The Masters 2019: Course Guide, Tips and Betting Odds
April 11, 2019
Spring is in the air and the sun is starting to shine, which can only mean one thing in the world of golf and that is Masters time.
The famous tournament is the first of the golf season’s Majors and with winners etching their name in the sport’s history books when they pull on the iconic green jacket, it’s a competition that everybody wants to win.
It’s more than just golf fans that get gripped by the event as well, so if the weather is good in the UK on Masters weekend, then get prepared for your local golf club to be filled with part-time pitch and putters.
Europeans have won two of the last three Masters tournaments too, so let’s take a look at how the field could fare in 2019.
Unlike the other three Majors in golf – US Open, The Open and PGA Championships – the Masters remains at the same venue each year.
However, Augusta National is a golf course that can change in an instance. Not only do the pin positions increase in difficulty with each round, but a change in the weather can sometimes make it unplayable. On a nice sunny Georgia day, it’s practically paradise for a golfer, but throw in wind or rain and you’re looking at one hell of a golf course.
Conditions apart, Augusta can often have a ‘horses for courses’ type feel with familiar names regularly heading towards the top of the leader board, with Phil Mickelson one of the leading stars that fits that bill. As well as being a three-time winner of the Masters, most recently in 2010, the ‘Big Lefty’ has 12 other top 10 finishes in a total of 26 attempts. He’ll be worth following again at an each-way price of 40/1 with BoyleSports.
Augusta though comes to life in the back 9 on Sunday and particularly at the infamous Amen corner. That’s the name given to the 11th, 12th and 13th holes which have done so much over the decades to determine whose arms go in the green jacket.
Jordan Spieth is one of the most recent victims because after leading the Masters by a canter in 2016, he hit a quadruple bogey at the 12th to ruin his chance and leave a scar on his Augusta record.
Others have been there and had to buy the t-shirt as well, with Rick Reilly once writing that, “More green jackets have been lost at the 12th than at the Augusta City Dry Cleaners.”
Spieth can at least take some pride from the fact that he doesn’t hold the record for the worse score at the 12th. That still lies with Tom Weiskopf, who carded a 13 there in 1980, some 10 shots over par.
Who are the favourites?
Rory McIlroy enters this year’s hot favourite in The Masters betting odds as he looks to continue his rich vein of form and complete his Major set in winning his first green jacket.
The Northern Irishman was a winner of the Players Championship at Sawgrass just a couple of weeks ago and is yet to finish outside the top 6 in any tournament he has played so far this calendar year.
Add to the mix a great record without winning at Augusta – top 10 finishes in his last 5 Masters – and it’s easy to see why McIlroy is the 15/2 favourite with Black Type.
American Dustin Johnson isn’t too far behind him in the betting as the 9/1 second fav with 888 Sport either. DJ has long been fancied to triumph at Augusta, but a mixture of bad luck stories and injuries has meant he’s yet to get fitted for the green jacket.
Rather surprisingly though, he’s still only pocketed one Major in his career, despite regularly appearing at the top of the market for all the biggies. Like McIlroy though, he’s hit the ground running in 2019 and already has two wins in the bag, thanks to victories at the Saudi International and the WGC-Mexico Championship.
Plenty of other top 10’s have come this year as well, but I’d just question his recent Major form away from the US Open.
All Eyes on Tiger
It wouldn’t be a Masters preview without a mention for Tiger Woods. The sport’s global superstar is a four-time winner at the Masters, most recently in 2005, but has been showing signs of his old self lately and excitement is building ahead of his 22nd Masters’ outing.
He was bang in contention for the PGA Championship last year, eventually finishing 2nd, but the crowds that followed him around that day, haven’t been seen on a golf course for quite some time. He’s now back to 13th in the world rankings and has been steady in the first few months of the New Year.
He also took his first tournament win for some time at the TOUR Championship in September, and it would be great for the world of sport to see him challenge for the Masters once again. At 16/1 with Betfred, The Masters betting suggests he should be in the mix.
Any outsiders to follow?
Another man that has promised so much at Augusta, and could be ready to strike, is Californian Rickie Fowler.
He pushed Patrick Reed all the way in a gripping final round of the Masters last year, bouncing back from five shots behind thru seven, to eventually finish one shot behind Reed after six birdies on the last 11 holes.
A performance like that isn’t easy to produce on Championship Sunday at Augusta, so the 22/1 on offer for him shouldn’t be sniffed at. The same goes for Patrick Reed. Despite not being a popular one, he was a fine winner of the Masters last year, and although he’s been out of form recently, he still looks value as a returning champ at 50/1.
Outright selection: Rory McIlroy @ 15/2 with Unibet
Each-way selection: Rickie Fowler @ 22/1 with Royal Panda
Find The Masters betting odds here
As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.