Skeeter will be back with his Masters outright bets tomorrow but in the meantime we have three big odds selections for the 1st round leader market.
The 2018 renewal of the Masters is as mouth-watering one as I can remember with Tiger very much back in the mix, as is his fellow veteran and Masters legend, Phil Mickelson, with the pair of them facing a host of the golfers they very much helped to create.
Jordan Spieth got his flat stick working last week and that was the only piece missing from his game while Rory was unbelievably good when winning three weeks ago. He had 100 putts over the 4 rounds and if he putts like that in any tournament it’s goodnight Irene to the rest of the field.
Jason Day’s game is very well suited to Augusta, long off the tee and with a natural draw and high ball flight and the same can be said of Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Justin Rose.
My pick to win outright would have to be Bubba Watson as when his game is on – and it is – he is hard to beat around here. His odds are short enough however and while I think the winner will come from a player priced at $26 or less there certainly isn’t any hidden value amongst that group.
Onto the 1st round leader market and i’m going for three players with early Thursday tee times in Kevin Chappell (9.03am), Bryson DeChambeau (9.14am) and Brendan Steele (8.52am).
Kevin Chappell‘s game is suited to a tough test and has gone well in Majors before including a 7th placed finish here last year. He has two top 10’s in his last five starts and ranks well in two stat categories I make key to winning at Augusta. He’s 3rd in strokes gained off the tee (SGOT) and 9th in par 4 performance.
0.5 units each way 1st round leader at $81 with Bet365 (1/4 1-5). Not all firms are up yet so may get bigger odds if you hunt around.
Brendan Steele is a streaky player who can really get on a birdie roll. An early tee time and very solid stats in 7th SGOT and 10th in par 4 performance make him a live contender to get off to a flier.
0.5 units each way 1st round leader at $101 with Bet365 (1/4 1-5).
Bryson Dechambeau is our final throw of the 1st round leader dice. He finished 2nd in his last start and you can bet that he won’t have left himself short in preparation for his second Masters appearance after he finished a very good 21st last year.
He is 13th in SGOT in 2018.
0.5 units each way 1st round leader at $61 with Bet365 (1/4 1-5).