US Masters Golf 2019 – Tigers Chances, Rose’s First Major and Canadians on the Course
Best Bet to Win the 2019 Masters
Top odds to win the 2019 Masters
- Rory McIlroy +650
- Dustin Johnson +900
- Tiger Woods +1200
- Justin Thomas +1400
- Justin Rose +1400
- Jon Rahm +1800
- Jordan Spieth +2200
- Rickie Fowler +2200
- Brooks Koepka +2200
- Paul Casey +2200
Odds as of April 2, 2019
US Masters Golf odds have yet to finalized, as players can still make the field. However, as it currently stands and final spots project, this year’s Masters is the smallest field since 1997 when Tiger Woods won his first Green Jacket.
The smaller field means worse odds on the top golfers. Last year, Rory McIlroy tied Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson as favourites to win the 2018 Masters at +1000. This year’s tournament sees online sportsbooks open two of these players open with odds sub +1000. At odds that low, there are better wagers to make on who will win the 2019 Masters.
Based on the current odds, the best bet of the favourites to win the Masters is Justin Rose. Rose has finished within the top-14 at the last four Masters, including runner-up in 2015 and 2017. Rose made a switch in clubs at the start of 2019, which resulted in a win at the Farmers Insurance Open in January. He continued his strong play at the Players Open, finishing in eighth place, behind three rounds of 68 or better.
Rose’s age could play into his favour. At 38 years old, Rose is right around the age Phil Mickelson was when he won his second and third Masters. He is just under two years older than Sergio Garcia was during his win at the Masters (and his first Golf Major) in 2017. He is also one year younger than Angel Cabrera was when he was victorious at the 2009 Masters.
For a golfer who has spent time as the world number one, Justin Rose is due for a win at a Major. With the field smaller than usual and his previous results at Augusta, taking Justin Rose at +1400 is one of the best bet you can make on the 2019 Masters.
Pick: Justin Rose (+1400) to Win the 2019 Masters
Tigers’ Chances at Winning the Masters
Probably the biggest story going into the 2019 Masters is Tiger Woods and his chances of winning. Woods is coming off a strong performance at the Dell Match Play Tournament, making it to the quarterfinals. To make it to the quarterfinals, Woods beat Masters’ favourite Rory McIlroy, which is more proof Woods can hang with the best on the Tour. However, it not just only about Woods’ play at the Dell Match Play Tournament
Woods’ play on the Tour over the last year should have golf fans and bettors confident Woods can contend at Augusta. In 2018, Woods had seven top-six finishes, including his first victory in five years, when he won at the Tour Championship in September. He has carried his play forward into 2019 with some reasonable results.
So far through the 2019 PGA season, Woods has made every cut and finished between 10th and 30th at the five events (plus the quarterfinals at last weekend’s match play). It does seem as though he is saving himself for Augusta. Woods is a veteran at Augusta and knows winning the Masters means more for his legacy than anything else. He looks healthy coming into the event, and although it may not be enough to win the event, splitting the wager between a win and an each way top-five finish is a good bet.
Pick: Tiger Woods +300 (EW) to Finish in the Top 5
The Value Pick – Tommy Fleetwood
Tommy Fleetwood is one of the best upcoming players on the PGA Tour and worth a wager to win the Masters at +2500. Fleetwood is coming off career-best performances at every Golf Major last season, including a T17 finish at the 2018 Masters.
Fleetwood has carried his strong 2018 into 2019. Fleetwood has two top-five finished this year. Fleetwood entered play on the final day of the Players Championship one shot off the lead. He was outplayed on the last day of that tournament by Rory and Justin Rose, but he showed enough gusto to prove he can win a Major. With US Masters golf betting odds of +2500, Fleetwood is worth some side money.
Pick: Tommy Fleetwood (+2500) to Win the Masters
See below the top sportsbooks where you can wager online and choose the best one for you:
Canadians on the Course
The 2019 Masters could see no Canadians participate in the event. While Mike Weir is granted lifelong entrance into the tournament (as a previous winner), Weir had not made the cut at the Masters since 2014, when he finished 44th overall. Weir is much closer to full retirement from golf than winning the Masters (and odds on him winning are available on request only).
The other Canadian with odds (although at +12500 he is a heck of a longshot) is Adam Hadwin. Hadwin made his Masters debut last year and fared well, finishing in a tie for 24th. The problem with betting on Hadwin again in 2019, is the Canadian has yet to qualify for the Masters. For Hadwin to make it, he needs to win the Texas Open this weekend. While Hadwin is a good golfer, betting on him to win back-to-back tournaments is not worth your money.
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