2019 US Masters Betting Tips: We assess who we think is most likely to win the Masters
Will Tiger Woods get his 15th major? Will Rory McIlroy complete the grand-slam? Can Justin Rose become the first World No.1 to win the Masters in over 10 years? Will there be a fifth first-time major winner in a row? Can Jordan Spieth get his form back at Augusta?
There's plenty of big storylines lining up for the first major of the year, but who is the most likely to walk away with a green jacket?
We've taken a closer look at the top 10 betting favourites and have given you 13 other players to look at.
Masters Betting Tip Facts:
➤ 24 of the last 33 champions have been ranked inside the World's top 20 when they won, and 18 of those winners inside the World's top 10* - Taken since the world rankings began in 1986. Nine of the last 10 were ranked inside the World's top 30.
➤ In the past 21 years, 17 winners have been inside the top 10 after round 1
➤ Since the Masters began, just 4 players have won after missing the cut the previous year (including Patrick Reed last year).
➤ Eight of the 10 previous winners had wins in the 12 months before the Masters
➤ Only 3 players have ever won back-to-back titles: Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods
➤ All 10 of the previous winners were under 40 years old
Bookies favourites: Top 10
From Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson to Tiger Woods and Jordan Spieth, here's who the betting houses think are going to perform well at Augusta National.
Rory McIlroy – 6/1
World Ranking: #3
Previous Masters Results: T5-T7-T10-4-T8-T25-T40-T15-T69-T20
Top 10s this season: 7 | Wins: 1 (The Players)
Reasons to pick him: McIlroy is arguably the best player in the world right now and comes in to the Masters with five consecutive top 10s in his last five starts at Augusta National. He answered the critics with a recent victory at The Players and hasn't finished worse than T9 in seven starts in 2019. If he wins, he would complete the major grand-slam. The only drawback is that McIlroy has a lot of scars at Augusta - he blew a four-shot lead in 2011 and despite being in the final group with Patrick Reed last year, ended up T5.
Ranks: 1st for SG: Tee to green, SG: Off the tee, 3rd for Scoring average, 10th for GIR, and 12th for both birdie average and SG: Approach the green.
Dustin Johnson – 9/1
World Ranking: #1
Previous Masters Results: T10-T4-T6-T68-T13-T38-T38-T30
Top 10s this season: 7 | Wins: 2 (Saudi International, WGC Mexico)
Reasons to pick him: With the exception of missing the tournament in 2017 after falling down the stairs, DJ has three consecutive top 10s at the Masters. In addition, DJ has two wins already this year and four top 10s in his last five starts on Tour. Looking for major victory number two.
Ranks: 2nd for scoring average, 5th SG: Tee to green, 10th SG: Approach the green and 13th for SG: Putting and 14th SG: Off the tee.
Justin Rose – 11/1
World Ranking: #2
Previous Masters Results: T12-2-T10-T2-T14-T25-T8-T11-T20-T36-T5-T22-T39
Top 10s this season: 4 | Wins: 1 (Farmers Insurance Open)
Reasons to pick him: Rose was second to Jordan Spieth in 2015 and again to Sergio Garcia at the Masters two years ago, and hasn't finished worse than T39 here since his debut in 2004. The only caution is that Rose will begin Masters week as World No.1, and the last 10 winners at Augusta have not occupied the top ranking spot.
Ranks: 1st for putting average, 3rd for birdie average and 10th for scoring average
Tiger Woods – 14/1
World Ranking: #12
Previous Masters Results: T32-T17-T4-T4-T4-T6-2-T2-T3-1-T22-T15-1-1-5-T18-T8-1-T60-T41
Top 10s this season: 2
Reasons to pick him: Four time Masters winner that has finished inside the top 10 13 times in 20 starts, and was T32 on his return here after his fourth back surgery. Woods is searching for his 15th major title. Finished T5 at the Match Play, which was his second top-10 in three starts (the other came at the WGC Mexico). In five starts in 2019, he hasn't finished worse than T30.
Ranks: 4th GIR, 6th for SG: Around the green, 6th SG: Tee to green and 14th for Scoring average.
Jon Rahm – 14/1
World Ranking: #9
Previous Masters Results: 4-T27
Top 10s this season: 7 | Wins: 1 (Hero World Challenge)
Reasons to pick him: Rahm claimed the Hero World Challenge and started off 2019 with five consecutive top-10s on the PGA Tour, and finished T6 at the Valspar Championship before a T24 at the Match Play last week. Coupled with his impressive list of recent results, Rahm also finished 4th here last year, so we think he's got a great chance of contending.
Ranks: 2nd SG: Off the tee, 13th Birdie average, 15th Scoring average and 17th SG: Tee to green.
Justin Thomas – 16/1
World Ranking: #5
Previous Masters Results: T17-T22-T39
Top 10s this season: 5
Reasons to pick him: Thomas may not have cracked the top-10 at the Masters yet, but his results have been trending in the right direction, and his stats place him with the best scoring average of any player on the PGA Tour this season. He also hasn't finished worse than T36 anywhere since The Open last year, and has finished inside the top 3 on three separate occasions in 2019 (Sentry Tournament of Champions, Phoenix Open and Genesis Open).
Ranks: 1st for birdie average, scoring average, 3rd SG: Tee to green, 5th for SG: Apprpoach the green, 9th for GIR and 10th for SG: Around the green.
Jordan Spieth – 16/1
World Ranking: #32
Previous Masters Results: 3-T11-T2-1-T2
Top 10s this season: 0
Reasons to pick him: Spieth's T24 the Dell Match Play was his best result since September last year, highlighting a real dip in form that has left him without a win since the 2017 Open. But he insists things with his game are on the right track, finished T30 last week, and it's difficult to bet against a man who has a win, two-runner-ups, a third and a T11 in five starts at Augusta. Spieth has had a lot of impressive first and second rounds this season and struggled over the weekend, but if there's anywhere where he'll regain that four-round form, it's here - hence the lower odds. If anything, we'd back him as a first-round leader.
Ranks: 4th for putting average, 29th for birdie average and inside the top 20 for round-1 and round-2 scoring average.
Rickie Fowler – 16/1
World Ranking: #8
Previous Masters results: 2- T11-T69-T12-T5-T38-T27-T38
Top 10s this season: 4 | Wins: 1 (Honda Classic)
Reasons to pick him: Fowler is still searching for his maiden major title, and came close at last year's Masters – falling one shot short of Patrick Reed. He has a victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and runner-up finish at the Honda Classic under his belt in 2019 already, and recovered a bit of form last week with a T17 at the Valero Texas Open after a T40 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T47 at the Players.
Ranks: Inside the top 12 on Tour this season for SG: Putting, Scoring average and birdie average.
Francesco Molinari – 18/1
World Ranking: #7
Previous Masters Results: T20-T33-T33-50-T84-T19-T51-T30
Top 10s this season: 2 | Wins: 1 (Arnold Palmer Invitational)
Reasons to pick him: A victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T3 at the WGC Dell Match Play in his last three starts tell you all you need to know about the form he's in. The only doubt is that Molinari has only once cracked the top 20 at the Masters in eight starts so we'd be wary about his course form. But then again, he'd had four missed cuts and only had one top 10 at the Open before he won last year.
Ranks: 23rd SG: Putting.
Tommy Fleetwood – 20/1
World Ranking: #13
Previous Masters Results: T17-T62
Top 10s this season: 2
Reasons to pick him: Fleetwood finished T17 last year and given that he was inside the top 5 at both The Players and Arnold Palmer Invitational, there's good reason to expect him to perform well here this week. Searching for his first major.
Ranks: 4th for SG: Off the tee, 6th SG: Tee to green, 8th for scoring average and 16th for SG: Around the green.
US Masters Betting tips: 13 Other players to consider
Above is who the bookies reckon are most likely to come out on top at the end of the Masters, but what about the rest of the field? Here, we take a look at 12 other players we think are going to be contenders this week.
Brooks Koepka – 25/1
World Ranking: #4
Previous Masters Results: T11-T21-T33
Top 10s this season: 3 | Wins: 1 (The CJ Cup)
Reasons to pick him: Koepka skipped last year's event with a wrist injury before going on to prove he is a major machine with victories at the U.S. Open and PGA, and he hasn't finished worse than T33 in three starts here. The former World No.1 also has a win and two other top 10s this season but has been off-form since he admitted he has lost 24 pounds since November, going MC-T56-T56 in his last three starts - which included two losses and a half in the match play.
Ranks: 32nd Scoring average, 33rd birdie average.
Bryson DeChambeau – 25/1
World Ranking: #6
Previous Masters Results: T38-T21
Top 10s this season: | Wins:
Reasons to pick him: DeChambeau seemed virutally unstoppable for a spell with four wins in nine starts, including a win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in January (the tournament Garcia and Willett also won the year they won the Masters). But his last top 10 came at the start of February and he's gone T40-T20-T46-T56 in his last four starts, and he hasn't yet had a top 20 at Augusta so we're a little on the fence.
Ranks: 5th birdie average, 8th SG: Off the tee, 18th scoring average.
Jason Day – 25/1
World Ranking: #14
Previous Masters Results: T10-T28-T20-3-T73-T2
Top 10s this season: 4
Reasons to pick him: Day has come close here on a number of occasions, and we'd not be surprised, if he's fit, if he got close to winning a second major. He has struggled a little with his back this year again, but after a WD from the APInv he finished T8 at The Players - which was his third top 10 in a row (excluding WD) before a disappointing Match Play appearance.
Ranks: 4th for both birdie average and SG: Putting, 5th SG: Off the tee
Paul Casey – 25/1
World Ranking: #11
Previous Masters Results: T15-6-T4-T6-T66-T38-T80-T20-T11-T10-84-T6
Top 10s this season: 5 | Wins: 1 (Valspar Championship)
Reasons to pick him: With three top-10s and a T15 in his last four starts, Casey is another player with a solid record here. He also has five top-10s in 2019, including a win at the Valspar for the second year in a row and a T9 in the Match Play. Still searching for his first major win.
Ranks: 10th Driving accuracy, 12th SG: Off the tee, 14th SG: Tee to green, 20th for GIR and 24th for Scoring average.
Hideki Matsuyama – 28/1
World Ranking: #26
Previous Masters Results: 19-T11-T7-5-T68-T54-T27
Top 10s this season: 4
Reasons to pick him: Matsuyama has two top-10s and two top-20s in his last four Masters so clearly has course form, and comes in to this year's tournament with three top-10s on the PGA Tour in his last seven starts - including a T8 at The Players. Still searching for his first major.
Ranks: 2nd SG: Approach the green, 3rd for SG: Tee to green, 16th for scoring average and inside the top 30 for GIR, SG: Off the tee and SG: Around the green.
Phil Mickelson – 35/1
World Ranking: #22
Previous Masters Results: T36-T22-T58-T2-T52-T54-T3-T27-1-5-T5-T24-1-10-1-3-3-3-T7-T6-T12-T47-3-T7-T34-T47
Top 10s this season: 2 | Wins: 1 (AT&T Pebble Beach Open)
Reasons to pick him: He would become the oldest Masters winner in history if he were to pick up the trophy on Sunday, but we wouldn't rule him out. He hasn't finished better than T37 since in his last five starts since claiming the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, but he still has three titles and 10 other top 10s at Augusta National.
Ranks: 9th for birdie average and 16th for putting average.
Tony Finau – 33/1
World Ranking: #15
Previous Masters Results: T10
Top 10s this season: 2
Reasons to pick him: He managed a top-10 on his Masters debut last year after dislocating his ankle and popping it back in during the par-3 curse and has three top 25 finishes in his last three starts. Drawback is that he hasn't cracked the top 10 on Tour since the Hero World Challenge in December, and is looking for his first win since 2016.
Ranks: 15th for scoring average, 28th SG: Off the tee and 20th for scoring average.
Matt Kuchar – 35/1
World Ranking: #16
Previous Masters Results: T28-T4-T24-T46-T5-T8-T3-T27-T24-T61-T50-TT21
Top 10s this season: 4 | Wins: 2 (Mayakoba Classic, Sony Open)
Reasons to pick him: Kuchar is playing some of his best golf right now, having won twice this season and finishing second to Kevin Kisner at the WGC-Dell Match Play and T7 last week at the Valero Texas Open. Still searching for his first major title, and has four top-10s here in his last seven starts at Augusta.
Ranks: 1st GIR, 6th for Driving accuracy and inside the top 15 for scoring average, birdie average, SG: approach the green and SG: tee to green.
Marc Leishman – 40/1
World Ranking: #19
Previous Masters Results: 9-T43-T58-T52-T4-T69
Top 10s this season: 6 | Wins: 1 (CIMB Classic)
Reasons to pick him: Leishman won early in the season at the CIMB Classic and followed it up with back-to-back top-5s at the Australian PGA, Sentry Tournament of Champions and Sony Open. His price is low because he was T62 at the WGC Mexico and missed the cut at the Players, but he then finished T9 in last week's match-play.
Ranks: inside the top 30 on Tour for scoring average, birdie average, SG: Approach the green and scrambling.
Sergio Garcia – 45/1
World Ranking: #27
Previous Masters Results: T82-1-T34-T17-T52-T8-T12-T35-T45-T48-T46-T66-46-T51-T4-T28-8-T48-T40-T38
Top 10s this season: 6
Reasons to pick him: The 2017 Masters champion had a disaster on the 15th last year, but he's still had four top 10s here and despite hitting headlines for the wrong reasons this year, six worldwide top 10s this season is hard to ignore. When we crunched the stats, he looked like one of the men to beat.
Ranks: 5th for scoring average on the PGA Tour this season, and 8th for SG: Approach the green.
Ian Poulter: 60/1
World Ranking: #33
Previous Masters Results: T44-T49-T6-T20-T72-7-T27-T10-T20-T25-T13-T33-T31
Top 10s this season: 5
Reasons to pick him: Poulter missed the cut in 2017 and got in to last year's field by winning the Houston Open - the last place to qualify, so it's no surprise he didn't perform as well. That being said, he's had three top 10s here in his last eight outings, and has been in good form in 2019: Poulter finished T17 at last week's match-play, and despite a disappointing Players was T23 at the APInv and had four straight top-10s worldwide before that.
Ranks: 16th for GIR and Driving Accuracy, and 8th SG: Around the green,
Cameron Smith – 70/1
World Ranking: #28
Previous Masters Results: T5-T55
Top 10s this season: 5 | Wins: 1 (Aus PGA)
Reasons to pick him: Cameron Smith was a surprise contender when he finished T5 last year, but with a victory in Australia and two top 10s on the PGA Tour this year, he could be a good outsider. He's struggled the past few weeks after a T6 at the WGC Mexico (MC-T56-T61), but his run wasn't completely dissimilar to that before last year.
Ranks: 17th SG: Putting, 19th SG: Around the green, 33rd scoring
Rafa Cabera Bello: 80/1
World Ranking: #31
Previous Masters Results: T38-T62-T17
Top 10s this season: 2
Reasons to pick him: Rafa has seven top-30 results (including a T3 at the APInv, T19 at the WGC Mexico and T11 in Abu Dhabi) in nine 2019 starts, and looks like a good outsider to back given a best of T17 at Augusta National.
Ranks: 8th par-4 scoring, 25th SG: Off the tee, 31st for both scoring average and birdie average.