ODDSbible Golf: The Masters 2017 Betting Preview
Dustin Johnson comes into this year's Masters as the red hot 11/2 favourite and with three wins to his name already this season, it shows just how good his game is right now.
When it comes to The Masters however, I always feel the value is in the each way and place betting. If Johnson turns up this week, he could well win at a canter, however it's worth noting that no favourite has won here since 2005 (Tiger Woods).
Most bookies are paying eight places this week, which gives a fantastic chance of a return. The top seven last year covered nine players, with tied places.
94 players are set to tee-off on Thursday, many of whom you can immediately discount. The likes of Sandy Lyle and Jose Maria Olazabal stand no chance of winning, and this makes it easier to eliminate players when looking for the each-way value.
Daniel Berger - 70/1 (E/W)
Berger comes into this week having finished 5th at the Shell Houston Open over the weekend, and has a top ten already at Augusta, from his only appearance here last year.
Like many of the new breed, he hits it miles, and if he can keep It on the fairway he has the potential to shoot a low score or two.
Americans tend to dominate the top ten in the three domestic majors, and with the likes of Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, and Jimmy Walker struggling for form, I like the chances of the man from Florida challenging the top ten this week, at a big price.
Charley Hoffman- 125/1 (E/W)
Charley Hoffman is notorious for starting fast. He's ranked third for first round averages at Augusta since 2005, behind only Jordan Spieth and Marc Leishman.
Whilst a fast start guarantees nothing, the winner of the last ten Masters' tournaments has been placed in the top ten after the first round, in every year. He boasts two top four finishes in his last four tournaments, and if he can start well on Thursday, he could well prove to be great value at a big price.
Paul Casey - 33/1 (E/W). Top Englishman - 5/1.
Casey has had a real resurgence after a few poor years, blighted by injury. He's a bit of a veteran at The Masters, and this year will be the eleventh time he's teed off at Augusta National. Whilst experience alone isn't enough to back him, his record is. A sixth place last year, followed a brilliant fourth in 2015. Overall, a record of six top 25's, four inside the top ten, makes a him an extremely attractive option at 33/1. Also, him to be the top Englishman at 5/1 looks fantastic value.
Justin Rose - 28/1 (E/W)
Like Paul Casey, Justin Rose has a fantastic record at Augusta. In his last seven appearances, he's finished inside the top twenty-five every time, the only player to do so, with four of those being top tens.
Each way value here isn't fantastic, but Rose is one player more than capable of challenging for the coveted green jacket this week. With a major win already in his locker and some good form this season, it'd be no surprise to see him win this week.
Dustin Johnson first round leader 10/1
Any Golf punter will know the anguish of your selection leading after the first round, and then kicking it round the course for the next three days. "If only they'd played like that for four days, I'd be a rich man".
I've been there many a time, and for that reason, the first round leader market is an attractive one. Dustin Johnson isn't a backable price for me at 11/2, but the 10/1 on offer for him to lead after round one, is.
He is an extremely fast starter. In 2015 alone he lead three of the four majors after the Thursday, winning none.
I also like the look of both Charley Hoffman at 90/1, and Marc Leishman at 50/1. They have each lead The Masters early on before, and look value to do it again.