Wed, Apr 4, 11:23am by Staff Writer
The Masters begins on Friday morning Australian time and it is always a fascinating tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia.
The event consists of four rounds of 18 holes each, with golfers competing in the first two rounds to make the cut. The field is reduced using a cut-off score.
This year the Masters will feature the re-emergence of both Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy, making it one of the most hyped events in recent memory.
Tiger Woods returns as a four-time Masters champion and is still the youngest Masters champion, when he was victorious as a 21-year-old in 1997.
Woods is $13 to win a fifth Masters, equal fourth favourite with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose.
Johnson currently tops the USPGA Rankings for strokes gained and he is one of the favourites to do well this season after injury ruled him out of the 2017 tournament.
Jordan Spieth is the favourite to win the Masters at $11 at Sportsbet, with Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy closely following at $12.
2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia is $31 to repeat his enormous 2017 feat where he beat Justin Rose in a playoff.
From a betting perspective, Spieth and Thomas look the best two golfers to back at this event.
There is a lot of hype surrounding both McIlroy and Woods, but little of it is warranted.
Woods’ odds represent value at a time when he was playing world-beating golf, not the Tiger Woods of today who is rebuilding his game and coming back after a significant lay off.
Key Australian golfers in the field include Jason Day ($17), Adam Scott ($51), Marc Leishman ($56) and Cameron Smith ($81).
Day is the best supported of the Australian golfers, paying $2 to be the Top Australian player behind Adam Scott at $4 and Marc Leishman at $4.33 at Sportsbet.
The leader after round one is a wide-open and wildly unpredictable market with Jordan Spieth leading the way at $17 with Rory McIlroy.
There is good value in the top 5 finish markets, with Jordan Spieth paying $3.30 as well as three-time champion Phil Mickelson who is fetching $4.33 to finish in the top five at an event he has won three times.
There are a range of other markets including winning nationality, top US player, top English player and the to Make the Cut market.
Dustin Johnson has been the most consistent golfer at majors in recent years and finished in the top 10 at Augusta in 2015 and 2015. This is his best chance to win the Masters given the field around him is wide open.
With Rory McIlroy ending a lengthy losing streak with his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he is too short to consider at this event on the back of recent form.
Back Dustin Johnson to win his maiden Masters title.
Best bet- Dustin Johnson to win at $13
US Masters Odds – Sportsbet
Jordan Spieth $11
Justin Thomas $12
Rory McIlroy $12
Dustin Johnson $13
Tiger Woods $13
Justin Rose $13
Jason Day $17
Bubba Watson $17
Phil Mickelson $19
Paul Casey $26
Rickie Fowler $26
Jon Rahm $26
Sergio Garcia $31
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