US Masters preview 2018April 3, 2018
2018 US Masters: Can Tiger do it?
Tiger Woods’ recent resurgence in form has added great interest to the 2018 US Masters. Despite only playing a handful of tournaments, two recent top 5 finishes have many believing he is now ready to add to his 14 majors. Perhaps the most significant insight into Tiger’s recent form has is his club head speed. Tiger has recorded the fastest swing speed of the season a sign that not only is he ripping it, but he has the confidence to swing hard after a four back surgeries. Is he ready to win though?
Trends at the Masters
You may think that picking a winner at the Masters is a lottery, but it is one golf tournament where there are significant winning trends. Nearly everyone that wins at Augusta, has contended at least once before, whilst most winners are perennial contenders at the venue. We preview the top winning chances.
Jordan Spieth has a remarkable record at Augusta in his four appearances to date. He won back in 2015 and has been runner up twice. Spieth is currently ranked number 4 in the world and whilst his recent form is not electric, he simply cannot be dismissed around Augusta National.
Our selection in last years’ event, Justin Rose, also has a very good record at the Masters, despite never winning. He was runner up last year and his recent tour form is very good, with four top five finishes in his past 6 events. At $13 he represents good value.
Despite getting on in years, Phil Mickelson cannot be discounted at the 2018 Masters. He has a terrific record around Augusta and appears to have regained form in recent weeks with 4 top six finishes in his past five tournaments.
In his pomp, Tiger Woods was definitely one of the players that would regularly contend at The Masters. Despite his recent form, it is difficult to predict how he will fare this week. The current odds of $11, place him on the same line of betting as Spieth, and do not represent any value. It has also been over 10 years since he has won a major. On the plus side, he has already bagged 5 wins at Augusta and is riding the comeback wave. Until recently, it appeared very unlikely that he would ever add to his record of 14 majors. Now it appears that he will do so, though we don’t believe it will be this week.
Former world number 1 Jason Day is not considered one of the main chances this week, despite having a fine record at Augusta. His overall scoring average at Augusta is only slightly inferior to that of Woods and Mickelson. He competed in 2017 despite missing several weeks in the lead as his mother battled illness. At $19, he represents decent value.
The other contender to note is Dustin Johnson. He was hot favourite to win last year but never contended. His form in recent weeks is good, however his record at Augusta is not brilliant. If there is one player to win against the Masters trend, it’s likely to be Johnson.
2018 Masters tips and betting suggestion
If you’re going to have a bet before the tournament starts, consider, using one of the golf betting specials available from Australian bookmakers, if your bet fails to win, you just might score a bonus bet. For outright betting, we do like: Spieth, Rose and Mickelson. For group betting, consider selecting players that have previously contended at The Masters and enjoy a low scoring average at Augusta.