US Masters Preview 2017

April 4, 2017

The 2017 US Masters tournament preview

No tournament generates more excitement in the world of golf than the US Masters. Perhaps owing to it’s enormous appeal, is the fact that it is always held at the famed Augusta National Golf Club, in Georgia. Though the course is quite different to that initially laid out by Alister Mackenzie and Bobby Jones, the routing for most holes remains the same; and, normally makes for a thrilling conclusion as players negotiate ‘Amen Corner’ en route to the finish.

10th Hole at Augusta National Golf Club

The 2017 edition is set to provide another enthralling test of golf for the world’s best players. The tournament is headed by three big favourites: Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy. Australia has its fair share of chances too. Jason Day has confirmed he will be teeing it up at Augusta, after initially looking like he may miss the Masters to care for his ill mother. Adam Scott, the man who finally delivered a green jacket to Australian shores is also one of the more fancied contenders this week, as is Marc Leishman, who recently broke through for his maiden US victory in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

Odds provided by Bet365:
US Masters betting odds

Trends at the Masters

Picking a winner at any golf tournament is never easy, let alone at the Masters. There are however some trends of winners past that are worth keeping in mind when narrowing down selections.

Masters winners usually perform well at Augusta
If there’s one trend above all others, it’s that winners tend to perform well in recent Masters’ tournaments.

Top contenders

Dustin Johnson – Johnson is shooting for his 4th straight tournament victory. He has finished 4th and 6th at his previous two Masters. With form like this he cannot be dismissed. He is a different player after breaking through at the 2016 US Open at Oakmont, and his price reflects this.

Jordan Spieth – Whilst his 2017 form has been somewhat indifferent, Spieth is a Masters’ specialist, having had 3 starts at Augusta and never finished further back than 2nd. On the downside, he must overcome his meltdown on the back 9 in 2016.

Rory McIlroy – Has been a solid contender at the Masters finishing inside the top 10 on the past three occasions, and led the tournament by 4 shots after 3 rounds in 2011. Has taken time to overcome a rib injury in early 2017 but remains a good chance.

Jason Day – Has taken time out recently to be at the bedside of his ill mother. This may not actually work against him, as his recent form has been solid despite losing the number 1 ranking. The $19 odds on offer are very appealing for those looking to place a bet on the Masters.

Phil Mickelson – It may seem odd to include a 46 year old, but that is precisely the age that Jack Nicklaus won the last of his green jackets. It’s only 9 months ago that Mickelson traded blows in one of the most enthralling rounds of golf at the 2016 British Open, eventually losing to Henrik Stenson. Has finished in the top five at Augusta on 11 occasions.

Selections

Whilst it’s hard to go past Dustin Johnson, it’s also hard to get excited about the $6.50. To win four in a row would be truly remarkable so we’ll take a stand there and look elsewhere.

Englishman, Justin Rose, has four top 10 finishes at Augusta and has started the 2017 season in decent form. Has a major under his belt now and at $29 represents very good value.

It’s hard to pass up the $19 on offer for Day. The pressure is arguably off having missed some recent golf and relinquished the number one ranking.

Something rough: It may also be worth dabbling on fellow countryman Marc Leisham. Listed a $67 chance, Leishman is coming off a recent victory and