Bet UK Golf Preview: The Masters Betting Tips
Bet UK’s golf betting expert returns with his tips for the first golfing major of 2019. Read Robert Cobley’s Masters betting tips below for his thoughts on the classic at Augusta. For more analysis from Cobley, check out his Augusta course guide for an in depth look at the course. Bet UK’s online sportsbook offers the latest golf betting odds for the Masters, as well as all other events throughout the year. You can also get golf betting tips for all major golf events at Bet UK's sports betting blog.
Last Week’s Results - Another successful week for Robert Cobley, who successfully predicted a Charley Hoffman place at 45/1.
The Masters: Day 2 Preview
Yesterday was a low scoring affair at The Masters with Americans Bryson Dechambeau and Phil Mickelson both posting rounds of 66 to share the lead after day 1 of the season's opening Major. Those late scores slightly overshadowed the achievements of our 300/1 pick Justin Harding who had posted the early lead with a 3 under par 69 on his Masters debut. Elsewhere the likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, and England's Ian Poulter all posted impressive opening rounds to sit within 3 shots of the lead.
There is a wide range of markets available to bet on today, and we are turning our attention to the outright where one selection in particular catches my eye. That is Phil Mickelson who sits just one shot off the lead following his best ever opening round at Augusta. Mickelson has twice claimed the green jacket, and fits the criteria of Augusta having a pro left handed player bias we discussed in our preview earlier in the week.
Mickelson is playing some of the best golf of his career, and still hits the ball long enough to contend with the big hitters above him on the leaderboard. Add to that the finesse of his short game, and that his putting seems to be there this week on the fast Augusta greens, and i feel he is worth adding to our selections.
Elsewhere Matt Kuchar sits -1, and Jimmy Walker level par. Both are inside the top 30, however it was a more disappointing day for Jordan Spieth who could only manage an opening 3 over par 75.
Recommended bet: Phil Mickelson 2 Points Win @ 14/1*
The Market Leaders
Northern Irishman Rory Mcilroy leads the market for The Masters this year following his highly impressive win at The Players Championship last month at Sawgrass. That was on the back of 4 consecutive top 10s and Rory clearly comes in with fantastic form, and it is impossible to write him off. In his last 5 starts at Augusta, Rory has been in the top 10 on each occasion, without ever seriously contending for the green jacket, and he will be hoping to change that this year, coming here in better form than ever before.
Other European challengers include Justin Rose and John Rahm. Rose has twice finished 2nd at Augusta, and will hope to go one better this year. In the form he is currently in, with a win already this year, he holds strong claims. John Rahm has played Augusta twice, finishing a highly impressive 4th last year on his 2nd visit. Rahm is another who has been in very solid form this year, and it is almost impossible to see him outside the places. He should have won The Players Championship recently, but fell away after a closing 74, and his ability to turn being in contention into wins remains questionable.
From the US, the main challengers include Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas, and Tiger Woods. Johnson has the ability to overpower any course, and has posted top 10s in each of his last 3 appearances at Augusta. He has also been top 10 in his last 4 stroke play events, including a win, and should feature at the top of the leaderboard. Justin Thomas has improved in each of his three visits to Augusta, but his form here remains surprisingly unspectacular with last year’s 17th his best finish, and he is hard to support. Tiger Woods is again improving all the time, and showed glimpses of being back to his best on the fast greens in Phoenix. If he can keep the ball on the fairways he is another that should content for the green jacket.
Rob’s Golf Betting Tips
Despite a year in the relative golfing wilderness, Jordan Spieth is simply impossible to discount at Augusta, and in any normal year would likely be going off the stand out favourite. That status, as we have seen, goes to Rory Mcilroy, however whilst he has failed to deliver a green jacket in over 10 visits to Augusta, Spieth has a win and two seconds from his 5 appearances here That type of course form makes him being twice the price of Mcilroy too good an opportunity to let pass.
Spieth showed signs of form last week, and if he can start with a solid opening round, that price will crash. Fast. Spieth retains one of the best short games in golf, and his slightly erratic game from the tee will be less punishing at Augusta than elsewhere. Spieth is also one of the best players from inside 100 yards that the game has seen, and with holes like the 2nd, 3rd,7th 8th, 13th and 15th all likely to be seeing wedge approaches, it is no surprise to see exactly why Spieth has enjoyed so much success at Augusta. I make him the joint favourite with an obviously hot Mcilroy, and feel that this price is too good to pass up. Given that Spieth has only failed to place once in his Masters career, I suggest an each way bet of 4 points E/W at 15/1*
The next best in the market is in form American Matt Kuchar. It has been a turbulent 2019 for Kuchar off the course with controversy surrounding his payment, or relative lack of, to the local caddie who helped him to a win in Mexico in 2018. Added to that was his spat with Sergio Garcia at the World Match Play two weeks ago. On the course, however, Kuchar has been going from strength to strength. He has posted two top 5s in his last 5 strokeplay events, and will be desperate to add a Major title to his impressive CV. At Augusta, Kuchar has posted top 10s in half of his visits, including 3 top 5s in his last 6, and with that consistency of course form added to his current good play, Kuchar has to be backed to feature highly once again this year. He also performed impressively on the fast greens in Houston where he lost the final of the match play to Kevin Kisner. With conditions at Augusta are likely to closely mirror those found in Austin, I recommend a play of 3 points E/W at 40/1*
My next tip for this week is Jimmy Walker. I almost made Walker the headline pick as the price of 250/1* is one of the best that I have seen in a long, long time. Forty year old Walker has been undeniably out of sorts recently, not featuring heavily on the Texas swing where he usually dominates leaderboards in his home state, however he has made each of his last 3 cuts and has solid form at Augusta where he has played on 5 occasions, making the cut each time with a best finish of 8th back on his debut in 2014. Walker is a big hitter who shapes the ball right to left, and as you can see from our course guide, this is the exact profile of a player that we expect to feature this week. Walker also has a good short game, however it is fair to say that all facets have been below their best over the past year.
If the real Jimmy Walker can arrive down Magnolia Lane this week and get off to a solid start, the price of 250/1* could seem like one of the steals of the season. I suggest 1 point E/W at 250/1
The final play for this week is South Africa’s Justin Harding. Harding has come on leaps and bounds in the past year and at 33 is a relatively late bloomer on Tour. He has however shown recently, including in his epic tussle with Rory Mcilroy in the match play, that he is comfortable competing at the very highest level, and he definitely has the game to tackle Augusta should he not be over awed by the occasion. Harding has a great short game, and fits a similar profile to the likes of countryman Charl Schwartzel who won here in 2011, and Louis Oosthuizen who finished runner up to Adam Scott a year later. This is an unknown, and I don’t expect Harding to win, but he can definitely challenge for a place and I suggest 1 point E/W at 300/1*
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