Why it could pay to back your Masters winner on the Exchange
While the other majors may boast larger, more well-rounded fields, there is nothing in the world of professional golf quite like The Masters.
Let’s not kid ourselves though – it would be nice to make a little money while we’re letting the 20-plus hours of television coverage wash over us.
So, here is a look through what we think has value on Ladbrokes Exchange for this year’s US Masters.
And in the first part of our Masters breakdown we will look at our Win Market.
Recommendations to BACK (odds in parenthesis)
Jason Day (16.5) – If our life hung in the balance and we had to pick a winner of this tournament, we’d probably go with Rory McIlroy.
That said, Day wouldn’t be too far down on that list (not too far at all) and we sure like his odds a lot better than Rory’s.
Day has played some fantastic golf this year, winning once and finishing no worse than 31st in seven starts and he has a stellar record at The Masters, finishing 2nd in 2011, 3rd in 2013, and 20th last year.
He’s worth a bet at the current price.
Rickie Fowler (44) – Is Rickie Fowler ready to win a Major? His ball-striking stats have definitely improved since he re-tooled his swing nearly 18 months ago and he’s always been one of the best putters on Tour.
He certainly seems to feel comfortable at Augusta National, making the cut in all four of his Masters appearances and finishing 5th here last year, and he’s played some solid golf in 2015, making all eight of his cuts and finishing 12th at last month’s WGC-Cadillac Championship.
Taking all that into consideration, we believe that this week, on this golf course, Rickie Fowler has his best chance yet to pick up that elusive first Major.
Lee Westwood (62) – To say Lee Westwood is “under the radar” this week probably isn’t putting it strongly enough. Hardly anybody is talking about Westwood as a serious contender.
As a result, he can now be backed at better than 60/1 on Ladbrokes Exchange, and at that price we think Westwood may be the best value on the board.
It’s not like he hasn’t been playing and playing well over the past few weeks. Yes, he missed the cut in Houston after a pair of 71s, but prior to that he finished 17th at Innisbrook, 12th at the WGC-Cadillac Championship, and 25th at the Honda.
In other words, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with his golf game, he’s just viewed as “yesterday’s news” in some ways, a guy who has probably already had his best shot at a major.
While that may be the case, we’re not quite ready to write off Westwood just yet, especially at The Masters where he has five top-10s over the course of his career and has finished no lower than 11th in his last five starts.
At the current price all we see is value, value, value.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.