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05th Apr 2018

Masters 2018: The Experts’ guide: who’s backing who at Augusta?


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The 2018 Masters gets underway at Augusta this week, promising to be the most exciting in recent memory.

If, like us, you’ve been wondering who to stick a few quid on, perhaps what follows will be of some use. 188BET are paying 1/5 odds for anyone who finishes in the top six so there’s plenty of scope for a punt.

We’ve had a quick scan around and looked at some of the favourites to slip on the green jacket on Sunday.

Jordan Spieth – Decimal odds 11.0

Ignoring his final round in last year’s Masters (his worst ever at Augusta), Spieth has form in this tournament. A winner in 2015, he’s rightly regarded as one of the favourites this time around.

Rory McIlroy – Decimal odds 12.0

Still regarded by many as the best golfer on the planet on his day,  Jack Nicklaus is one of those backing McIlroy to complete a career Grand Slam this weekend following his impressive victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational last month..

Sam Torrance and Butch Harmon are also amongst those tipping him for victory.

Justin Thomas – Decimal odds 12.0

Appearing in just his third Masters, his form in the last 16 months have seen a few tip him to take the green jacket on Sunday – even if his last two outings at Augusta weren’t all that impressive.

Dustin Johnson – Decimal odds 13.0

Just like he was last year, one of the pre-tournament favourites, even if he’s never really been in serious contention on the final afternoon during his last seven Masters. As the world’s top-ranked golfer at this moment in time, you’d fancy him to make a serious play for the championship this year.

Tiger Woods – Decimal odds 15.0

In decent form and finally free of debilitating injuries, Tiger is seen as one of the favourites at Augusta by many. The likes of Ernie Els and Sir Nick Faldo have gone on record saying that they expect him to challenge. Could his decade-long major drought be about to come to an end.

Justin Rose – Decimal odds 15.0

Masters runner-up twice in the last three years, plenty appear to think the Englishman will be a serious challenger at Augusta this time around, including Bernhard Langher. 

Bubba Watson – Decimal odds 17.0

2018 has undoubtedly seen a rejuvenated Bubba, who has shot up the World Golf Rankings to 21st place, despite being 117th not so long ago. A Masters victory might seem unlikely to many, but others – including ESPN’s Michael Collins – seem to think he’ll be up there with the challengers.

Jason Day – Decimal odds 19.0

Never a winner at Augusta, but the Aussie’s top three finishes in 2011 and 2013 explain why some see him as one of the favourites.

Phil Mickelson – Decimal odds 19.0

At 47, Mickelson would become the oldest Masters champion if he wins this weekend. The odds may be stacked against him in that sense, but his recent form means some fancy him to do the business – including CBS Sport’s Chip Patterson.

Paul Casey – Decimal odds 23.0

A winner in the recent Valspar Championship, perhaps Casey, one of the most consistent golfers around, is worth a shot.

Rickie Fowler – Decimal odds 26.0

Fowler’s recent display at the Houston Open – which he started impressively – might have given some the belief that he has what it takes to end his recent mini-slump in style. He clearly has the talent, but winning the Masters may prove 

Jon Rahm – Decimal odds 26.0

Jon Rahm’s current world ranking of third suggests the Spaniard deserves to be spoken about as a potential contender at Augusta. The qualities to his game suggest he might well prove well-suited to the course, even if he failed to show this in 2017.

Sergio Garcia – Decimal odds 34.0

Deserves a mention as reigning champion, although the Spaniard may be overlooked by many for a second consecutive Masters title. Who knows, lightning might strike twice, however. But could well be a decent shout for a top six finish.

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