Breaking News: This post was written prior to the Dustin Johnson injury scare. Whilst we remain hot on Henley, read here (US Masters: Dusty & Gusty..) for our latest views on Johnson’s chances.
Who is going to win the Masters? That’s the question which bugs most golf fans even as they get their clubs down from the attic and dust them down for the start of the season.
We have detailed our views on the tournament and the leading contenders at our dedicated Masters page. For our selections, we hope to defy recent history.
A favourite hasn’t won the event since Tiger Woods was dominating the scene.
World number one Dustin Johnson is in prime form. He has won his last three events, including two WGC events, has the length to tame the Augusta par fives and has a much improved short game. He also has form at the course, coming tied sixth in 2015 and tied fourth last year.
His main rivals–Jordan Speith and Rory McIlroy– both have major scars from previous defeats at this course to get over, and are not playing consistently enough to suggest they offer any sort of value. The 7/1 currently offered on a Johnson win represents a good price, get aboard.
However, DJ will not be the only player carrying the hopes of the Lap of the Odds brains trust. Russell Henley won in style last weekend at the Houston Open, as predicted by these pages. (Henley Rewards Subscribers at 33/1) Now, given that event was set up to mimic the conditions at Augusta as closely as possible, it would seem absurd to desert Henley.
He is clearly in good form, showed bottle in winning the event to get into the Masters and most importantly putted like a golfing god.
Skybet is offering the impressive each way conditions (Analytics: Golf, Each Way Value?) of 1/4 the odds for a top eight placing. At win odds of 80/1, this would mean that Henley would be priced at 20/1 for a place. We’ll be having some of that.
Dustin Johnson to win at 7/1, Stan James, Totesport, Betfred.
Russell Henley each way at 80/1, Skybet
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