US Masters Ante Post Betting Tips and Free Bets, 5-8 April 2018

The first golfing major of 2018 is almost here and it’s a great time to think about some pre-tournament bets. Read on for the latest ante post odds and our picks for success at this year’s US Masters.

As ever, the season’s first major takes place at Augusta. One of the most iconic and picturesque courses in the world will be at its beautiful best and we can’t wait. Spain’s Sergio Garcia won 12 months ago but who will bag the green jacket – and almost $2m in prize money – this time around?

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The Favourites

The WGC Match Play is underway at the time of writing and the odds will of course change depending what happens there. However, right now, Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods are battling it out for favouritism.

Rory is 9/1 with Betfred, with DJ 10/1 at Unibet and Tiger also 10/1 (Unibet). However, with six other players at 20/1 or shorter, we can see the oddsmakers are predicting a pretty tight Masters. These odds are indicative of the great strength in depth in the game right now.

That said, there have to a number of questions about many of the men near the top of the betting, not least the three favourites. Tiger hasn’t won a major since 2008. That’s a long, long time ago. He’s only weeks into his latest recovery and whilst the signs have been encouraging we think it’s insane to install him at such short odds.

Rory is also suffering a major drought, winless in the big four since the 2014 USPGA. He was superb when winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational recently and there are many who believe he is close to a return to his best golf. However, he has had more than the odd meltdown at Augusta and it doesn’t necessarily suit his game. His best finish at the Masters was a 4th place in 2015 – does he deserve to be at single figure odds?

Lastly we have DJ to consider, the world number one. He was eliminated from the WGC Match Play after losing his opening two games. Prior to that he finished T7 and T16 – good but not great by his very high standards.

Betting Tips

We recommend three each way bets on this year’s US Masters and would recommend staking the most on the shorter odds options.

  • Justin Thomas 12/1 at Betfred
  • Phil Mickleson 20/1 at Unibet
  • Tyrell Hatton 66/1 at Coral

Justin Thomas is arguably the form player in the world right now. The American world number two won the Honda Classic recently, was second at the WGC in Mexico and will be hungry to add to the USPGA he won last year. Two top 40 finishes from two show he can handle the course and we think he is almost certain to be involved on the final day.

Phil Mickleson is a player who we know loves the course here, having won the US Masters in 2004, 2006 and 2010. He’s 47 now but still in decent shape and his short game gives him a chance just about anywhere. He won the WGC Mexico Championship and excluding the Match Play is on a run of four tournaments where he hasn’t finished outside the top six.

Our last tip is at huge odds that we find hard to comprehend. Tyrell Hatton is now ranked 16th in the world. He didn’t go well at the Arnold Palmer but prior to that had finished 3rd in Mexico, having also finished third at the prestigious Dubai Desert Classic. He’ll be a lot better having played here last year and we think the 26 year old could claim a first major in 2018 – if not at the Masters!