The US Masters is here at last and golf punters and bookmakers are bracing themselves for the biggest golf betting weekend of the year.
There is nothing like the anticipation of the US Masters. It has been over half a year since the US PGA and The Masters signals a run of quality golf tournaments.
Augusta National is a par 72 layout that favours long hitters as the rough is not that penal. The Greens are very tricky and finding them in Regulation is important as is the ability to scramble on those occasions when you miss the green. As well as you may hit the ball this week you also need to have a hot putter if you are going to take the title.
As to be expected the World’s top players have made the journey to Augusta and the Players Champion, Rory Mcilroy, tops the betting boards at 15/2 at the time of writing. There is a host of quality players tucked in just behind him in the betting, many of which have a great record at this course.
I spent the early part of this week pouring over course and current form and I finally nailed my picks down to 5 players to take on the bookmakers this week.
2018 – Patrick Reed -15
2017 – Sergio Garcia -9*
2016 – Danny Willett -5
2015 – Jordan Spieth -18
2014 – Bubba Watson -8
D Johnson 12/1
25/1 and better the balance, prices correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.
Rory Mcilroy each way at 15/2
The amazing thing about Rory Mcilroy is that he hasn’t yet won a US Masters, given his consistency on the course. He has had 5 successive Top 10 finishes including a 5th place last year and he comes into this event in great form having won the Players Championship and having had a decent run at the WGC Matchplay where he lost to Tiger Woods in the knock out stages.
Brooks Koepka each way at 28/1
Koepka is not in the greatest of form, but since a runner-up finish 2 months ago he has had a missed cut and a couple of Top 60’s. He also missed last year’s Masters due to injury, but prior to that had progressive course form culminating in a 11th place finish in 2017. The reason he goes into the staking plan is simple, this man lives for the big events and he is looking for his 3rd consecutive major on US soil.
Louis Oosthuizen each way at 40/1
South Africans will never forget Louis Oosthuizen’s heart breaking runner-up finish to Bubba Watson a few years back. He has very consistent form at the Masters with 3 Top 20 finishes in the last 4 years. Most important though his health looks to be in good shape and he showed in the Matchplay a couple of weeks back is that his game is right where he wants it to be. It has been some time since a South African has won a major, perhaps Louis can deliver.
Tiger Woods each way at 16/1
In 2018 Woods showed he was ready to contend in the Majors again and had a runner-up finish in the PGA Championship. He hasn’t been at his best this year, but you get the feeling he has being building up to this event and while he hasn’t won here in many years I think he goes close this week.
Charley Hoffman each way at 100/1
I had to at least throw one long shot in and Charley Hoffman is the kind of man I am happy to have on side at triple figure prices. He has a good record at Augusta with his last 4 finishes all inside the Top 30 and a 12th place last year. He is also in good form with a runner-up finish last week delivering each way returns for us in Texas.
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