Masters 2019 Golf Spread Betting Preview
Masters 2019 Golf Spread Betting Preview
The world’s finest golfers will converge upon Augusta to battle it out for fame and fortune at The Masters on Thursday. The prize money stands at a cool $11 million and the winner will walk off with the fabled green jacket, so it is sure to be another ferociously competitive tournament. It is the first major of the year and all of the world’s best golfers will be in Georgia to stake a claim for glory. The backdrop is utterly resplendent, replete with lush fairways and vibrant azalea flowers, but the course is also extremely treacherous and it will be exciting to see who thrives and who flops.
Who Won the Augusta Masters in 2018?
Patrick Reed displayed great mental strength to surge to victory at The Masters in 2018. The colourful and controversial American wore a luminous pink shirt throughout, but it was his consistency that really caught the eye. He led by two strokes after the first two rounds and then landed a pair of remarkable eagles on the back nine on the Saturday, to go into the final round three shots clear of Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman faded on the final day, but Reed had to remain strong to see off late comeback bids from Rickie Fowler and Jordan Spieth.
It was the fourth year in a row that The Masters was won by a player that had never previously triumphed in a major. Spain’s Sergio Garcia finally won a major at the ripe old age of 38 when he clinched The Masters in 2017, Englishman Danny Willet shocked everyone by seizing the green jacket in 2016 and Spieth won his first major at Augusta in 2015. That should give plenty of encouragement to players like Fowler, Jon Rahm, Tommy Fleetwood, Bryson DeChambeau and Hideki Matsuyama as they bid to break their major ducks this week.
Who are the Favourites for the Masters 2019?
McIlroy is the favourite in the golf spread betting markets on The Masters. The Northern Irishman has not won a major since 2014 and this is the only one missing from his collection, as he has triumphed in the US Open, The Open and The US PGA Championship. In recent years he has been in contention heading into the final day, but then fallen away with an underwhelming Sunday performance. However, he roared back to form by winning the Players Championship last month, and the most gifted player of his generation could prosper this year. He is up to third in the world rankings after finding greater consistency and maturity, and that could spell trouble for his rivals.
World number one Dustin Johnson is also among the favourites. The American has only won a single major, the US Open in 2016, despite regularly topping the world rankings over the past three years. He has also made a strong start to 2019 and he has the power and finesse to potentially thrive here. Tiger Woods is getting back to his very best form and he is among the favourites, along with world number two Justin Rose, exciting young American Justin Thomas, Rahm, Fowler and Spieth.
Who are the Dark Horses?
Golf is a thrillingly unpredictable sport as there are so many talented players that have all the tools to win big tournaments. The last 12 majors have been won by 10 different players. Only Brooks Koepka has won multiple majors in that time, as he won back-to-back US Opens in 2017 and 2018 and then won the US PGA Championship last year. That means there are plenty of dark horses in The Masters golf markets that could win the green jacket this week.
Augusta suits bombers that can generate plenty of power off the tee, but it also requires patience as it is an extremely frustrating course. DeChambeau has won five tournaments in the past year, while Tony Finau did well last year despite nursing an ankle injury, so they are among the dark horses. Two-time champion Bubba Watson is not among the favourites, so he could relish dark horse status, while Xander Schauffele, Kevin Kisner and Garcia may all fancy their chances of success.
Which British Players Have the Best Chance?
McIlroy is the favourite to win the tournament and all eyes will be on him. World number two Rose will be leading the English charge after enjoying a remarkably consistent 18 months. His only major win came at the US Open in 2013, but he has finished runner-up at The Masters in 2015 and 2017, so he will be dangerous at this year’s tournament. Fleetwood will aim for a first ever major after finishing T17 last year. Willett has struggled recently, but previous success here will encourage him for this year’s tournament. Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Tyrrell Hatton all have a chance of winning it too, so Britain has a strong hand at The Masters.
Do Europeans Traditionally do Well at Augusta?
Americans secured the top three spots at last year’s tournament as Reed finished one shot ahead of Fowler and two clear of Spieth. However, Europe did well in 2017 as Garcia and Rose finished top of the leaderboard and went into a playoff to decide the winner. The previous year saw three Englishmen finish in the top four as Willet won it, Lee Westwood was T2 and Casey was fourth. In 2014, Rose was T2 and McIlroy was fourth, so Europeans have a pretty decent recent history at Augusta, although home stars have been in the ascendancy.
How Does Golf Spread Betting Work?
The Masters is an absolutely fantastic tournament and Sporting Index has a number of brilliant golf spreads to help ramp up the excitement you experience when you watch the action unfold at Augusta. You can choose between a huge array of options, including the ever-popular Masters Leaderboard Index. The player that finishes first gets 100 points and then it is 70 points for second place, 50 points for third, 40 points for fourth, 30 points for fifth, 25 points for sixth, 20 points for seventh, 15 points for eighth, 10 points for ninth and 5 points for a tenth-place finish. This is a great option as you will still potentially get a return if the player you back fails to win but finishes near the top of the leaderboard. You can buy at the higher price if you think a particular player will thrive, but you can also prosper at the lower price if you think he will struggle, allowing you to wallow in players’ misery or celebrate in their joy.
You can also choose finishing position spreads, where you simply decide if a player will finish higher or lower on the leaderboard than our traders’ predictions. There are match bet options that pit two players against one another, or you can look at the winning score, winning margin or hotshot bets, so you are bound to find something that tickles-your-fancy ahead of The Masters.
Who will don the famous green jacket at Augusta on Sunday evening? You can find all the latest Masters spread betting markets on our golf page.