2017 Masters Tournament Best Bets
Professional golf’s first Major of the 2017 season gets underway next week with a return to Augusta National for the Masters. This is not only the first Major of the year; it is probably one of the most coveted titles in all professional sports. It is the only Major that is played at the same venue year after year adding to the prestige of winning this title, so you already know that the world’s top golfers will be bringing their A game to this year’s event.
Here are my top five golfers to follow when it comes to Bovada’s 2017 Masters’ Futures odds to win this tournament.
Jordan Spieth +700
Following a breakthrough season in 2015 when he won this tournament, Spieth was on the verge of claiming his second-straight Green Jacket at Augusta last season with a comfortable lead heading into Sunday’s final round. A meltdown on the final nine holes cost him the tournament and despite the fact that he went on to turn in another successful season on tour, this did cast a shadow on his performance in the other three Majors in 2016. This year’s Masters offers a shot at redemption and given his current form I believe there is quite a bit of value in Spieth’s odds to win. He has already posted four Top 10 finishes in seven previous PGA Tour events this season, including a victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am last month.
Hideki Matsuyama +2000
As one of golf’s top players the past few seasons, Matsuyama is still looking for his first career win in a Major. He has come close in his last two trips to Augusta with a fifth-place finish in 2015 followed by last year’s tie for seventh. He finished the 2016 season on a strong note with a pair of wins in Japan to go along with his victory in the WGC-HSBC Championship in October. So far this year on the PGA Tour he has moved to second on the money list with four Top 10 finishes, including a victory in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in early February.
Phil Mickelson +2500
At age 46, the odds are stacked against one of the game’s greatest golfers winning any Major tournament this season, but something tells me that Mickelson will be bringing his A game to Augusta next week in an attempt to match a feat that was accomplished by the great Jack Nicklaus in 1986 at that same age. Mickelson adds some credibility to these odds following a solid seventh-place finish in this year’s Mexico Championship and he made it all the way to the quarterfinals of last week’s Match Play Championship before losing to Dustin Johnson.
Bubba Watson +4000
Anytime someone comes into a golf tournament that they have already won twice in their career at +4000 betting odds to win again, it should catch your attention. When it just so happens to be the Masters, you might want to take flyer on betting those long odds. Watson is definitely a hit or miss at this course with finishes of 37th or higher in four of the last six years he has not won this event. However, current form is in his favor with a decent showing last week in the Match Play Championship and the added pressure of not being the defending Masters’ Champion plays to his game’s strengths.
Brooks Koepka +6600
Koepka is not a household name on the PGA Tour just yet after he opted to play most of his early golf on the European Tour, but this 26-year old American from Florida State definitely has the game to compete with the best golfers in the field next week at Augusta. He is currently ranked inside the Top 25 of the World Golf Rankings and he has already shown the ability to be competitive at this course with a tie for 33rd in the 2015 Masters followed by a tie for 21st last year in his only two career appearances here.