The Masters: Three Intriguing Bets to Consider Before Thursday
The storm of March Madness has finally calmed, which means we have finally made it to Masters week.
With the recent resurgence of Tiger Woods and the long list of other great players hitting their stride just before heading to Augusta, this is one of the most anticipated Masters to date.
Masters week is also a great time to take action on the long list of gambling options provided by your online sportsbook. Here are five enticing bets to consider this week:
(Disclaimer: these are based on value, and are not “best bets”)
Rickie Fowler to Win (+2500)
Although Fowler has had an up-and-down season thus far, the eighth-ranked player in the world sitting at 25-1 is a solid bet. In 2018, Fowler has missed the cut in two events and has finished top-10 once. Even though he won the HERO World Challenge at the end of 2017, Fowler has yet to find a groove, especially with his putter — he currently ranks 102nd on tour in strokes-gained putting.
That being said, the Oklahoma State alum played well at the Arnold Palmer Invitational a few weeks ago. Previous performances at Augusta are important when deciphering who will win, and Fowler has had his fair share of success here. Other than his poor performance in 2016, Fowler has finished top-15 in three of his last four appearances, including a fifth-place finish in 2014.
Fowler is also someone who’s been known to storm up the leaderboard on Sunday. Check out his awesome performance down the stretch at the 2016 Players Championship:
Additionally, all three of the previous winners — Garcia, Willett, and Spieth — hadn’t previously won a major championship. Fowler could be the next-in-line to do so, considering he’s a frequent name on the list of best players who have yet to win a major.
Brian Harman to Finish Top-10 (+650)
Harman has followed up his breakout 2017 season with a solid start to 2018. Although he’s yet to find the winners circle, Harman has finished top-10 in seven of his 11 appearances this season. A two-time
champion on the PGA Tour, Harman finished in second place at the 2017 U.S. Open. Leading after 54-holes, Harman ultimately fell short.
If you want to play well at the Masters, you must hit fairways and avoid three-putts. Harman ranks ninth on Tour in fairway percentage and seventh in strokes-gained putting.
Both are encouraging marks for someone poised to perform well in their second appearance at the Masters. Augusta has is a tough place to win for those with minimal experience — Harman finished tied for 67th in 2015 — which is why settling on him to finish inside the top-10 is a smart choice.
Tommy Fleetwood to Win (+5000)
Similar to Harman, the Southport, England native was unknown to the casual golf fan prior to the 2017 U.S. Open. Even after his fourth-place finish, Fleetwood is still one of the most overlooked players in the world.
Currently ranked 12th in the World Golf Rankings, Fleetwood being listed at 50-1 is almost disrespectful. Although he’s yet to win on Tour this year, Fleetwood has only posted three rounds above 72.
Each of the last six masters champions has entered the week ranked seventh or better in strokes gained tee-to-green. Fleetwood currently ranks fifth. Although no one should consider Fleetwood as one of the marquee favorites to win. His value at +5000 is certainly worth looking into.
(All odds via Sportsbook.ag)