Terrific field looking for first Major win of 2016
The US Masters reaches its 80th birthday this year and the Augusta National course once again hosts this iconic event.
While the field may be at its smallest for 14 years, it can rarely have been stronger with dozens of players having a genuine chance of Major success.
Keep reading for our 2016 US Masters golf betting preview.
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The last man to win back-to-back US Masters titles was Tiger Woods and after Jordan Spieth‘s four stroke win last year there was speculation that a similar era of dominance was just beginning. Despite the Texan’s stellar 2015 it hasn’t quite panned out that way although the defending champion is the 9/1 third favourite this week.
In truth, Spieth hasn’t been in outstanding form in recent weeks. He hasn’t recorded a top ten finish since winning the Hyundai Tournament of Champions back in January but you can’t discount him considering his two appearances at Augusta have resulted in a second and a first place finish.
A win for Rory McIlroy would see him join an elite group of players who have won all four Majors and the Irishman’s down-to-earth approach to ‘just another tournament’ could help him challenge this year.
The former world number one has admitted to being nervous at the Masters in the past. He said: “The first two or three years, playing Augusta for me was like walking on eggshells and now I just feel a lot more comfortable in playing the golf course and simply just making my way about the grounds. The first time I was there in 2009 I felt even afraid to take a divot out!”
The 27 year old has just three top ten finishes in stroke play golf this season but looked in good touch when losing in the semi-finals of the WGC Match Play a fortnight ago. He is the 8/1 second favourite.
There have been few more popular winners of the Masters in recent years than Bubba Watson. The two-time champion is seeking a hat-trick of titles this year and his recent form is terrific – a second and a first place finish in his last two Tour stroke play events – and he leads the Tour in GIR percentage.
Watson has done a mediocre job of defending a Masters title – a T50 and a T38 followed his two wins – suggesting he performs better when the pressure is off. The world number four has a game suited to the Augusta course and should go well at 11/1.
Jason Day and Adam Scott head the Australian challenge while last year’s runner-up Justin Rose is the leading English challenger at 22/1.
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Over the last decade, eight of the last ten masters winners have been non-Europeans ranked in the world’s top 30 who have enjoyed a top 20 finish at Augusta. Over recent weeks we’ve been following the fortunes of Charl Schwartzl and the South African ticks all of these boxes.
Of course Schwartzl is a previous Masters champion having donned the Green Jacket back in 2011, beating the Australian pair of Day and Scott by two shots that year. Schwartzl has two Tour wins to his name already this season and has been in excellent form. The 33/1 on him repeating his 2011 success looks great value.
Dustin Johnson is another man who fulfils all these criteria and is due a big Masters performance at 18/1 although Hideki Matsuyama could offer better value at 33/1.
The 24 year old has won on the PGA Tour this season and it is surely only a matter of time before he wins a Major title. Without a second round 81 at the Cadillac Championship he’d be arriving at Augusta with four top 11 stroke play finishes in a row and he finished solo fifth at the Masters last year.
If you’re looking for an outsider to back at long odds then it could pay to consider 39 year old Charley Hoffman. His T33 place finish at last week’s Houston Open – on a course deliberately set up to replicate the conditions of Augusta National – was his third top 35 finish in a row and so the world number 58 is in decent form.
Hoffman finished T9 on his return to the Masters last year after a four year absence and could offer terrific each-way value at 125/1.
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