The European Tour and PGA Tour are taking their Christmas breaks so, for those of you who will miss your golf betting over the next two-weeks – we thought we’d take a look and see if we can find any ante-post value in the 2018 US Masters betting.
It’s no surprise to see Jordan Spieth at the top of the market and, with tournament figures of 2/1/2/11, it’s hard to argue with quotes of 8/1, though you may get a bigger price nearer the time. Spieth wasn’t in the best of form coming into last year’s event, but hung around to finish 11th, and he really should have won his second Green Jacket the year before. His chipping and putting prowess means he should always feature on the leaderboard at Augusta, and he showed class is permanent when winning the Open Championship later in the season.
Dustin Johson is the opposite of Spieth, a player that’s lethal with driver in his hand, and he has the power to make mincemeat of Augusta. However, he may have missed his best chance of getting a Green Jacket after falling down the stairs before withdrawing from last year’s event when in the form of his life.
Then there’s Rory McIlroy, who needs a Green Jacket to complete his own personal Grand Slam of Majors. But, whilst four top-10s in the last 4 Masters Tournaments suggest he should go close once again, single-figure quotes may be double-figure quotes on the day if he doesn’t start the 2018 season in blistering form.
There’s also the injury prone Jason Day, the talented but major-less Rickie Fowler, and last year’s runner-up and very much inform Justin Rose. There’s the defending champion Sergo Garcia, whilst Hideki Matsuyama and John Rahm both have the talent, not to mention the possibility of a back-to-form Tiger Woods.
However, the biggest value looks to be Brooks Koepka. The latest US Open Champion may not have looked a natural around Augusta yet, but steady progression of 33/21/11 shows he’s trending the right way, and he improved in each round last year with rounds of 74, 73, 71 and 69. This could be a big year for him – and 50/1 looks generous.
Paul Casey also looks overpriced at 50/1 having finished 6/4/6 the last three years, but the general feeling is he lacks the killer instinct where it matters, so it may be a case of a place at best.
One player who’s proved he can win the big ones is Bubba Watson and, though he’s not showed much form out of the top-drawer of late, the current 66/1 could look massive if he decides it’s time to get back into the limelight in 2018, as he’s already a two-time US Masters winner.
The limelight surely beckons for Thomas Pieters though and, though consistency isn’t his thing either, he proved when finishing fourth last year that he has the game to win at Augusta. A third-round 75 scuppered his chances then, but a last-round 68 showed he’s learning to handle the pressure better every time he gets into contention.
2018 US Masters Ante-Post Tips
Brooks Koepka Each-Way @ 50/1 William Hill 1/5 Odds 6 Places
Thomas Pieters Each-Way @ 66/1 Bet365 ¼ Odds 5 Places