2018 British Masters Golf Betting Tips
The British Masters golf gets underway on October 11th at Walton Health Golf Club in Surrey. This year the event is hosted by Justin Rose. The Englishman welcomes several stars of the Ryder Cup to the Old Course at one of England’s most historic golf venues.
The list of those who have won the British Masters since its inception in 1946 reads like a directory of golfing nobility. Montgomerie, Torrance, Woosnam, Ballesteros, Faldo, Trevino, Langer and Norman have all won the event since it joined the European Tour in 1972.
But in recent years it’s proven a little harder to pick the victor with outsiders emerging from the pack to claim the title. There’s a strong field at this one, so who should you be keeping an eye on in the 68th edition of the British Masters? Get the latest 2018 British Masters Odds from Bet UK's online sportsbook.
Justin Rose is joined by some of his triumphant comrades from Team Europe’s victory at the Ryder Cup at the top of the odds. Rose won the British Masters way back in 2002 and has had the year of his life rising to top of the rankings this summer. He can reclaim his world number one spot with a win here.
The host himself has been installed as pre-tournament favourite to win the British Masters with the pick of his teammates from France not far behind. Rose looks a compelling choice to back here but the added responsibility of hosting the event might prove a little distracting.
Open winner Francesco Molinari and Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood aren’t far behind Rose in the betting. Both continued their rich form from this season at Le Golf National with star performances for Thomas Bjørn’s victorious team.
Molinari, in particular, seems to have taken a liking to British venues having already won the Open at Carnoustie in July and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth earlier in the year. The Italian recently based himself in London, so Surrey’s Walton Heath is on his doorstep.
Thobjorn Oleson is also in the field as is Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn along with his five vice captains – Lee Westwood, Robert Karlsson, Luke Donald, Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell.
Bank On A Home Winner
Five of the last ten winners of the British Masters have come from England so the smart money may settle upon a pick from the home nations. Golf courses don’t come much more ‘English’ than Walton Heath either, with a heathland setting at a club which boasts four former prime ministers and a British king amongst its former members.
Certainly, the locals will be boosted by a large partisan home crowd. The Masters is one of just three European Tour events to take place in England this year and 10,000 free tickets have been given away for the opening round.
Scouring The British Masters Outsiders
Outsiders have done well at the Masters in recent years with long-shots claiming the crown since its 2015 relaunch, so there’s potential to be had from scouring the coupons for a value punt. You’ll find offers to pay out on fairly long places in the each-way markets too.
Since the competition returned from a seven-year hiatus, Matthew Fitzpatrick claimed his first professional win at the newly refreshed event at odds of around 30/1 three years ago. Following his win at the Omega Masters last month, the Englishman is priced a little shorter this year at around 25/1*.
Last year’s winner Paul Dunne was way out at 50/1 before the tournament teed off at Close House in 2017, and he’s even further back this time around with golf betting odds as long as 100/1* for the Irishman to retain his title.
For those looking for a decent price, Matt Wallace has won three times on the Tour this year and could be a value pick at odds of around 40/1*, while Eddie Pepperell is enjoying a good year and will be priced a little farther out than the British Masters favourites.
Who Has The Game To Suit The Course?
The clue being in the name, Walton Heath is truly a heathland golf course. Most fairways are lined by heather which makes for some challenging deep rough and we can expect a few balls to go missing during the four days of play. The fairways aren’t especially tight, and the course isn’t particularly long, but accurate driving to avoid the natural hazards will be essential.
Wind may well play a part too. Walton Heath is 713 feet above sea level and the English autumn is firmly upon us. The course plays hard and it plays fast, meaning some in the field may be hoping for a few October showers to slow it down. Whoever the winner turns out to be, they will have had to put in a masterclass with the irons to have emerged victorious.
Head over to Bet UK's dedicated 2018 British Masters page for more news and updates ahead of the tournament.
*All odds from Bet UK's online sportsbook are correct at the time of writing.
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