Outsiders Who’ll Outrun Their Odds At The Masters
The Masters has thrown up some big priced winners in recent years. Danny Willett came in at a huge 150/1 in 2016.
The quality of golf today means there is always some great value in the ante-post betting ahead of the major championships, so don’t be afraid to scan down the market before the tournament starts at Augusta in April.
With the focus of the golfing world on Tiger Woods, we shouldn’t be so quick to discount some of the players whose odds are a whole lot tastier – and there’s good reason to do so.
Here’s a look at three players who could be well-overpriced to win their first Green Jacket next month in the opening major of the year:
Australian Marc Leishman has four Top 10 finishes to his name so far in majors, and has proved he’s got the game to be in contention for the big tournaments.
The closest the 34-year-old has come at Augusta was in 2013 when he was in contention with fellow Aussies Adam Scott and Jason Day, eventually settling for fourth place. Leishman has the perfect game for the US Masters; he drives the ball very far off the tee and is capable of holding his nerve on tough greens.
Last year he won his third PGA Tour event at the BMW Championship where his margin of victory was five strokes. He knows how to see out tournaments when he gets in contention.
At 50/1 in the latest golf odds for Augusta, he looks fantastic each-way value if you want a player at a big price on your side.
24-year-old Xander Schauffele has been one of the breakthrough players on the PGA Tour over the last 12 months. The American won two tournaments in 2017 picking up the Greenbrier Classic, while also lifting the trophy at the season-ending Tour Championship in September.
Last year’s Rookie of the Year first made some headlines at the 2017 US Open, where he finished in a tie for fifth place at Erin Hills, won by Brooks Koepka.
This will be his first appearance at Augusta, so the one concern is experience. Yet in his first appearance season on Tour he won twice and he won the Tour Championship at his first attempt too, so this could be the first, first-time winner since Fuzzy Zoeller back in 1979.
At 80/1, he’s worth taking a chance with, as he looks sure to be a future major winner in the waiting.
Charley Hoffman held the outright lead at the US Masters in 2017 after 18 holes, where a round of 65 left him with a five shot advantage going into the second day of the tournament.
What has probably denied Hoffman from being a major winner so far in his career is consistency. When he is hot, he is red hot, as he showed in his opening round last year. The Californian finished inside the Top 10 at Augusta in 2015 too and now has four PGA Tour wins.
Therefore, he is more than capable of making a mockery of his ante-post odds of 125/1.
Outsider Masters Selections:
Marc Leishman @ 50/1
Xander Schauffele @80/1
Charley Hoffman @ 125/1