Update: The 2015 Masters Predictions, Picks, Amen Corner Breakdown | Augusta article is published. Check it out and see if I stuck with the players in this piece or if the season has changed my mind heading into the seasons first major, the Masters.
The 2014-2015 PGA Tour season is rolling and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions is right around the corner. The Masters is still months away but Vegas already has their early betting lines out for this season’s first major. One of the most prestigious and highly respected events on the planet will be taking center stage in April at Augusta National. The course was founded in part by the best amateur to ever play the game, Bobby Jones. Since its inception the Masters has been a landmark in the golfing world. Las Vegas has done all of us a favor and released its futures odds for this year’s edition of the landmark event.
In other than shocking news, Rory McIlroy is the early betting favorite at 6/1 with Tiger Woods checking in at 15/1, Phil Mickelson and Adam Scott hitting the board at 18/1. Bubba Watson, the defending champion, is currently listed at 25/1. Of course it is easy to lay money down and just walk with Rory or Adam Scott but where is the fun in that? Let’s look for some real betting opportunities in the 2015 Masters. There is some interesting value so early in the season. Of course you are not obligated to place a wager on any of them. The value is up and down the betting sheet.
Yes I am aware that they have not even teed it up at the Tournament of Champions but that is the beauty about Futures. If you can get it right then you can make quite the payday for a limited bankroll. Let’s look at some live long shots early in the season.
Jason Day 25/1
What can I say? I think the guy is destined to win multiple majors and I thought 2014 would have been his coming out party. Turns out I might have been off by a year. He did not play his best in the 2014 edition but still finished in the top-20. He already holds a tie for third in 2013 and a tie for second in 2011. He can go low at Augusta (see his 64 in 2011) and is once again laying out a schedule that should peak him leading up to the majors. Look out for Jason Day this year at Augusta National and at 25/1 it would be a hard bet to pass up.
Jordan Spieth 25/1
The kid is a machine that just does not know any better. People are supposed to pay their dues on tour but Jordan has bypassed that while having an incredible first couple of years on the PGA Tour. In 2014, he made 24 of 27 possible cuts adding in 18 top-25s, eight tp-10s and two runner-up finishes. One of those runner-up finishes came at Augusta National last year. He played solid golf for four rounds and slept on the lead heading into the final round. He was three over during his final 11 holes as a Masters rookie. The nerves are behind him and he is ready for the moment.
Patrick Reed 100/1
How can you not show some interest in a young player with a ton of talent that has won three times over the last two years? Especially when he is 100/1. It is true that he succumbed to a second round 79 and a missed cut in his Masters debut but he has won under pressure so the last year should be looked at as a learning experience. He won a World Golf Championship event, the Cadillac Championship, last year and that field is as imposing as almost any a player can face. Keep an eye on Reed in the early part of 2015. If he is playing well you can be in for one heck of an April payday.
|Miguel Angel Jimenez||125/1|
|Charles Howell III||200/1|
|Brendon de Jonge||250/1|
|Jose Maria Olazabal||1250/1|