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2017 Masters golf betting preview

2017 Masters golf betting preview

It’s the 81st Masters tournament this week, and a strong field heads to Augusta for the first major of 2017.
Dustin Johnson is in superb form and heads the betting, but with no favourite having win the tournament in 12 years, there’s plenty of value available. Keep reading for our 2017 Masters betting preview.

World number one looking to win second major title

Last week, the former Masters champion Jordan Spieth said ‘to win the Masters, you will have to beat Dustin Johnson.’
For a long time it was thought that while Johnson had the talent, he didn’t have the nerve to win the big titles. A victory at the 2016 US Open changed that, and the world number one arrives at Augusta in exceptional form.
Johnson has won his last three Tour events and is the current holder of three of the four WGC titles. He performed well at Augusta last year – he finished fourth – and is certainly the mean the others have to beat this week.
Johnson is the 13/2 favourite: just bear in mind that the favourite in the betting hasn’t won the Masters since Tiger Woods triumphed in 2005.
No-one has a better record at the Masters than Spieth. In his three visits the 23 year old has finished tied for second on two occasions, and won the third with a record-breaking score of 18 under par. Of course his collapse last year when well placed needs to be taken into consideration, as does his form which hasn’t quite hit the heights of two years ago.
The Texan has still won a couple of Tour events this year, however, and his record at Augusta speaks for itself. He is a 7/1 chance.
Speaking of collapsing in the final round of the Masters, Rory McIlroy still needs a Green Jacket to complete his grand slam of Major titles. It’s been a stop-start season for the 27 year old with injury problems hampering his performances, and he hasn’t won a Tour event this year.
However, McIlroy does have a decent record at Augusta and if he can improve his putting he should be in contention this week.
Hideki Matsuyama has been knocking on the door of a Major win for a couple of years now and looks a decent each way shout at 18/1, while the talentedJustin Thomas has three Tour wins to his name this season and looks a decent bet at 30/1.

Some outsiders to follow in the Masters betting

Last year we tipped an up and coming Englishman as a superb 55/1 each way bet for the Masters. Danny Willett ended up winning the tournament – and securing us a tidy profit – and there’s another young European Tour player who could make a splash at Augusta this year.
Tommy Fleetwood has risen into the world’s top 35 and has already taken a European Tour title this year having finished 2016 with top 15 finishes in eight of his last ten events. The 26 year old was in great form last month at the WGC-Mexico Championship, finishing runner-up to world number one Dustin Johnson after an excellent final round.
Fleetwood’s game should suit Augusta – his drives average over 300 yards and he’s ranked first on the European Tour for hitting greens – and while just one rookie has won the Masters in 82 years, he’s a decent each way punt at 80/1.
With six wins on the PGA Tour, Bill Haas has been one of the most consistent players on Tour in the last few years. He’s yet to miss a cut on Tour in 2017, and was in excellent form as he finished 3rd in the recent WGC Match Play event.
Haas always plays well at Augusta, and has made the cut in every visit to the Masters. He’s finished in the top 25 in each of his last four visits and a breakthrough at a Major tournament looks overdue. His best result was a T9 at last year’s US Open but considering his consistency at this event he looks absolutely terrific each way value at 90/1.
If you’re looking for a rank outsider then it may be worth considering one of the best amateurs in the game. Curtis Luck won last year’s US Amateur title – joining a list of former winners including Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Phil Mickelson – and many amateur champions have gone on to enjoy spectacular Masters success.
Recent winners Bryson deChambeau and Matthew Fitzpatrick have fared well at Augusta and so the 20 year old Australian could also go well this week. He’s a 500/1 chance.
2017 Masters golf odds on Paddy Power.

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