The action in Augusta tee’s off on April 11th, in what will be the 83rd edition of the prestigious Masters Tournament. It’s the first of four major championships in 2019, and it’s got golf fans feeling excited with all the big names of the sport in Georgia this week.
Tiger Woods looks to end a decade-long wait for a majorstitle, where he could win his fifth Masters this week. Rory McIlroy on the other hand aims for a first Masters of his career to complete a career Grand Slam of major titles.
This will be your definitive guide to betting on the 2019 Masters in Augusta, and will include our top picks for the title, each-way shouts and more. But first, let’s look at who the bookmakers fancy for this year’s Masters.
Its no surprise to see McIlroy coming in as this year’s favourite at 7/1. The Northern Irishman has had his best ever start to a competitive season, with seven top ten finishes to accompany a win at the Players Championship in March. But the 29-year-old’s last victory at a Major was back in 2014, when he won The Open in Liverpool, and a second PGA Championship in three years.
Though a new-mentality for McIlroy, which has seen him take up juggling and meditation to improve his mental game, could put him in good stead to become just the sixth man in golfing history to win all four of the majors.
Close behind McIlroy in second favourite is Dustin Johnson.The American has had a career of close-calls at majors, but he enters this year’s Masters on the back of three consecutive top 10 finishes at Augusta. Only last month as well did Johnson win the WGC-Mexico Championship, and he’s had top 10finishes at the Players and the Valspar Championships this season too.
You can get Johnson at 10/1 to win in Augusta this week, only slightly behind the favourite McIlroy. The key for DJ this week will be his putting – his driving is expected to be once again immaculate, but asked what tee shot he struggles with the most in Georgia, he said the 17th keeps getting harder every year.
An each-way bet on the Masters is usually a good bet, as most major bookies will offer six or seven places on each-way bets. William Hill are one of those bookmakers, and they’re doing so at 1/5 of the odds. One good each-way bet you could place this week would be on Rickie Fowler.
Like Johnson, Fowler has a history of close-shaves in golf, having lost out to Patrick Reed last year with a score of 14 under – a score which would’ve won 75 of the last 81 tournaments.
With a victory already to his name this year at Phoenix, Fowler will be heading to Augusta full of confidence and could be a solid each-way shout at 18/1.
The next man that might be worth a punt is Louis Oosthuizen. The South African has an impressive CV with one major win and four runner-up claims, but frustratingly the man is yet to win in the USA. But this year could well be the year for Oosthuizen, who after a second-place finish at Valspar and a quarter-finals at the Match Play, looks in good shape to relive his consistent Augusta form which has seen him place in the top 25 in four of five attempts. You can back Oosthuizen at a solid 33/1.
At 50/1, Marc Leishman looks like a tasty bet. The Australian is another one looking for his first major championship, having secured three top five finishes in just seven stroke play starts this year, and a last-16 finish at the Match Play. He will be hoping to use his experience of partnering Adam Scott when his Aussie compatriot wore the green jacket six years ago.
“I saw first-hand what it takes to win around here” said Leishman on partnering Scott in 2013. “I feel like I learned a lot that day and hopefully it will put me in good stead this week and I can be sitting here Sunday night.”
At treble those odds though, Ireland’s Shane Lowry could bring you some bank at 150/1. The man from County Offaly first burst onto the scene in 2009 when he won the Irish Open as an amateur, and has since won the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, and finished second in the US Open in 2016.
This year started well for Lowry who won the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship by a single stroke to Richard Sterne, after a run of three birdies in the final seven holes gave him the victory. Despite making the cut just once in three attempts at Augusta, Lowry has said that he’s never been so excited for a golf tournament than this one.
Bet boosts and specials.
Now that you’ve heard what our top picks and each-way shouts are, you’ll need to know the best places to place your bets. Whilst most places are offering a fifth of the odds for six places, Paddy Power are doing the same but for ten places, and so too are Coral.
Elsewhere, 888 Bet will refund any of your bets on the Masters if either Tiger Woods or Justin Rose win it. William Hill also have an offer on the golf, promising the best prices of any high street bookies on the top 20 golfers in Augusta.