom peak.Fleming explained his reasoning behind this forecast: “Mortgage rates were falling before the pandemic, and just last week they fell below 3% for the first time ever. Demographic demand from millennials aging into their prime homeownership years continues to benefit housing as well. Both of these dynamics help boost demand.”The resiliency of housing amid the devastation of other industries due to the outbreak of COVID-19 has been attributed by experts to a few key factors, including the presence of low mortgage rates and strong millennial demand.“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on global and domestic economies, housing has thus far proven resilient, managing a V-shaped recovery from the low point reached in April,” Fleming said. “The strong rebound is largely a result of two dynamics that existed before the pandemic and have continued or even gained strength in the last few months.”He continued: “Mortgage rates were falling before the pandemic, and just last week they fell below 3% for the first time ever. Demographic demand from millennials aging into their prime homeownership years continues to benefit housing as well. Both of these dynamics help boost demand.”Yet another factor pointed out by Fleming was the increased demand in an already tight market. “An already tight inventory of homes has now reached record low levels and continues to move lower,” he said. “The housing market amid the pandemic faces a significant supply and demand imbalance, and the result is accelerating price appreciation. In fact, based on current trends, we expect house price appreciation nationally to remain strong, and even accelerate in many markets this summer.”The RHPI reports that the five states that experienced the greatest year-over-year increases were Vermont (+6.7%), Oklahoma (+3.7%), Montana (+3.5%), Texas (+3.2%), and Georgia (+2.8%). In addition, the five states with the greatest year-over-year decrease included Louisiana (-11.5%), New Hampshire (-9.5%), West Virginia (-9.3%), South Dakota (-7.7%), and New Jersey (-7.5%). 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She is excited to spectate as the world changes, and have a job that allows her to bring a detailed account of those constant shifts to her readers at home and abroad. Tagged with: First American Home Prices real home prices rhpi July 27, 2020 1,290 Views center_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago First American Home Prices real home prices rhpi 2020-07-27 David Wharton Subscribelast_img read more

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Seniors spend fall break at thesis boot camp

first_imgWhile some seniors spent fall break at home, on a road trip or in Las Vegas, 29 members of the Class of 2014 got a jump start on their theses in Thesis Camp, sponsored by the Hesburgh Library and the University Writing Center. Matthew Capdevielle, director of the University Writing Center, said the program, which began in fall 2010, is intended to help students get to know themselves as writers. “The goal of the camp is to help writers develop a clearer sense of their own best practices and to build a healthy momentum that will see them successfully through the project,” Capdevielle said. The Writing Center and the Library achieved this goal by offering daily breakfast and lunch to students, making specialist librarians available to them, sponsoring speakers to address them and dedicating a special space for seniors within the library, Capdevielle said. “We want to create an immersion experience for them … but it’s also an opportunity to develop some really healthy and productive writing habits that will stick with them throughout the duration of this project,” he said. Laura Bayard, graduate outreach services librarian and a coordinator of Thesis Camp, said the program offers a perfect balance for students through non-mandatory programming and dedicated work time. “We know it works because the students inevitably say, ‘I had no idea I’d get this much done on my paper,’” Bayard said. Bayard said departmental librarians met with students to discuss specific resources available to them, and other programming targeted science majors who have more quantitative projects. Seniors also interacted with graduate students who were conducting dissertation research, she said. For those feeling pressure to complete their theses, a staff member from the University Counseling Center even spoke to the students about stress relief, and a tai chi session was held, Bayard said. Every day, representatives from the University Writing Center opened and closed the day with guidance, Capdevielle said, and they were also available for one-on-one consultations. “We do group goal setting sessions in the morning and kind of a writing warm-up and a check-in at the end of the day where we wrap up, we share our accomplishments, we put our list of accomplishments up on the board,” Capdevielle said. In these sessions, tutors from the University Writing Center presented useful writing strategies, Capdevielle said. “One of the tools that we invite writers to use during this camp is something we call the thesis log or the project log, and that’s just a process log for writers to capture information about their own process,” he said. Matt Hayes, a senior Italian and Program of Liberal Studies major, said these writing strategies helped him to be productive during Thesis Camp. “They were very helpful in teaching us various strategies on how to get things done,” Hayes said. “One is called ‘the pomodoro.’ … It’s Italian for ‘tomato.’ It was working in 25-minute increments and then you give yourself a five-minute break.” Zach Leonard, a senior classics major, said he most appreciated the special library space. “The most helpful resource [was] probably dedicated space,” Leonard said. “They put all the seniors in the bottom floor and that was helpful because I could pretty much have the same desk every day and it was quiet down there. The working environment was good.” Hayes said he is glad he attended Thesis Camp because he knew he would not have written the 10 pages he completed if he had been at home. “I’m a very easily distracted person, and I know if I went home I would have probably laid in my bed all day and watched Netflix. … Just forcing myself to wake up every morning at 8 a.m. to get there at 8:30 for breakfast, and just that uninterrupted time in the library, was probably the most productive I could’ve been over this break within reason,” he said. Leonard said his goal was to write 15 pages for his thesis, and he came close to meeting it. “My thesis is due by Thanksgiving, so I really needed to get a head start on it and finish up a lot of work. … I did not plan to stay in South Bend for my final fall break. It was annoying to see my friends go out and have so much fun, but in the end, it really was worth it to have done this,” Leonard said. For seniors continuing to write their theses, Capdevielle said the University Writing Center offers programming throughout the year, including “Write First” mini camps that take place from 8 to 10 a.m. from Monday to Friday in the Writing Center, one-on-one consultations with tutors and read-ahead service for thesis writers. Bayard said all seniors submitting theses should apply for the Undergraduate Library Research Award due Apri. 10 with a $1000 first prize award. “For senior thesis entries … it’s not given on the strength of the senior thesis,” she said. “It’s given on the essay written about library resources and how the libraries and our resources informed the paper.” Contact Tori Roeck at [email protected]last_img read more

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Tony Committee Weighs in On Eligibility for On Your Feet! & More

first_imgThe Tony Awards Administration Committee met today for the second time this season to determine the eligibility of six Broadway productions for the 2016 Tony Awards. The committee will meet a total of four times (twice more) throughout the 2015-2016 season to decide the eligibility for the 70th Annual Tony Awards, which will take place on June 12, 2016 at the Beacon Theatre.The productions discussed were King Charles III, On Your Feet!, Allegiance, A View from the Bridge, Misery and China Doll.The committee made the following determinations:Tim Pigott-Smith will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play category for his performance in King Charles III.Ana Villafañe and Josh Segarra will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actress/Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in On Your Feet!.Telly Leung and Lea Salonga will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical categories for their respective performances in Allegiance.Donyale Werle and Darrel Maloney will be considered jointly eligible in the Best Scenic Design of a Musical category for their work in Allegiance.Phoebe Fox, Russell Tovey, Michael Zegen, Michael Gould and Richard Hansell will be considered eligible in the Best Performance by an Actor/Actress in a Featured Role in a Play categories for their respective performances in A View from the Bridge.All other eligibility rulings were consistent with opening night billing.The committee met previously in November to determine the eligbility rules for 10 shows, including Hamilton and Spring Awakening. View Commentslast_img read more

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Eighteen karatekas successful at grading examination

first_imgTHE International Karate Daigaku (IKD) Guyana held a grading exercise for 18 students last Sunday at the Albion Shotokan Karate Dojo, Albion Corentyne Berbice..The grading exercise was conducted by Master Amir Khouri 7th Dan black belt of the International Karate Daiģaku (IKD) assisted by Mr Hazrat Ali of the Albion Shotokan Karate Dojo 5th Dan Black belt. Notably this grading examination is the first for Berbice in 2019Eighteen students (6-28 years old) took the grading examination under the highly ranked Master Amir Khouri 7th Dan Black Belt. They were all very successful except for a few that had skipped their rank and jumped right to the next rank.These are the individuals that skipped: Arianna Brijemal, Mariah Hansraj, Sandeep Singh (10 kyu white belt to 8 kyu yellow belt), Adrian Brijemal (10 kyu white belt to 7B orange belt), Andrew Narine (10 kyu white belt to 6B green belt), Suri P. Kassim (8 kyu yellow belt to 6B green belt), Kaleb Kassim (8 kyu yellow belt to 7 kyu orange belt), Amira Rupai, Chris Hicks (7 kyu orange belt to 5B blue belt), Ronald Arjune (7 kyu orange belt to 6 kyu green belt), Jasmine Ramdass (6 kyu green belt to 5 kyu blue belt), Jasmine Sahira Ali (6B kyu green belt to 5B kyu blue belt), Basdeo Bissessar (6 kyu green belt to 4B purple belt), Rahman Yakub, Joshua Rampersaud (5 kyu blue belt to 4 kyu purple belt), Anuvani Gunplay (4 kyu purple belt to 3 kyu brown belt), Bhaskar Jaipersaud (2 kyu brown belt to 1yu brown belt).Mr Hazrat Ali of the Albion Shotokan Karate Dojo and 5th Dan Black belt, emphasised the importance of such examinations. “Two things: this will promote karate in Berbice and this gives the kids an opportunity to go or move on to the next level or rank.”In addition, Andrew Narine (10kyu white belt to 6B green belt) and Basdeo Bissesar (6 kyu green belt to 4B purple belt) were singled out for their efforts.(Colin Bynoe (Jnr)last_img read more

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Brand South Africa calls on citizens to get tested for HIV this World AIDS Day

first_imgJohannesburg, Saturday 01 December 2018 – This World AIDS Day – Brand South Africa encourages all citizens to play their part and get tested for HIV and know their status. Commemorated on 1st December each year, World AIDS Day presents an opportunity for humanity worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.UNAIDS reports that South Africa has the biggest and most high-profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.2 million people living with HIV in 2017, and that the country accounts for a third of all new HIV infections in Southern Africa.Conversely, the country has also made significant strides in its mission to tackle the epidemic. According to UNAIDS data released in 2018 the country has made vast developments in getting people to test for HIV in recent years and is now almost meeting the first of the 90-90-90 targets, with 86% of people aware of their status. The country is also reported to have the largest ART programme in the world, which has undergone even more expansion in recent years with the implementation of ‘test and treat’ guidelines.“In 2017, there were 270,000 new HIV infections and 110,000 South Africans died from AIDS-related illnesses. South Africa has the largest antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme in the world and these efforts have been largely financed from its own domestic resources. In 2015, the country was investing more than $1.34 billion annually to run its HIV programmes. The success of this ART programme is evident in the increases in national life expectancy, rising from 61.2 years in 2010 to 67.7 years in 2015,” notes the UNAIDS report. South Africa was also the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to fully approve PrEP, which is now being made available to people at high risk of infection.GM for Communications at Brand South Africa Ms Thoko Modise said: “Although the country has achieved momentous milestones, we still have a long way to go. We need to strengthen out behavioural strategies – which involves applying a wide range of strategic interventions and conducting actions that modify negative behaviours and encourage positive behaviours through educational or motivational techniques.“In addition, reductions in HIV transmission need widespread and sustained efforts by all stakeholders including government, business and civil society. We collectively need to reinforce the mix of communication channels to disseminate messages to motivate people to engage in a range of options to reduce risk.”Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. South African citizens are called upon to show their support by wearing a red ribbon – which is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV.“Play your part, get tested for HIV and know your status. The only way to know your HIV status for sure is to get tested. A person who is HIV positive may look and feel perfectly well, and be unaware that they are infected,” adds Modise.Brand South Africa, in collaboration with Freedom Park and its partners; Love Life, South African National AIDS Council and Africa Music Central, will host the World AIDS Day concert at Freedom Park. Activities will include a ZERO HIV/AIDS Park where HIV/AIDS prevention success stories, blood donation, voluntary testing and counseling, sharing information, updates on the latest discoveries in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Dialogues which will provide a safe space to share ideas on combating AIDS. Brand South Africa will be promoting a pledge for all citizens to get involved in making decisions that will reduce new infections.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:[email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Oppn. ‘marak shakti’ to blame for Swaraj, Jaitley deaths: Pragya

first_imgBJP MP Pragya Singh Thakur on Monday said the Opposition was using ‘marak shakti’ (killing power) to harm BJP leaders, adding the ‘evil power’ was behind the recent deaths of former Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj. BJP veteran Arun Jaitley died on August 24 and Sushma Swaraj on August 6. Taking umbrage at the BJP MP’s remarks, the Madhya Pradesh Congress said she has lost her mental balance and advised her to undergo treatment in a mental asylum. “While I was contesting the [Lok Sabha] elections, a Maharaj ji told me that bad times are upon us and the Opposition is up to something using some ‘marak shakti’ against the BJP. I later forgot what he said but now when I see our top leaders leaving us one by one, I am forced to think, wasn’t Maharaj ji right?” she said. Ms. Thakur was addressing a condolence meeting at the State BJP office to pay tributes to Jaitley and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Babulal Gaur. The latter had died on August 20. She refused to talk on the issue when reporters asked about her remarks. “Sadhvi Pragya’s statement is extremely objectionable. It shows that she has lost her mental balance,” said Shobha Oza, State Congress Media Cell chief.‘Abusive words’ “Sometimes she uses abusive words for Gandhiji or for Nehruji. Now she said so about the Congress. She needs to be treated as soon as possible. A mental asylum is the right place for her,” Ms. Oza told reporters. Ms. Thakur, who defeated Congress leader Digvijaya Singh from Bhopal Lok Sabha seat, has made many such controversial remarks and had to apologise for some of them. She was issued a show-cause notice by the BJP for calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a patriot.last_img read more

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Olympiakos Overtakes Malmo, 4-2

first_imgPIRAEUS — Kostas Mitroglou and Ibrahim Afellay scored late goals to grab a 4-2 win for Olympiakos over Malmo in the Champions League on Dec. 9.The Greeks finished third in Group A for a place in the Europa League, after struggling to break down the hard-working Swedes, who finished last in the group that also included Atletico Madrid and Juventus.“It was a great match and all the players should to be congratulated. We got the win and we deserved it,” Olympiakos captain Giannis Maniatis said.Malmo started the match with an attacking mindset at Karaiskaki Stadium but fell behind in the 22nd minute when Pajtim Kasami headed a pass to David Fuster who also headed the ball to score.Substitute Simon Kroon leveled on a counterattack in the 59th, with a one-touch strike off a pass from the right by Emil Frosberg. But the Greeks were back in the lead four minutes later courtesy of Chori Dominguez who beat goalkeeper Robin Olsen from the edge of the area.Markus Rosenberg made it 2-2 with a near-identical counterattack in the 81st, before Olympiakos struck twice in the final three minutes — through Mitroglou from close range and Afellay, who punished a tired Swedish defense in injury time.Malmo finished the game with 10 men, after Enock Adu was sent off for a second booking.Michel Gonzalez, the Olympiakos coach, appeared relieved with the night’s performance following a run of disappointing results in the Greek league.“We’re very happy with this victory and happy to give something to the fans. It’s not a question of this result making it more calm. What we need to do is to keep playing the way we did tonight, as a team.”Malmo midfielder Magnus Eriksson said the Swedes were both proud and disappointed with their run in the Champions League. “It was a tough game,” he said. “But if you let your opponent score four times, you can’t win a match in the Champions League.”Malmo pulled off a 2-0 win against the Greeks at home in October, but on Dec. 9 coach Age Hareide praised his opponents as the better team.“The difference was their experience at this level. We made mistakes … and you can’t do that against a team like this,” he said. “We’ll learn from our mistakes, and I hope we can come back here. It’s a great place to play football.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Everyone You Should Watch At The Masters Not Named Tiger Or Phil

The big hittersDustin Johnson (odds to win: 12-to-1): Johnson entered Augusta last season having won three consecutive tournaments. He was among the favorites to win. Then he fell down a flight of stairs.This could be the year he exorcises those what-could-have-been demons.The 33-year-old is tied for the PGA Tour lead in par-4 scoring average and leads the tour in par-5 scoring average. He’s also No. 1 in total strokes gained, a metric that measures each shot a player takes based on how much it reduces his expected score on a given hole, relative to the field average. And Johnson’s putting has been sensational; he ranks in the top 15 in strokes gained with the putter. With an ostentatious ability to drive the ball — he leads the tour in strokes gained off the tee — Johnson owns five of the tour’s 50 longest drives this season, providing ample opportunities for attendees to crow “mashed potatoes.”1Please don’t.Johnson has owned the longest holes at the Augusta National Golf Club, with a career mark of 46 under par on par-5s, according to ESPN Stats & Info. To compete this weekend, though, he’ll need to improve on par-4s, on which he’s a career 44 over par.Bubba Watson (odds to win: 16-to-1): The two-time Masters champion enters this weekend as arguably the player on tour in the best form.After going more than 40 events without a win, he has won twice in the past two months — at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and the Genesis Open. The same guy who was contemplating retirement last season during a rapid weight loss is now vying to become the ninth player to win the Masters at least three times.The 39-year-old’s unorthodox style feels tailor-made for rounds under the Georgia pines. The course allows him to attempt 45-yard hook shots with a pitching wedge, for example, and to uncork his 316.2-yard drives. And because he annihilates his tee shots, Watson has over his career played the par-5s at the Masters 65 under par, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The short game has traditionally held Watson back, but he has moved from outside the top 140 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green and with the putter last season to inside the top 80 in both this season.Rory McIlroy (odds to win: 12-to-1): With a roaring final-round 64, McIlroy won the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month, his first victory since the fall of 2016. Then came shots of vodka with the media.A win this weekend would complete the career Grand Slam for the 28-year-old. Since 2014, only Jordan Spieth has led more rounds in major tournaments than McIlroy has — and no player save for McIlroy can claim four top-10 finishes at Augusta over the past five years.After an injury-riddled 2016-17 campaign, McIlroy has surged up the leaderboard in a number of metrics, ranking in the top 25 in total strokes gained, strokes gained off the tee and strokes gained with the putter. His drives are averaging a blistering 314.1 yards, a top-five mark on tour.To win, McIlroy will have to improve on holes 10, 11 and 12, where he’s a combined 26 over par since the final round in 2011, according to ESPN Stats & Info.The kidsJon Rahm (odds to win: 20-to-1): It can be easy to forget that Rahm is 23 years old — and not only because he has the face of a 35-year-old accountant. “Rahmbo” has been so good so fast that he’s the highest-ranked player to not have a major championship to his name, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Rahm’s putting has improved mightily: He’s jumped from No. 49 in strokes gained with the putter and No. 66 in putts per round last season to No. 32 and No. 13, respectively, this season.He cranks the ball 306.7 yards off the tee, which makes him No. 23 on tour. But he ranks much higher in strokes gained off the tee — second — because whether he’s blasting his driver or using another club, he’s effective in maximizing his first shots, covering 67.5 percent of hole yardage with his tee shots. Club selection is paramount at Augusta, particularly off the tee — will Rahm’s skills there and his improved putting help him notch a win?Jordan Spieth (odds to win: 10-to-1): Last weekend’s final-round 66 at the Houston Open gave Spieth’s supporters a reason to be optimistic about Augusta, where Spieth’s track record ranges from the sublime to the five-alarm tire fire.In the aggregate, though, Spieth has been dominant at the Masters: In his four starts, he hasn’t finished lower than 11th; three times, he ranked in the top 10. In 2015, he became the fifth-ever wire-to-wire winner and tied the all-time lowest winning score (270, -18). Since 2015, Spieth has been 20 shots or better than any other player at majors, according to ESPN Stats & Info.But Spieth has fallen off a cliff with his putter. In each of the past three seasons, he ranked 42nd or better in strokes gained with the putter. In 2018, he’s No. 185. But that hasn’t stopped him from attacking the longer holes on tour; he ranks in the top 20 in par-4 and par-5 scoring average. With a win, Spieth would be just the third player to claim four majors before his 25th birthday (the other two are Woods and Young Tom Morris). He turns 25 in July.Justin Thomas (odds to win: 10-to-1): Had he turned in a stronger performance last month, Thomas could have entered this weekend as the top player in the world. Should he win this weekend, few would question his place atop the global leaderboard.The 24-year-old has won an astonishing seven times since the start of the 2016 season, more than any player on tour. But the occasionally profane Kentucky native has struggled in his two previous appearances at Augusta, where he’s never shot in the 60s or finished in the top 20.However, Thomas comes into the tournament with much more momentum this time around. He has jumped from a No. 45 ranking a season ago to No. 5 this season in percentage of yardage covered by tee shots, largely because his drives are averaging 312.5 yards, the longest average distance he’s posted since he turned pro.The Europeans (and one Canadian)Paul Casey (odds to win: 20-to-1): The 40-year-old is one of the the least-discussed veterans in this year’s field, and though he has repeatedly demonstrated his poise at majors, he’s never quite managed a win.Casey has finished in the top 10 at each of the last three Masters, and he has logged top-10 marks at every major at least once in his career.This season, only Sergio Garcia, Johnson and Casey rank in the top five in both strokes gained tee to green and total strokes gained. The Englishman has also notched a win stateside this year at the Valspar Championship, though it’s possible his victory was overshadowed when a certain someone on a comeback tour finished tied for second.Alex Noren (odds to win: 40-to-1): The Swede hasn’t finished outside the top 36 all season, racking up three top-10 finishes. In search of his first major victory, Noren has come to the right place. Eight of the last 11 Masters winners had never won a major before taking home the green jacket, according to ESPN Stats & Info.Noren cut his teeth on the European Tour, where he won five times between July 2016 and May 2017. He enters this weekend ranked in the top 20 in total strokes gained and in strokes gained with the putter, on approach, and from tee to green.Justin Rose (odds to win: 12-to-1): Rose has been a perennial contender at Augusta, and this could be the year he finally breaks through and wins a green jacket. He has finished in the top 10 in the tournament each of the last three years, twice coming in second, and over the last three Masters combined, he has the best score relative to par of anyone on the tour. Rose has ended up in the top 25 in 10 of his 12 starts at the Masters, which is an absurd success rate. Among players with at least five starts at the tournament, only Tiger Woods and Ben Hogan have made the top 25 more consistently.Adam Hadwin (odds to win: 150-to-1): A Canadian made the list! Hadwin has finished among the top 20 in every tournament he’s played in since early February. If he can withstand inconsistencies off the tee (he ranks No. 129 in strokes gained off the tee) and on the green (No. 131 in strokes gained with the putter), his approach game can do most of the work (No. 22 in strokes gained on shots approaching the green, No. 7 in strokes gained around the green). This year also marks the 15th anniversary of Mike Weir’s improbable victory at Augusta to become the first Canadian man to win a major. Hadwin has finished in the top 10 three times so far this season, and like Weir, he’s deft with the short game. It’s Masters week, which means that it’s time to cancel your weekend plans, turn the dulcet tones of Jim Nantz’s voice up as loud as your television and neighbors will allow, and watch — in its piano-saturated glory — golf’s most popular event.The 82nd installment of the Masters will be the smallest field since the mid-1990s, and it will be the most competitive in at least the past decade. There are 10 players with shorter than 20-to-1 odds to win the tournament (two more are at 20-to-1 exactly), according to the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook as of Tuesday. That’s the most of any Masters since at least 2008, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group.Tiger Woods, a golfer you might have heard of, is in that group, as is another familiar name: Phil Mickelson. But they aren’t the only players worth paying attention to. Below, I’ve highlighted the other marquee players you should look out for, as well as the under-the-radar players who could find themselves in a green jacket by Sunday night. read more

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