The Masters Antepost Preview6 min read
As the only major to take place at the same course every season, there is plenty of form to study in an attempt to pinpoint the winner of the Green Jacket.
BetVictor have pushed the odds out and are paying six places for the Masters with the best prices available on the leading players in the outright market.
But where is the value with only days to go until the action gets underway?
The Runners and Riders
Rory McIlroy is the favourite for the tournament with the Northern Irishman in blistering form this season. He has finished no worse than sixth in all six strokeplay events in 2019 and won the Players Championship only a couple of weeks ago. McIlroy has claimed top tens on his last five visits to Augusta National but the pressure and expectation on him, with a victory completing the career Grand Slam, suggests the favourite may not be the best bet.
Dustin Johnson is next in the betting at and the American comes in off victories at the Saudi International and the WGC Mexico Championship this year. Johnson failed to make an impression in his first few years at the Masters but three successive top tens at the major confirms he has the game to contend for the title.
Tiger Woods is a shot and the four-time Masters champion would be a hugely popular winner after his comeback over the last year. Whether this is the best suited major course for the 43-year-old to win remains to be seen with many viewing a firm and fast Open as a better opportunity.
Justin Rose is the same odds () and looks a better bet considering his excellent recent form at Augusta. The English golfer has finished runner-up in two of the last four Masters and there is no doubting his suitability to the course. Rose has surged to the top of the world rankings over the last 12 months and also has a win under his belt this year after victory at the Farmers Insurance Open.
Jordan Spieth is currently and few would back him on the basis of his poor form over the last year. But he has an outstanding Masters record, having won in 2015 and posted three other top three finishes. If Spieth gets into contention at this week’s Texas Open his odds are likely to be slashed ahead of Augusta. But if he produces another disappointing performance Spieth could potentially be pushed out to a tempting price considering his stellar record at Augusta.
One player worth looking at could be Bryson DeChambeau at . The American’s modest recent form has seen the focus switch on to other leading names but he comes in off the most prolific year of anyone in the field. He has won five times since last June including a seven-stroke victory at the Dubai Desert Classic. It is worth noting the two of the last three champions in Dubai, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia, have gone on to win the Masters later that season.
Tony Finau tees it up this week in Texas and a strong showing could see his odds of plummet. The powerful American dislocated his ankle, celebrating a hole in one, during the par three contest at last year’s Masters. Finau produced an incredible recovery and opened with a 68 as he finished tenth on his debut. He was also fifth at the US Open and ninth at the Open Championship so relishes performing at the biggest events.
BetVictor will provide an extensive betting preview next week for the Masters along with a look at the side markets such as top debutant and top European.