Can Rory justify Masters betting favouritism this year?
It’s the 79th Masters this week and the world’s best golfers head to Augusta National for the first Major of the year.
There are lots of Masters betting opportunities this week, including the return of Tiger Woods, the chance for Rory McIlroy to win his first Masters and the rise of a band of talented youngsters. Keep reading for 2015 Masters betting preview.
The Masters betting favourites
It is Rory McIlroy‘s seventh appearance at the Masters and could this be the year when he finally wins the Green Jacket? He has been close before, of course, not least in 2011 when he took a four shot lead into the final round before a disastrous 80 saw him finish a full ten shots behind the eventual winner Charl Schwartzel.
Last year’s eighth place finish was his best to date and while he has been in decent form his level has certainly slipped over the last month or so from the performances that brought him seven consecutive top two finishes worldwide.
McIlroy is the man to beat and 4/1 favourite.
No-one has a better recent record around Augusta than Bubba Watson, winner of the tournament in two of the last three years.
Watson has admitted that the stress of his title defence proved too much in 2013 – although he did make the cut – and the 36 year old is better prepared this year. “I know my routine, I know what I want to do and I know what I need to do,” he said. “And now I know what the Champions Dinner is all about and now I know what the head of the table feels like.
“Hopefully just knowing that I’m not as nervous, not as skittish, not as anxious to get to see all these great champions in this Champions Dinner. So hopefully this time I perform a little bit better and hopefully everything works out on Sunday and I have a chance to win.”
Watson is the 10/1 third favourite.
On recent form the player to back at Augusta is the supremely talented Jordan Spieth. With six top ten finishes in his last eight starts the 21 year old is on a great run of form.
He won the Valspar Championship in March before following that up with a solo second at the Texas Open and a play-off defeat at last week’s Houston Open. It’s also worth remembering that Spieth was Bubba’s nearest challenger at the Masters in 2014.
The youngster looks superb value at 37/4.
Another form player in with a terrific chance is Jason Day. The Australian enjoyed a run of five top ten finishes in six PGA Tour events earlier this season before shooting 9 under par at the Arnold Palmer last month for a share of 17th place.
Day has twice finished in the top three at the Masters and was a respectable 20th last year. Expect him to challenge at 53/4.
A couple of Masters betting outsiders to watch
We’ve been following Dustin Johnson over recent weeks and the 30 year old has been in terrific form since his return to action in February. The world number 9 has recorded four top ten finishes in five appearances including a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship and a T6 at the recent Texas Open.
Johnson has made the cut at Augusta in four of the last five years without ever really troubling the top of the leaderboard. He finished T13 in 2013 after a first round 67 and we expect big things from Johnson this year. He is available at 15/1.
There have been fewer more consistent players at the Masters over recent years than Bill Haas. The 32 year old has made the cut in each of the last five years and his scoring has been remarkably consistent from a best 1 over in 2013 to a worst 4 over in 2012.
Haas has been in decent form in 2015 and already has a PGA Tour win under his belt this year. He was 7th in a strong field at the WGC Cadillac Championship in March and looks to offer terrific each-way value at 95/1.
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