As Spring arrives, there can be but one thing on the minds of golf fans around the world.
The 2019 Masters will see the elite of the world’s golfers descend on Georgia to take to the course at Augusta, in an attempt to secure what some consider golf’s most coveted prize.
Teeing off in a little over a month, we thought we’d break down some of the best bets for the tournament. These are the players we feel have the best chance of winning a famous green jacket and these would be our tips if you are looking for somebody to place a bet on the tournament.
The 2018 winner jumped to the top of the scorecard by the end of the second round and stayed there. A tense final round saw the 28-year-old just hold off the challenge of Rickie Fowler, who finished one shot behind Reed. The Texan would become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the tournament in back-to-back years.
It’s always the same story when Rory McIlroy steps out onto the first tee at Augusta – can he complete the career Grand Slam? Only five golfers in the Masters era have managed to capture each major, and Rory has been sitting on three since his 2014 PGA Championship win. He came close last year, heading out with Reed in the final pairing. A patchy performance, however, saw the 29-year-old splutter to a tied-fifth finish.
The world number one is looking as good as ever before and is no stranger to good performances in Georgia. Having finished second twice before (in 2015 and 2017), the 38-year-old might be better placed than ever before to pull on the hallowed green jacket on the 18th green come Sunday night.
It is remarkable that Dustin Johnson has only won the one major in his career, considering that you can never rule him out when a tournament arrives. The former world number one has a best finish of fourth at the Masters, attained back in 2016. Don’t be shocked to see him in and around the leaders come the end of the week. If you are looking to bet on Johnson, or any other player to win the green jacket, freebets.uk is the place to go to find some great free bets and other fantastic offers. Rory McIlroy is currently the favourite for the tournament at 11/1 by bet365, with Johnson at 12/1 by Unibet. Two Justin’s, Rose and Thomas, are also well fancied at 14/1 by BetVictor, with Tiger Woods as short as 16/1 by bet365 after a solid run of form. Tommy Fleetwood, one of the stars of Europe’s Ryder Cup victory has been tipped my many to win a major this year and he can be backed at 40/1 by PaddyPower if you think he’ll win the green jacket this year. Rickie Fowler, another who his looking to win his first major has odds of 22/1 by BetVictor to win at Augusta and there’ll surely be plenty of interest in him at that price.
‘JT’ has established himself as one of the more naturally talented golfers on the tour, and he will be itching to add to his US Open win back in 2017. Many fancied the 25-year-old to capture at least one major in 2018, but a string of disappointing performances meant a tied-sixth finish at the PGA Championship was as good as it got in primetime for the Louisville-native.
On his comeback trail so far, Tiger proved a lot of people wrong by winning a PGA Tour event in 2018. Can he go one better and find that 15th major championship? It would be his fifth Masters, a competition he last won in 2005, when he was at the peak of his powers. He says he is full of confidence heading to Augusta and a Tiger win would be one of the biggest sporting stories of recent history.
When is this man going to win a major!? Fowler came agonisingly close to besting Reed last year, charging down the back nine with a sort of ferocity that you thought could only end in him donning the green jacket. Alas, it wasn’t to be. Could this year be the one?
The ‘set’ of young American golfers is perhaps led by Jordan Spieth. Champion in 2015, this 25-year-old has no doubters as to his ability with the clubs. Putting together four consecutive rounds has proved a challenge for him to this point however, as he failed to capitalize on his position at the head of the field after 18 holes a year ago.
Jon Rahm is an absolute pleasure to watch. Emotive, charming, and really good at golf, the Spaniard is fast endearing himself to golf fans all around the globe. A fourth-placed finish at the Masters last year was interpreted by some as a statement of arrival, and he will certainly be a name to watch out for as the week draws on.