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2015 Masters betting preview

2015 Masters betting preview

It’s the 79th Masters this weekend as the cream of world golf head to the famous Augusta National course looking to win the first Major of 2015.

American golfers have dominated the Masters over recent years with home grown players winning 9 of the last 14 tournaments. Bubba Watson is the defending champion although he will face strong competition from a band of talented young players.

Keep reading for our preview of the 2015 Masters Tournament.

Europeans looking for first Masters win since 1999

The Masters has been a funny old tournament for the world number one in recent years. Rory McIlroy has looked well placed to win on a couple of occasions only for his game to unravel when it mattered most.

The 25 year old went into the final round four shots ahead of the chasing pack in 2011 before shooting a final round 80 and finishing outside the top ten while in 2012 he was one shot off the lead going into the weekend before fading and finishing T40.

A bad round in each of the last two years has cost him – a 79 in 2013 and 77 in 2014 – although this could finally be his year. Before missing the cut at the Honda Classic last month McIlroy’s finishing positions in his previous seven events worldwide were 2, 1, T2, T2, 1, 1 and 1. Even slight dips in form by his high standards have resulted in T9 and T11 finishes in his last two starts.

McIlroy is the 11/2 favourite and could become the first European to win the Masters since Jose Maria Olazabal in 1999.

Henrik Stenson is the world’s second best golfer – at least according to the rankings – and the Swede has been in magnificent form in the US this year so far. In his three starts on the PGA Tour he has finished T4, 4 and 2.

The Ryder Cup star finished a career-best T14 at the Masters in 2014 and looks to be a solid bet this year. He is a 22/1 chance.

Since the turn of the century the two Europeans who have come closest to winning the green jacket. Last year’s runner-up Jonas Blixt is a 150/1 chance this year but a better bet is Lee Westwood who was second to Phil Mickelson in 2010 and whose recent good form has rather flown under the radar.

Before missing the cut in Houston last week Westwood has finished in the top 25 in each of the six PGA Tour events he has played in the 2014/15 season. He has recorded eight consecutive top 25 finishes worldwide and finished 7th at the Masters last year and T8 the year before. Westwood is excellent value at 40/1.

The US challenge

Much of the pre-tournament attention has focused on the participation of Tiger Woods who returns to action having played just 47 holes of competitive golf this year. Woods is as short as 40/1 to win the Masters which looks far from tempting considering his form.

The former champion is outside the world’s top 100 and hasn’t finished a PGA Tour event under par for over 570 days. I think the 10/11 on him missing the cut is terrific value.

One of the outstanding prospects in world golf, this could be a breakthrough year for last year’s Masters runner-up. Jordan Spieth has been in stunning form over recent weeks, winning the Valspar Championship and finishing runner-up at both the Valero Texas Open and Shell Houston Open in the last month.

The 21 year old recorded his sixth top ten finish in eight starts last weekend and one of the main reasons for his success has been the quality of his putting. I think he has an outstanding chance at 10/1.

Also 10/1 is Bubba Watson, winner of the Masters in two of the last three years. The unorthodox left hander has a superb recent record at Augusta and finished third in a strong field at the WGC Cadillac Championship in his most recent start.

With a PGA Tour win under his belt already this season the 36 year old should go well as the defending champion.

Jimmy Walker has earned more prize money in the last two seasons than in the previous twelve combined and the 25 year old won in Texas a fortnight ago. He has headed the FedEx Cup rankings for 47 of the last 61 weeks and finished T8 at Augusta last year. He looks superb each-way value at 22/1.

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