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2019 PGA Betting Picks: The Masters

2019 PGA Betting Picks: The Masters

It’s finally that time of year! It feels like we have been waiting an eternity for the first official PGA Major of the season, but the moment is finally here. The best golfers in the world will descend on Augusta National Golf Club this weekend for The Masters, arguably the most prestigious of the four golfing majors.

Play will kick off early on Thursday morning and continue through to the final round on Sunday. As usual, we have a comprehensive betting preview with our picks for The Masters below!
2019- The Masters Betting Picks

One of the best sporting weekends on the annual calendar is upon us with the Masters set to kick off on Thursday, the NBA Playoffs starting on Saturday night and the MLB season now in full swing! 2018 Masters Champion Patrick Reed will be back to defend his title and look to become the first player since Tiger Woods to win back to back green jackets, and alongside him will be an absolutely stacked Masters field.

2019 – The Masters Betting Picks

The Field

There are 19 different ways a player can qualify for The Masters, the easiest of which is to be a former Masters Champion, which will gain you entry into The Masters for life. US Open, The Open Championship and PGA Championship Champions from the last five years also gain automatic entry, as do winners of THE PLAYERS Championship from the last five years.

With those qualifications alone, The Masters would already be a stacked tournament, add in the Top 50 ranked golfers in the world at the end of the previous calendar year and last week and it becomes an absolute who’s who of golf.

Eyes will be on Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy this weekend as he attempts to capitalise on one of the more dominant stretches in PGA Tour history and break his Masters hoodoo. McIlroy is joined by the likes of Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Jordan Spieth, Tiger Woods, Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler, Brooks Koepka and Bubba Watson at the top of the markets.

The Course

What more can we say about Augusta that hasn’t already been said by lovers of golf throughout its nearly 100 year history. Founded sometime in the 1930’s, Augusta is without doubt the most famous golf club in the world, known for its tricky slopes that line fairways and its daunting greens that can punish even the best players.

There’s no wonder that Jordan Spieth, who has regularly been one of the best putters in the world for the last five years, plays so well at Augusta. The greens at Augusta are regularly rated in the 13-15 mark in the speed rating (max 15) and some of the best golfers in the world have absolutely capitulated on them throughout The Masters history.

Strong players on and around the green will be our focus this weekend, as well as players who aren’t afraid to settle for par. Regularly at Augusta, it’s the players that go to aggressively at pins throughout the first two rounds that are the first to fall victim to Augusta.

Picks

A few guys caught our eye this weekend for value, and some were just impossible to look past. Rory McIlroy (+650) falls into the latter category. As we mentioned above, the Northern Irishman is going through one of the most dominant stretched in PGA Tour history at the moment, having racked up seven top 10 finishes through eight official PGA Tour events already this season. He capped off the domination with a fantastic win at THE PLAYERS Championship just a few weeks ago, where he shot a 16 under 272. Also has great history at Augusta, having finished in the top 10 the last five years in a row. Is this the year that Rory finally breaks his Masters hoodoo?

Tough to believe American Matt Kuchar (+4200) is as far down on the betting markets as he is at the moment. The current world No.16 has had a 2019 to remember so far as one of just two players to win multiple titles (Mayakobo Classic and Sony Open). Kuchar has racked up five top ten finishes through 11 PGA Tour tournaments this season and has four top 10 finishes at The Masters since 2010.

Other players we like include Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Bubba Watson, Si Woo Kim and Phil Mickelson.

TELEVISION: Thursday-Friday, 3-7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN), highlights show 11:30-11:45 p.m. (CBS). Saturday, 3-7:30 p.m. (CBS). Sunday, 2-7 p.m. (CBS).

 

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