2019 Masters Betting Tips – Will Tiger roll back the years at Augusta?
Masters week is finally upon us and whilst we know that Tiger is looking for his first major win in a decade and Rory is yet to win a Green Jacket, there are contenders aplenty that may prove to be value come Sunday afternoon.
Every top player has his flaws. The question is: how detrimental is this flaw around the unforgiving Augusta National?
We take a closer look at the main contenders…
2019 Masters Betting Tips
JASON DAY (30/1)
Best Masters finish: T-2 (2011)
Day continues to be an enigma in the world of golf, with the Australian often lacking patience and showing too much aggression on his approaches – not ideal for the pin positions at Augusta, where you cannot afford to attack every pin. Injury and illness have also dogged the former World Number 1 in recent years, but in his favour, he has every shot in the book, he hits it long and high, and he is currently the best putter on tour. If he can put it all together in one week, he’s still in with a great shout.
BROOKS KOEPKA (22/1)
Best Masters finish: T-11 (2017)
Brooks has won three of his last six majors but continues to operate under the radar in comparison to some of golf’s biggest stars – much to his frustration. If anything, that lack of recognition spurs him on even more and he has performed a little better each time he has stepped out at Augusta. Brooks has an amazing knack of being able to deconstruct the par 5s, a huge advantage in this major.
A curious interview at the Players Championship may give some cause for concern, with Koepka revealing he’s lost 10-12 yards off the tee and 24lbs since November. Not exactly encouraging.
LOUIS OOSTHUIZEN (35/1)
Best Masters finish: 2 (2012)
He has one of the best swings on tour and has the potential to win every tournament he enters – if he could only always apply himself correctly. Louis is a great speed putter and if he gets his mind right, he could go one better than that 2012 heartbreak at the hands of Bubba.
WEBB SIMPSON (70/1)
Best Masters finish: T-20 (2018)
A multiple PGA tour winner and major champion, at 70/1 Webb could prove to be great value for money. Simpson is one of the straightest drivers on tour and was ranked as the best putter on the PGA tour last season.
Big hitting is regularly touted as the key attribute to perform well around the azaleas of Augusta, and unfortunately for Webb, he is not blessed with a bomb off the tee. His Augusta record features no top 10s but a tied 20th last year suggests the tide might just be turning for him.
JUSTIN THOMAS (18/1)
Best Masters finish: T-17 (2018)
Statistically he’s one of the best on tour and also one of the most explosive. He comes into this year’s Masters in some decent form (second place and two thirds) and has improved each year at the Masters. His high ball flight and aggressive style would be perfect round Augusta.
Unlike his ice cool pal Jordan Spieth, it appears Justin is susceptible to pressure after a recent meltdown at Riviera. It looks in particular that his putter can go missing when the heat is on and his record at the Masters is average at best, with only one round in the 60s. But as Patrick showed last year, Masters form doesn’t matter too much.
TIGER WOODS (12/1)
Best Masters finish: 1 (1997, 2001, 2002, 2005)
No Masters preview is complete without a mention for golf’s main man. Tiger isn’t playing poorly but isn’t exactly ripping up trees. In his favour, he has a very particular set of skills which play into his hands at Augusta more than anywhere else in the world.
What is going against Tiger is his inconsistency. Whilst Tiger is more than capable of shooting low and producing spurts of greatness, putting them together in four good rounds is something else. Woods is having his worst putting season to date – could time finally be catching up with him?
Finally, it’s always worth waiting until Thursday to back your Masters Champion – particularly if you’re superstitious.
The winner of the Par-3 contest – which takes place on the Wednesday before the tournament – has never put on the Green Jacket in the same year.
Could this be the year someone breaks the mould?
2019 Masters Betting Tips from the Marathonbet team…
Jay: Matthew Fitzpatrick (66/1 E/W) Two top 10 finishes already this season, and a 7th place finish at Augusta previously. With the addition of Billy Foster on the bag, he could be a good each-way bet for the tournament.
Julie: Justin Rose (11/1) Back on top of the world and two runners-up finishes at the Masters. This could be his year.
Connor: Xander Schauffele (35/1) A top 10 player who looks to offer real value – the Californian could be great shout each-way too.
Nick: Matt Kuchar (35/1) Playing well this season, leads greens in regulation stats for this year and has four Top 10 finishes in the Masters since 2012.
Daryl: Phil Mickelson to be leading at the end of round 1 (40/1) Time may be running out for him, but if the three-time Masters winner can find his form, he could be good value to lead the opening round.
Odds correct at time of writing, but may vary.
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