Our top three bets for the 2019 US Masters at Augusta National.
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The 2019 US Masters is the first major of the year and it’s also the first opportunity for a lot of casual bettors to place wagers on golf. We’re looking to help you make your selections by picking out three players that we think are worth backing at Augusta National.
John Rahm @ +1600 with SugarHouse
Jon Rahm burst onto the PGA Tour in 2017 with a win in the Farmers Insurance Open, a third place at the WGC Mexico and then a runner-up spot in the World Match Play. The Spaniard was tipped for big things in his first ever US Masters and a 27th place finish was more than acceptable for a debutant at Augusta. Rahm came back last year and, with the benefit of course experience, finished fourth. This was all the more impressive as the Basque native had shot a 75 on the opening day.
Now aged 24, Rahm is firmly established as one of the world’s best golfers and all that’s missing for the 6 times professional winner, is a major title. He followed up last year’s fourth at the Masters with a fourth in the PGA Championship so he’s certainly knocking on the door. Six top 10 finishes in eight PGA starts in 2019 suggest that he’s also peaking at the right time. Augusta seems made for him and it wouldn’t be a surprise at all to see the Spaniard wearing the Green Jacket on Sunday night.
Jordan Spieth @ +2000 with SugarHouse
Jordan Spieth is not playing particularly well at the moment and he is being almost completely written off by most judges but the 25-year-old’s record around Augusta National is absolutely impeccable. In five years in Georgia, Spieth has finished 2-1-2-11-3, which means he simply has to go on any Masters shortlist. The Texan may not have won since July 2017 but if any course can bring him back to winning ways, it’s Augusta.
The former world number one has slipped to 33rd in the rankings but his form in the last fortnight has actually suggested that he might be on the way back up. He was tied 24th at the Match Play and 30th at the Valero Texas Open and those are his two highest finishes of 2019. His opening two 68s at the latter had him in contention as well and just having your name near the top of the leaderboard is inspiring. If Spieth starts well this week then we probably won’t see the player who fell backwards last week, but the one who contends at the top of the Masters leaderboard every time he plays Augusta.
Paul Casey @ +2500 at SugarHouse
Paul Casey is probably not a player who is going to win the US Masters. There are far too many question marks over his mental strength and it would require a herculean act of fortitude for the Englishman to overcome final day demons and triumph on the biggest stage of all. However, barriers are there to be broken and Casey arrives at Augusta in the best form of his life and, crucially, with a victory under his belt. He won the Valspar Championship from the front on the final day, battling off competition from Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen, who are both major winners. If that doesn’t fill the 41-year-old with confidence then nothing will.
Casey has an excellent record at Augusta, with five top 10 finishes from 12 starts in Georgia. His recent form figures of 6-4-6-15 suggests that he’s getting even better with age and experience and it seems pretty inconceivable that he won’t be there or thereabouts come close of play on Sunday. He may be a bit of a long shot for the Green Jacket, but Casey is a fantastic each-way bet at +2500, particularly with seven places paid by SugarHouse.