Best Of The Side Markets At The Masters5 min read
The year’s first major takes place this week at Augusta National and most of the attention is on which player will be wearing the Green Jacket on Sunday. But there are a plethora of other bets available ahead of The Masters with so many different areas to scour in addition to the outright market.
The first round leader market is well worth looking at with a cluster of players enjoying a history of fast starts at Augusta in recent years.
Charley Hoffman is renowned as a first round leader specialist and one of our five outright tips also appeals strongly in this market. The American has led after the opening 18 holes once at this tournament and been inside the top five on three of his five appearances. Hoffman comes in off second place in Texas and the confident American is a tempting 33/1 shot to get off to a flyer on Thursday.
Jordan Spieth has an outstanding record at Augusta with a win in 2015 and never finishing worse than 11th. There are though major doubts over his current form and an ability to put four rounds together with no top tens this season. This makes a bet on the first round leader the best option, rather than in the outright market. Spieth has topped the leaderboard in three of his five Masters starts which makes 22/1 an attractive price.
Paul Casey has an excellent track record in the Masters and it would be no surprise if he got into contention this weekend, even if there are question marks over whether he can complete the job. He has finished inside the top 15 on his last four visits with three of them resulting in a top-six spot. Casey successfully defended his Valspar Championship title in his last strokeplay start and looks a likely winner of the top Englishman heat at 4/1.
No debutant has won the Masters since 1979 and it is typically a course which takes plenty of experience to conquer. Nevertheless, there are still ways to side with newcomers via the top debutant market, even if a title challenge fails to materialise across the four days. Justin Harding looks generously priced at 11/1 considering his recent form. The South African landed the Qatar Masters title last month and won two of his three matches at the WGC Match Play.
Matt Kuchar has been in superb form throughout this season and the experienced American merits support to finish in the top ten. Kuchar has won twice during the current campaign and has five top tens already this season, including in both of his last two events. The 40-year-old has four top tens at Augusta in his last seven visits which only underlines his odds of 7/2 are well worth snapping up.
Charley Hoffman first round leader Each Way
Jordan Spieth first round leader Each Way
Paul Casey to be top Englishman
Justin Harding to be top debutant
Matt Kuchar to finish top ten at