US Masters Betting Tips 2018
The Bettingpro team share their best bets for Augusta. Leigh Copson in Golf 3 Apr Justin Rose has an impressive record in the Masters with top finishes on five separate occasions and he makes plenty of appeal as a solid each-way bet.
US Masters Justin Rose. He may not be the same golfer that so many of us grew up watching, but Woods still has the ability to make something happen. Jordan Spieth hasn't been at his best for the past six months and there is no denying that his form has taken a dip since winning the Open Championship with the American failing to win any PGA Tour events since that victory at Carnoustie. US Masters Jordan Spieth.
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Naturally they'll help to shape a view on players who could go well this week: Combined Current and Course Form is now available here. Our published predictor is available here. You can build your own model using the variables listed on the left hand side. Recent Player Skill Rankings: Players must have played in a minimum of 2 Tour events to be included and rankings are based on performance relative to the rest of the field: For a summary of winners' odds on the European Tour for the past 7 years based on the schedule click here ; for a similar summary of PGA Tour results over the past 7 years click here.
With a relatively dry build-up to Masters week and little in the way of rain in the forecast until Saturday, I'm expecting faster course conditions for the first 36 holes. Also expect cold temperatures for the early starters across both Thursday and Friday which will make the course play extremely long. A passing front deposits rain and is accompanied by strong breezes, most likely during play on Saturday. Sunday therefore should see a soft course and the best scoring conditions of the week.
Analysing the final stats of the last 8 winners of the Masters since gives us a little more insight into the requirements for this test: Let's take a view from players as to how the course sets up and what skill sets the course favours: There's no doubt about that. Nothing wrong with Augusta. I think that the main thing that has improved is the way I'm looking at it the last, probably, two or three years, and obviously this year. But, yeah, I mean, I think it's the kind of place that if you are trying to fight against it, it's going to beat you down.
But at the end of the day, that's part of the game. You need the ball flight control. And the greens, a lot of them are obviously raised up, which is very tricky to putt. Holing out on 4, 5, 6 holes, they've already got a ball rolling off a break on greens that are probably at 12 or 13, and you tuck a bit of wind in there, and it's just one of them that you hope you're hitting it the right time and you don't get a gust that can knock it off line, that's how windy it can get on a few of them.
The golf course is only going to get firmer and faster. But this golf course, even if you're hitting it really well, you still got to make putts on these greens. Obviously crosswinds and fast greens, it's never easy. So, the golf course has firmed up day by day so, hopefully, tomorrow if the wind does die, we can still keep the control of the ball flight and hopefully roll a few in.
I always say you have to hit it hard enough but soft enough around here. If people get that, if you get that, then you understand what it means to chip around Augusta. And that's kind of what I've been trying to work on is just really having the touch around here because you definitely need the touch and to get the lines right. You could be hitting a chip shot and you might hit the same chip shot, one with less spin and one with more spin, and they could be 20, 30 feet apart, but you could hit it on the same line, you know what I mean.
So it's got to be precise here. Because, you know, I played the golf course different. You know, I never hit an 8 iron or 7 iron into I always hit a 4 iron or 3 iron because I couldn't get it down on the bottom. On 13, there was no chance for me to get the second shot on the green.
So, I mean, on a golf course that's tough enough, how do you want to keep the ball on the green with a 3 iron on 10? So now I can hit a draw, it's a little bit against the natural, but I can make it work.
At least I have an option. I know how to hit the shot. If I don't have to, then of course, you don't. If you take a natural player or a player who draws the ball naturally, obviously he takes his natural shot as much as possible, and that's what I'm trying to do, as well.
But on certain holes, you don't have an option here. And I hit the draw and it worked out very well the last couple years. Once that happens, you know, see a couple go in, the hole gets bigger. You just really have to have an imagination on these greens, because putts that typically you play a ball out, even downhill putts, and you're still going to take it easy; you have to play three, four times the amount of break on a lot of the putts out here, not only with the influence of Rae's Creek, but also just the speed of these greens.
So I think that distance is going to be a huge element this week. And we've talk about it in the past, but the reason I think this week, especially, is that the greens are very soft and receptive, and so the longer hitters are going to be able to reach the par5s and get the ball stopped on the greens.
When we have bad weather like we had in , you might be able to get to the greens, but you can't keep it on the green. That really didn't help the longer hitters, and I think guys like Dustin and J.
Holmes and Bubba Watson and Rory McIlroy, the usual suspects who really hit the ball long and far, have a distinct advantage coming into these greens. I think distance is going to be a factor and I'm going to be trying to swing as hard as I can. I won't be able to keep up with them, but hopefully I'll be able to keep it in the same zip code and have short irons into greens so I can have opportunities at lots of birdies.
So you're going to have great fairways, great greens, so you have the chance to score. You have the chance to play at a high level.
Most of the holes, I got lucky with 11 the last two years with the ice storms, some of the tops of the trees are missing. So that shot is a little bit easier for me now off the tee, if there is such a thing on a yard par 4. But it's a little bit easier. So now, it's 7, 1 and 18 are the holes that I look at that are difficult for me off the tee.
When you think about all of the other holes look good to my eye, set up well for me, the trees outline the fairway pretty good, so it's easy for me to envision the shot I want to hit. If you add it up, yes, Augusta sets up pretty nicely for me. And like I said, if I never win again, it's a good place to win twice.
Below are the end of round positions for the last 8 Masters winners: Incoming form of winners since First Round Leader Analysis: First round leader s , their wave and winning score since Full First Round Leader stats are here. Naturally the Augusta National course always takes centre stage at The Masters, but weather over the course of tournament week could have a major impact on the result this time around. Across and renewals we've seen strong winds being a factor, with receptive conditions also a factor across Spieth's record low winning score and for the opening round 12 months ago.
Fact is that a fast start at Augusta is imperative and contenders need to be right up with the pace from early on. It's incredibly hard to play catch-up on a course where aggression leads to inevitable bogeys or doubles. So what weather and course conditions can we expect for ?
Firstly variable but relatively light breezes will be a feature throughout. It's worth remembering that Augusta National is famous for the fact that wind always calms towards the latter end of play.
From a turf condition, expect relatively fast conditions over the first 36 holes, but with the wind on Saturday comes rain, which will undoubtedly make the course play softer and longer.
Expect the lowest scoring to occur on Sunday. Augusta trends are plentiful, but here are the ones that have had bearing over recent Masters history: All winners here going back to had previously won a main Tour event on pure Bentgrass greens. Since the course was last significantly changed in , all winners have averaged over yards from the tee in the season they won the Green Jacket. However a high ball flight is just as, if not even more, important around Augusta with all winners going back to Trevor Immelman in ranking in the top on the PGA Tour Distance to Apex statistic in the season they placed a Green Jacket on their shoulders.
You can also throw into the mix the fact that no world number 1 since Tiger Woods in has won here. No defending champion since that Woods win in has captured the Green Jacket and, more tellingly for punters, only Tiger himself in and has finished in the each-way places. Naturally only a fool would rule out both Dustin Johnson's and Sergio Garcia's chances based upon these trends alone, but let's face it, the omens aren't good.