Masters Tournament: PGA Golf Odds, Pick, Predictions, Dark Horses - 4/5/18
The 2018 Masters Tournament
Masters Tournament: Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1:00 pm (Augusta National Golf Club) See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN, CBS
We’ve made it to our first PGA major of the year, the Masters Tournament, which is pretty much the Super Bowl of golf and a must-watch for even casual fans. The field is loaded, the stakes are high, the moments will be remembered forever and there’s tons of valuable betting options. Nobody is taking a week off here, so you can bet on just about anybody and get a decent price tag across the board.
Enough talking and let’s try to pick a winner.
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Here are five golfers to consider throwing on your card this week.
Jordan Spieth - Jordan Spieth has owned the Masters, either winning or finishing runner-up in three of the last four years. Spieth won the title in 2015 with a -18 to par, which was the best score in the tournament since Tiger Woods hit it back in 1997, and he was second in 2014 and 2016. The run for Spieth came to an end last year, but he was still a respectable 11th place. Needless to say, nobody has had as much recent success in Augusta the way Spieth has. Add the fact he finished third last week in the Houston Open, and Spieth is ready to roll with his +1000 odds. He’s a must play.
Justin Rose - Justin Rose didn’t inspire much confidence in the Houston Open, but he still has five top-10 finishes in his last seven events and is seventh in bird average along with ninth in scoring average. Rose should be able to bounce back just fine, especially when you consider he’s finished runner-up in two of the last three Masters. In fact, Rose has finished no worse than 10th in his last three appearances in Augusta. Here’s to Rose winning his second major and first since the 2013 US Open. You can get the Englishman at +1400 odds.
Sergio Garcia - Sergio Garcia finally got the monkey off his back winning this tournament last year, and he heads into this week even happier after the birth of his daughter. Garcia doesn’t have much golf under his belt this season, but he’s still eighth in birdie average, first in scoring average and first in sand save percentage. We also know Garcia has been a top-10 machine when it comes to majors, which makes him a strong value play even if he doesn’t finish the way you’d like, he at least gives your play a chance on the final day. A golfer hasn’t won the Masters back-to-back years since Tiger Woods back in 2001-02. I’ll still give the Spaniard a look with +2800 odds.
Hideki Matsuyama - Hideki Matsuyama is a golfer who isn’t mentioned enough in big tournaments as much as he should be. At just 26 years old, Matsuyama has seven top-10 finishes in majors, which includes finishing 11th or better in each of his last three appearances in Augusta. Matsuyama doesn’t come into this tournament in crazy good form like a lot of the other bigger names, but he’s about as rock solid as you can find, as he makes the cut weekly and has a track record of showing up in big tournaments. He’s a good under the radar play at +3500 odds. Here’s to Matsuyama becoming the first ever Japanese golfer to win the Masters.
Rickie Fowler - Rickie Fowler has two top-10 finishes in his last eight events and is finishing in the top-25 50 percent of the time this season. Fowler is top-50 driving accuracy percentage, 13th in greens in regulation percentage and 12th in birdie average. Fowler is also one of those golfers who may be due for a breakout major victory, as he’s finished 12th or better in three of his last four appearances in Augusta and has six top-10 finishes in majors overall since 2014. We’re only getting +2000 odds with Fowler this week, but there’s a feeling we see him put on a show.