This weekend, all the world’s top golfers will be focused on just one tournament, the 2019 Masters from Augusta National. This famous Major championship is the first of the season and begins a busy period of Major tournaments over the next four months with the USPGA now being played in May, the US Open in June and then the British Open rounds things off in July.
This year’s tournament promises to be an exciting one with players like Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, and Dustin Johnson all bang in form heading into the event. However, with other players hot on their heels, it promises to be an exciting tournament, full of drama and plenty of twists and turns before we finally see who gets to don the famous Green Jacket on Sunday night.
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Let’s now begin our preview of the tournament with a look at Augusta National itself, The Masters tournament before we take a look at the players likely to be in contention to win the Major on Sunday evening.
Augusta National Course
The famous course at Augusta has been slightly lengthened for this year, with the club expanding the fifth hole, Magnolia, by an additional 40 yards to make it a massive 495-yard par four which is going to be one the most difficult tests for golfers on the course. The course now measures 7475 yards but it is the undulations and breaks on the greens that make Augusta such a test of golf and which can often decide who wins the trophy at the end of the year.
- Hole 1 – Tea Olive – 445 yards (par 4)
- Hole 2 – Pink Dogwood – 575 Yards (par 5)
- Hole 3 – Flowering Peach – 350 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 4 – Flowering Crab Apple – 240 Yards (par 3)
- Hole 5 – Magnolia – 495 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 6 – Juniper – 180 Yards (par 3)
- Hole 7 – Pampas – 450 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 8 – Yellow Jasmine – 570 Yards (par 5)
- Hole 9 – Carolina Cherry – 460 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 10 – Camellia – 495 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 11 – White Dogwood – 505 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 12 – Golden Bell – 155 Yards (par 3)
- Hole 13 – Azalea – 510 Yards (par 5)
- Hole 14 – Chinese Fir – 440 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 15 – Firethorn – 530 Yards (par 5)
- Hole 16 – Redbuf – 170 Yards (par 3)
- Hole 17 – Nandina – 440 Yards (par 4)
- Hole 18 – Holly – 465 Yards (par 4)
Amen Corner is the most famous section of the course and it runs between the 11th and 13th holes. This run of holes has been the key to deciding many a Masters tournament in the past and it is likely will still play a key role in deciding who lifts the 2019 trophy and gets to wear that all-important Green Jacket.
There are a number of traditions that the Masters tournament is famous for. These include the top amateur golfers competing being housed in the accommodation near club house for the duration of the tournament, while the previous Champion, this year that is Patrick Reed, will host a special Champions Dinner on the eve of the tournament where the only invited guests are former Champions of the tournament and where the current champion gets to decide what is on the menu.
There is also a Par 3 tournament played on Augusta’s 9-hole par 3 course on the eve of the tournament and there has never been a player to win the par 3 tournament who has then gone on to win The Masters in the days after.
Bet365 have an outright winner market and the current odds on the shorter-priced selections from them are outlined below. Odds were correct as of 9am on Wednesday 10th April 2019.
- Rory McIlroy – 13/2
- Dustin Johnson – 10/1
- Justin Rose – 12/1
- Tiger Woods – 14/1
- Jon Rahm, Justin Thomas, Rickie Fowler – 16/1
- Jordan Spieth – 20/1
- Francesco Molinari, Brooks Koepka – 22/1
- Paul Casey, Tommy Fleetwood – 25/1
- Hideki Matsuyama, Bryson DeChambeau – 28/1
- Bubba Watson, Jason Day – 30/1
- Louis Oosthuizen – 35/1
- 40/1 Bar
Masters 2019 – Two Top Tips
To Win – Rickie Fowler – 16/1
While plenty of attention will be on the fortunes of the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy from Thursday night, one player who is yet to taste victory at The Masters but who has an outstanding record in Major tournaments is the US star Rickie Fowler. He finished second last year, has missed the cur just once in eight tournaments and also has a 5th, 11th and 12th placed finish to his name. Fowler has been quiet since his second place last year but he is too talented not to win a Major and I think his game is well suited to Augusta and his putting ability, especially on these treacherous greens will make him a real threat.
At 16/1 with bet365 Sport at present, I would be very surprised if he is not in contention, at the very least, to win that Green Jacket on Sunday afternoon.
Each Way Place – Eddie Pepperell – 125/1
I normally would not select any player playing in their first Masters tournament as a bet for this, but I have been hugely impressed with Eddie Pepperell’s form, patience and demeanour over the last year or so. Along with the likes of Tommy Fleetwood, he is one of the new stars of English golf and it is worth remembering he finished sixth in last year’s US Open, which shows he is more than capable of matching it with the big names.
Pepperell’s patience on the greens, his putting ability and the fact he is generally accurate, if not prodigiously long from the tee box, means that if he can focus on his game in the first two rounds and work his way out around Augusta, then he could surprise a few and at odds of 125/1, I feel Pepperell is a great value each way bet for a small stakes punter.