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The 2019 Masters: Golf's biggest tournament is upon us
If you are to stay glued to your television from April 11-14, watching the 2019 PGA Masters, this is honestly the one PGA event that could be enjoyed strictly for the love of the sport.
That being said, from the perspective of the online bettor, there is a lot to cover regarding US Masters Golf betting and US Masters Golf Odds - So lets dive right in.
The 2019 PGA Masters
There are several ways that tackle this tournament, and because golf in such an in depth sport, it's good to be as well rounded as we can. Let's start with some recent history that doesn't favor those of a certain generation. Let's have a look at the Masters' Golf Tournament odds.
No Country for Old men
As swing technology, club and iron development and nutrition and strength training become bigger factors every year in the sport of Golf, so to does the edge the younger generation has.
The last time a Golfer age 40 or older won the Masters was 41 year old Mark O'Meara in 1998.
Regarding betting odds, this brings two golfers to mind. The first being 40 year old Matt Kuchar, who through 10 events in 2019 leads the PGA overall points leaderboard and Greens in regulation (GIR), which looks to be an important skill when trying to maneuver Augusta. Staying out of danger is key. And given Kuchar's current good form, his price of +5000 looks very tasty. If you were going to bet on an "old man", Matt Kuchar is the ticket.
Which brings me to the next pro, who you've probably heard of before; Tiger Woods. At +1400 the value is simply not there. Yes, he is the greatest golfer that ever lived and he moves the needle like no one else ever had, but the price does not entice any backing. If you were to place a wager on him it would simply be out of admiration, not sharp analysis.
However, what about the overall betting favorite and the consensus best golfer in the world at the moment?
Green Jacket: the ballad of Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy is the best golfer on the planet. He is in Human Torch mode so far in 2019 with 7 top 10 finishes in 8 events played including having already won the Player's Championship - often referred to as the 5th Major.
And the only prize he needs to accomplish his career grand slam is the coveted Green Jacket. Last year he was oh so close, when he ultimately lost in a playoff to Patrick Reed. To think that the Masters is a mental hurdle for him, might be warranted BUT that being said he is the deserved favorite to win the Masters at +750.
However the value is not there. Having never won at that golf course previous you'd want much more bang for your buck.
See below the top sportsbooks where you can wager online and choose the best one for you:
The Better value plays
Justin Thomas at +1800 looks like a decent bet.
The current 2019 PGA leader in scoring average is also near the top in several other crucial categories including Tee to Green and Approach the Green.
With 5 top ten finishes in 10 events in 2019, he is playing composed, consistent golf and looks likely to be hanging around the entire weekend.
And if Justin Thomas is a decent shout than Tommy Fleetwood looks like a great one at +2500. He's arguably playing the best golf of his career, with 3 top 10 finishes in 7 events in 2019, including 5th at the Players Championship.
The runner up at the 2018 US Open has all the feelings of a dark horse.
Golfers to avoid
Jordan Spieth +2200, one of the most recognizable young stars in the sport, has fallen off a steep cliff. Currently ranked 177 in the FedEx standings, Spieth doesn't rank in the top 80 in any of the major statistical categories. Through 9 events played this season, he has only one top 25 finishes and has failed to make the cut on three seperate occasions, including the Players Championship. I wouldn't go near him with a 10 foot pole.
Justin Rose +1400 has been the runner up to the Green Jacket on the couple occasions. He has won a tournament already in 2019 and has two more top ten finishes including one at the Player's Championship.
Furthermore he won't have the spotlight on him the way that other big names will and can just concentrate on the course; one that he has played well on, multiple times in his career.
All that being said his overall stats are not great and he has the indications of a golfer who can make a top 20 finish but won't be taking a serious run at the Green Jacket.
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