2017 US Masters Betting Tips

April 5, 2017 by Posted in Betting Tips

US Masters 2017
The best golfers in the world will converge on Augusta National Golf Club this Friday, the 7th of March (AEST) for the first of four major tournaments on the PGA this year, the US Masters.

The most anticipated gold tournament of the year will kick off Friday morning Australian time (Thursday in America) and by Monday morning the Green Jacket will have been awarded for the 2017 Masters Champion. The usual contenders in Dustin Johnson, Jordan Speith and Rory McIlroy will all be in contention while 2016 surprise packet champion Danny Willet will be aiming to defend his title.

Of the Aussies, world No.3 Jason Day will be the best chance of the bunch while former Masters winner Adam Scott can’t be ruled out. Warrnambool local Marc Leishman has also looked impressive in the early stages of 2017.

We break down a few of the players and their chances heading into the big tournament. (Prices from Ladbrokes)

Dustin Johnson – World No.1 ($7.50)
Anyone who doubted DJ’s ability before 2016 has been utterly silenced as the American catapulted to the world No.1 position earlier this year. His 2016 was stuff of legends has he won the US Open, the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the BMW Championship and finished the season as the leading money winner on the PGA, the lowest scoring average and won both the PGA Player and Tour Player of the Year awards. He has finished in the top 10 in the Masters the last two years but the Green Jacket has eluded him, a worthy favourite heading into the 2017 edition.

Rory McIlroy – World No.2 ($9)
After a downish late 2016/early 2017 that saw him win just one tournament, Rory McIlroy seems to be back in some good form after recovering from a rib injury, and just in time for the Masters. It’s the only major the Northern Irishman hasn’t won and he’ll be chomping at the bit to get his hands on a Green Jacket here. If he’s within 5 or 6 strokes on Sunday, you can’t rule this champion out.
TIP: Rory McIlroy top European player – $3.40 at Ladbrokes

Jordan Spieth – World No.6 ($9)
This youngster looked destined for a Tiger Woods like stretch when he won the first two majors of 2015 and finished 4th, 2nd and 2nd in the next three. Since then, however, his major results haven’t faired as well, with two placings in the 30s and a 13th in last years PGA Championship. Regardless of his form, he can never be written out of the Masters. He hasn’t faired worse than 2nd in his last three trips to Augusta and knows his way around the course better than anyone at this point.

Jason Day – World No.3 ($19)
After travelling back to Australia to be with his mother as she underwent an operation to treat cancer, Day has returned to golf just days out from the start of the 2017 Masters. A win here would be the ultimate tribute to his fighting mother. Emotions run high in golf as we saw when fellow Aussie Adam Scott won a playoff ‘for Australia’ back in 2013. Would be an extremely special win.

Adam Scott – World No.9 ($25)
The next best Aussie has true Masters pedigree. Arguably the best long iron game in golf, his game is tailor made for Augusta and should be in the mix on Sunday. Great for the Aussies to have two genuine chances here. If Scott can find some consistency with the putter then anything is possible here.

US Masters 2017

Hideki Matsuyama – World No.4 ($26)
Hideki Matsuyama has been the most consistent Asian player on the PGA for a long time and is well deserving of his No.4 world ranking. Even if he is yet to win a major, the reason he’s ranked so high is because he rarely has bad tournaments, easily the pick of the Asian contingent here.
TIP: Hideki Matsuyama top Asian player – $1.44 at Ladbrokes

Rickie Fowler – World No.8 ($26)
The wild-card of the draw has to be Rickie Fowler. In the best form of his career at the moment, any form of Masters success has aluded him in the past, with just one top 10 finish from six attempts and a missed cut in 2016. Arguably the hottest golfer in the world right now with top 16 finishes in every tournament since early February. Has to solidify his place among the top ten with a major at some point throughout this year.

The Euro Contingent – Top 20
Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose, Alex Noren, Danny Willett and Sergio Garcia all come into the Masters with some decent form under their belt. The best of the bunch in my opinion is Stenson who is in the mould of Adam Scott and is tailormade to the Augusta course. At 37, the clock is ticking for Sergio Garcia, who is a true great of the game but is yet to capture a major win.
TIP: Henrik Stenson top Scandinavian player – $1.57 at Ladbrokes

The Rest of the Yanks – Top 20(ish)
Always tough to rule lefty out of any tournament. One consistent round with the driver and Mickelson can completely take this tournament away from his competitors. Justin Thomas has soared into the top 10 on the back of an outstanding 2016, although I don’t think he has what it takes just yet. Two time Champion Bubba Watson always dangerous at Augusta.

If the winner doesn’t come from the group named above, I’ll be extremely shocked, but if I had to put my money on anyone at this stage it would be DJ. Dustin Johnson has been the form player of the last year and it seems like it’s time for him to solidify his No.1 ranking with a Masters win.
TIP: Dustin Johnson to win the Masters – $7.50 at Ladbrokes

2016 was a year of fantastic sporting stories. From the Foxes winning the EPL to the Cubs and Cavaliers coming from 3-1 down to win their respective titles. A Jason Day win would be right up there with the others in my opinion, should definitely be in the mix late Sunday.
TIP: Jason Day to finish top 5 – $2.74 at Ladbrokes

There were 3 aces at last year’s Masters, an anomaly by any stretch of the imagination. Before the 2016 edition we hadn’t seen a hole in one since the 2013 edition. Backing no hole in one here after three in one year may seem silly but history is in our favour.
TIP: No hole in ones – $2.10 at Ladbrokes

Hate to be a homer here but Marc Leishman has started out his 2017 campaign in fantastic form, winning the Arnold Palmer invitational a few weeks ago. His 4th place performance in 2013 shows he knows his way around Augusta, I like him for some value here.
Value TIP: Marc Leishman to win the Masters – $51 at Ladbrokes

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