The Masters 2015 Tips

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Coral
Rickie Fowler (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365
Lee Westwood (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Bet365
Lee WestwoodTop 10 Finish4/1Stan James

Rory McIlroy is the 13/2 favourite for The Masters 2015 as he looks to become only the sixth man in golf’s history to complete a career grand slam of all four major titles. The Northern Irishman missed the chance to win his first Green Jacket in 2011 when he led by four shots going into the final round only to suffer a spectacular Sunday collapse.

However, he has since gone on to win the 2011 US Open, the US PGA in both 2012 and 2014 and last year’s Open, leaving just the Masters to complete the set. Betfred and William Hill are offering those odds of 13/2 (just 11/2 elsewhere).

The defending champion is Bubba Watson, who won by three shots last year to earn his second Green Jacket and make it six times in 12 years that the first major of the season has been won by a left-hander. Mike Weir began that particular trend back in 2003 and Phil Mickelson has since won three times at Augusta, which is said to favour left handed players from the tee.

Watson is the third favourite in the outright betting behind Jordan Spieth, who shared second place with Jonas Blixt 12 months ago. Both Watson and Spieth can be backed at best odds of 12/1 with William Hill.

Jason Day has had several near misses in the majors in the last few years, including two top three finishes at Augusta National in 2011 and 2013, while he shared 20th place last year. The Australian may not be as much of a household name as McIlroy, but he certainly has a good chance and is a stand-out price of 16/1 with Betfred.

Dustin Johnson has been playing well since returning from a lengthy break to resolve some personal issues and is next up in the betting at 18/1 with William Hill, with Henrik Stenson a 22/1 chance with both William Hill and Coral.

The most recent of Mickelson’s three Green Jackets came in 2010 and he shared third place in 2012, but he wasn’t in contention in 2013 and missed the cut last year, so that is why he can be backed as big as 30/1 with William Hill.

At a slightly bigger price, we like the look of Matt Kuchar, whose Augusta record is outstanding. In five appearances he has placed no worse than a share of 27th, finishing in the top 10 in each of the last three editions. He was third in 2012 and fifth last year and at 45/1 with Coral he looks a solid each-way pick.

Lee Westwood has had opportunities to win numerous major titles down the years, but he can’t quite seem to get the job done and that is why he is as big as 55/1 with Bet365 here. Few players can match his record on this course though: 2-11-3-8-7 for the last five years – and he’s worth an each-way investment once more. In a similar vein, Sergio Garcia is always popular with the punters, but in 16 attempts he has managed just one top five finish, yet he is a shorter price at 40s.

Rickie Fowler was the nearly man in last year’s majors, posting top five finishes at all four, beginning with a share of fifth place here. While those results were probably a source of great frustration as he missed out on a first major title, they should also give him confidence that he can go close again and he looks a good bet at 40/1 with Bet365.

Finally, it would be wrong not to make mention of Tiger Woods, who played 18 holes at Augusta this week as he prepares for a possible return to the sport. The four-time champion can be backed at odds of 50/1, which would have been inconceivable just a few years ago – if you fancy him then head to Ladbrokes, who are offering money-back, up to £25, if your player misses the cut – click here for this offer.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Matt Kuchar (ew)Tournament Winner45/1Coral
Rickie Fowler (ew)Tournament Winner40/1Bet365
Lee Westwood (ew)Tournament Winner55/1Bet365
Lee WestwoodTop 10 Finish4/1Stan James