The Masters 2017 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Justin Rose (ew)Tournament Winner 28/1Bet365
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner 90/1Betfair
Lee Westwood (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Stan James

Venue

The Augusta National Golf Club has hosted the Masters since 1934 and is one of the most famous venues in sport. This iconic course was extended by 450 yards to 7,435 yards in 2010 but while keeping up to date with advancing technology, it retained both its charm and its ability to test the world’s best golfers. With several right-to-left tee shots, the course sets up well for left-handed players and Phil Mickelson (3) and Bubba Watson (2) have each won more than one Green Jacket, a unique prize which has been presented to champions since 1949. Add in Mike Weir in 2003 and 6 of the last 14 winners have been left-handed. The course is renowned for Amen Corner, a testing run of shots around the 11th, 12th and 13th holes played in front of a huge gallery. The par three 12th (pictured above) – played over water into a tight green surrounded by thick shrubbery – is perhaps the best-known tee-shot in major golf.

Favourites

After his recent stunning victory at the World Match Play, where he never trailed in any of his matches, Dustin Johnson leads the betting for the the Masters 2017 at a best price of 13/2 with Paddy Power – who are offering 8 places for each way bets. The world no.1 has won 5 tournaments since recording his first major victory at the US Open last year, including three since the middle of February, and clearly justifies his ranking as the best player in the game right now.

Jordan Spieth can be backed at 7/1 with Sky Bet – who are also offering 8 places for each-way bets, while Rory McIlroy is available at 8/1 with Sky Bet and Paddy Power. Both Spieth and McIlroy are renowned for final round collapses at this tournament. McIlroy held a 4-shot lead in 2011 before a disastrous final round of 80, while Spieth looked set for back-to-back Augusta victories last year when he led by 5 shots at the turn on Sunday, before falling apart to finish second, three behind Danny Willett.

Hideki Matsuyama has gone off the boil a little since winning five times in nine starts worldwide around the turn of the year and the Japanese star is at 22/1 with Betfred, alongside Jason Day at Betfair & Rickie Fowler at Paddy Power – with those 8 places.

Tips

Our tactic of looking for players who have shown some good recent form, combined with a good previous course record, has brought us five winners and a healthy profit in 2017, including our 40/1 tip Russell Henley winning the Houston Open on Sunday.

Justin-RoseJUSTIN ROSE tends to play well both at Augusta and in major tournaments generally. The Olympic gold medal winner, who has recorded three top five finishes in 2017 and has been 13th and 15th on his last two outings, has finished in the top 10 four times here including each of the last 2 years. A record of 11-8-25-14-2-10 at Augusta since 2011 indicates that he is in contention more often than not. He is a major champion too, having won the US Open in 2013, while he has finished in the top 25 on 15 of his last 20 major appearances. Clearly one for the big occasion, he’s at 28/1 with Bet365.

Daniel BergerDANIEL BERGER is one of the brightest young stars on the PGA Tour and although his form has been a little erratic over recent months, he maintained his upward trajectory last week in Houston, finishing in fifth despite a double bogey on the final hole. That moved the 23-year-old back up to 34th in the world rankings – he hit a career-best 28 after winning the FedEx St Jude Classic last summer. The 2016 Rookie of the Year made his Augusta debut last year and took it in his stride, sharing 10th place. At 90/1 with Betfair who are offering 6 places for each-way bets on the event, he looks a great each-way selection.

Lee-WestwoodLEE WESTWOOD shared second place here with Spieth last year and we have previously mentioned his proud Augusta record, finishing 11th or better in seven of the last nine years here. Stan James are offering the best odds of 100/1 with 7 places for each-way bets – or you could back him at 15/2 with the same bookmaker to finish in the top 10. The feeling with Westwood, 43, is that he perhaps doesn’t have it in him to close the deal on a major, but he certainly looks value for yet another place at Augusta. Also, consider the best odds of 80/1 with Paddy Power in their First Round Leader betting – for which they are paying 7 places for each-way bets.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Justin Rose (ew)Tournament Winner28/1Bet365
Daniel Berger (ew)Tournament Winner90/1Betfair
Lee Westwood (ew)Tournament Winner100/1Stan James