first Masters of the season
The year’s first Major is all set to kick off on April 10 at Augusta National Golf Club and it promises to be an exciting golf-betting event with plenty options available. Most importantly, with no Tiger Woods in the field, it’s a wide-open affair by all accounts.
Odds makers’ Top 5: Adam Scott leads the overarching market to win outright at +900 futures betting odds at Bet365 but he’s expected to get a serious run for his money, namely from Top Irish prospect Rory McIlroy, who is currently matched at +1000. As well, Phil Mickleson (+1400) and Jason Day (+1600) are considered credible threats and Spaniard Sergio Garcia, who comes in at +2000 futures betting odds, rounds out the Top 5 golf betting prospects currently trading across sportsbook platforms.
Adam Scott +900
The defending champion leads the charge as the top favourite at Augusta. He’s the man to beat, so to speak, at +900 golf futures. Since his breakthrough last season, Scott has been a revelation: winning three more titles and moving ever closer to Tiger Woods in the rankings. Importantly, he’s been a constant on the leader board, making the top five in four of the last six majors and top eight in the last three Masters. Avid golf betting fans, though, might look upon his Bay Hill failure as a cause for pause, an instance to take the shine of his favourable odds at this first Masters of the season.
Rory McIlroy +1000
In the context of golf betting, the difference on odds is nominal between Scott and Rory McIlroy. But form stands in stark contrast to those odds. While Scott boasts solid form, McIlroy has been shaky of late. He’s been outside of the winning circle since 2012, not to mention Augusta’s course hasn’t been kind to him in recent years – if four of his last six disastrous finishes were any indication. That said there have been promising signs from the Irish’s camp that have many of the opinion he could win his third career Major in the coming days.
Phil Mickleson +1400
Phil Mickleson has won this event three times and finished in the top ten 14 times since 1995. You could say Augusta’s course is kind to him, perhaps even kinder than it is to most. So it might be surprising for some avid fans to discover he’s not listed shorter given his success here. This could be down to the fact that he’s on the wrong side of 40 now and history reveals that nobody has enjoyed success at this level after reaching that life’s milestone. Whatever the reason behind his market price though is, it doesn’t change the fact that Mickleson loves this course and brings his best game to these luscious lawns.
Jason Day +1600
Undoubtedly, Jason Day is a worthy threat to win the title here. The Aussie is enjoying a brilliant start to his career and many golf pundits have pegged him for future greatness. That said Day has missed the last few weeks with a thumb injury and so it remains to be seen whether he’s recovered sufficiently to make a serious run for the title. With fitness question marks hanging over his head, he cuts a rather soft figure as a Top 5 favourite.
Sergio Garcia +2000
Sergio Garcia could potentially be the value pick of the top quintet. The Spaniard has been moving from strength to strength this season. He’s a constant in the top 20, picked up the Qatar Masters and added a third place finish at Redstone in the lead up to Augusta. Granted, this event has offered up no joy for the Spaniard in season pasts but perhaps his current form suggests he could get that monkey off his back.
Outside plays: Matt Kuchar (+2200) is in good form ahead of Augusta and looks to be in prime condition to win his first Major. Bubba Watson (+2500) is the 2012 champion and, arguably, Augusta is widely considered his best chance at a Major. Henrik Stenson (+3000) is mired in a disappointing 2014 but the talented Swede is a dark horse with the ability to win this major. He could have a breakout tournament. Finally, Brandt Snedeker looks to be coming into form at the right time and he could be an outside golf pick at +4000 to consider, as well, Augusta specialist Lee Westwood at +4500.
Top Golf Picks: Rory McIlroy at +1000 and Phil Mickelson at +1400 and best outside play Matt Kuchar +2200.