Rickie Fowler can break his big duck and become a popular winner of The Masters – Ben Coley and his unmissable betting preview.
3 points e.w. Justin Thomas on 16/1 (1/5 1-10)
3pts e.w. Rickie Fowler at 20/1 (1/5 1-6)
1.5 points e.w. Hideki Matsuyama at 33/1 (1/5 1-7)
1pt e.w. Louis Oosthuizen at 40/1 (1/5 1-7)
1pt e.w. Marc Leishman at 55/1 (1/5 1-6)
Rory McIlroy has been master of the master since he shot balls on live television at the age of eight, dressed in Tiger Nike, Black Player  Twenty-one years later, he is offered a seemingly golden opportunity to earn the Green Jacket, which would complete a career Grand Slam just weeks before his 30th birthday.
Golden golfing opportunities are still More Miss than Hit, and it is the acceptance of that fact that makes McIlroy all the more dangerous ̵
Nothing at full flight. Like McIlroy and it would be a shame if he did not conquer this magnificent golf course. It would also be a surprise. McIlroy and Augusta National are a game made in heaven, and it is extremely difficult to get away from any plug-in plan, especially in so many places to play with.
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There are no negative aspects to me Can not give you, not even the putter. Working with Brad Faxon, more spiritual than physical, seems to have helped enormously, and he does not have to do anything to gain it. As always, the challenge at Augusta relies more on the approach to the game: making a big champ is more iron than anything that comes to mind in the TaylorMade Spider he was so comfortable with.
Shoot all the other divisions in the McIlroy game. He scored more hits: the kickback in 2019 means 2.1 shots per round, which is enough to lead the Masters Masters 2017, Sergio Garcia, with almost half a shot. There is no gap between other players nearby – you're just on your own.
In terms of the approach game he is in ninth place of the assembled field. A balanced attack starts at the tee and goes to the green. It's obvious that McIlroy has been playing outstanding golf so far this year, but the numbers point to something more – the idea that he's actually at his peak.
And he's the most likely winner of The Masters in every way. I do not think he's a bet, not eight or ten. The odds of 7/1 are about as short as you'll see for a great championship and require the total belief that this relentless tournament does not allow.
Instead, my vote goes for Rickie Fowler who can extend the series of the first big winners here to half a decade by finally breaking his duck.
Fowler is in the eyes of some of the ultimate man, but that's a coat, Garcia, and He's not alone: Dustin Johnson, Adam Scott, and even Phil Mickelson were included in the role. It's not always as easy as McIlroy, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth have made it look; Two career paths are not identical.
I'm convinced that Fowler is capable of becoming a great champion, and he did everything when he won this event last year. In fact, his 14-year-old would have won a total of 75 of the previous 81 editions, and even from the point of view of the blows – that is, to use the field ranking average as a laggard – he was good enough to win 41 of them.
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. Quite simply: he has encountered an opponent at the height of his powers. By chance, he is a fearless leader, while he plays in the role of the villain. Of all the players who beat Patrick Reed at the Masters Tournament last year, only Fowler threatened to beat him out of a green jacket.
That could be really meaningful a year later. Eventually, Fowler left Augusta knowing that he had done everything he could have done, including a world-class birdie on the 72nd hole that was supposed to prove much to both us and him.
In Phoenix, he had done that earlier This year brave bad weather, bad luck and, yes, a bad game to continue grimly after a grueling final round – played in a kind of cool, windy conditions that some predict this week. There are parallels between this event and Fowler's great grief, and while Augusta's performance was noticeable, here's the result.
Since then Fowler's eyes are on The Masters. He skipped the matchplay once more and, as he likes, took part in the event, which is just ahead of the first major of the season. That it was the Texas Open rather than Houston is not positive, but it does mean that Fowler's ho-hum performance is by no means negative.
Actually, that's encouraging. Fowler shook his heels with new shanks and achieved strokes on the fourth attempt in a row. As we have seen in this victory in Phoenix as well as two years ago in Honda and the Honda Classic, something positive in this division makes one of the sports the most potent putters pose a real threat.
Here in Augusta, there is simply no one on the field that I would rather have for myself. It's then a question of building opportunities, and with his two best performances this year at the Phoenix Open and last week, there are reasons to be positive from an overall ball-striking perspective.
Fowler almost won The Honda Classic and shape, which is so important for the first months of the year to find a Masters Champion, is his profile that sets the most appeal. I like his planning as well as the ups and downs of his performances.
If his plan was to win and win and prepare for it, this is a case of good. Now it's a question of whether he can finish the final phase, and I do not think he was ever better equipped.
Rickie Fowler seems ready to win his first major championship  Last year, Justin Thomas received my headline vote at 10/1, and I can not skip it for twice the price now.
Thomas has the perfect game for Augusta, mainly because he is one of the best (which I mean the top 4 or 5, not the top 20 or 30, mine) iron player in the world, which is also a terse short game and short Have kind of chip-on-your-shoulder confidence that separates great from good.
His Augusta record will feed into some criticism, but figures of 39-22-17 should actually serve as an encouragement, especially as he has climbed the Green-in-Regulation charts in all three appearances.
Last year, he shot a second lap 67 to climb to sixth, and while the weekend did not go plan, that's all part of a typical Augusta learning curve. I expect it to continue to improve, and it really does not take much to get from seventeenth to first place.
"Yeah, I played well this week, just let me down," he said. "I played well enough to have a great chance of winning the tournament, I just did not make putts."
A year later, Thomas arrives at # 4 on the PGA Tour for everything important, and there's no one who scores better on the par-fives, and as his green-side game works well, there is not really many holes in the profile.
The one concern is that his typically good iron-playing game got a little lost in March. but that too could work in his favor. Thomas had time to work on it, and he changed the switch before. His high-profile victories come about when he's somewhat out of focus, as the odds of 50/1 for the US PGA and 33/1 for the Bridgestone prove invitational.
Justin Thomas has an ideal match for Augusta National
Having already said that his problem with Augusta was the pressure he exerted on himself, it could only be It may be that a less than perfect preparation for a course he would soon reach.
"I have felt very well for four years," he said when asked at Sawgrass what we should do with his Augusta record. "I do not think there are many courses that fit my game."
Thomas has played laps here with Tiger, Fred Couples, Jeff Knox … Anyone he believes he can learn, and all he needs is his strength to flaunt for a serious title challenge to stand. I'm ready to count on him to set the time perfectly.
There are strong arguments for all who stand before betting. If someone owes a green jacket, then it is certainly Justin Rose, while Dustin Johnson is quoted at 10/1, and thus half the price was behind the similarly productive two months ago two years ago, when his hopes were dashed by a fall Night ended stairs.
It's hard to miss, and Jon Rahm is the same, while Tiger Woods, a fighting Jordan Spieth, Francesco Molinari and even Brooks Koepka are easier to miss. And although he is bullish and rightly so, Paul Casey looks just short enough for one who has still not felt comfortable winning the Valspar championship.
In contrast, I thought that the 50/1 was cited above . Marc Leishman was generous, and the Australian should do really well in his bid for a first big championship.
While it's likely that we'll get a truly elite winner here, it's undeniable that Masters Masters are driving this second wave – those who may be a bit more experienced, a little less explosive than their peers that dominate the market.
Danny Willett, Charl Schwartzel, Adam Scott, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, even Bubba Watson's The First Time – this was all on the front line of the bet, brought Augusta the right kind of game and a level of confidence through that a strong game has been increased in recent times.
Leishman fits this description in with three top 5 finishes in the Seven Ball games starting in 2019, before the last 16 of Match Play, where Bryson DeChambeau was among his victims in the group stage, have run.
The Australian is not the kind of punch-breaker, but he boasts a wealth of top-notch formats, including playing with Adam Scott when his compatriot won that title in a play-off six years ago. That experience could prove to be significant, and it's one of Leishman's referrals after making a commitment this past year.
"I've seen first-hand what it takes to win here," he said. "I think I played well enough to win that day, I feel like I hit the right shots to win, I just did not take my chances when I got them."
"I feel I've learned a lot that day and hopefully I'll be fine for this week and sit here on Sunday night, if not then I'll do my best."
These comments came after Leishman had added a second round 67 to a first lap of 70 – enough for a place in the final group on Saturday alongside Reed The Forgotten Man of last year, and his performance in the first two rounds is worth highlighting as he does was grouped with a returning Tiger Woods.
Although Leishman eventually has to settle for ninth place, Leishman is now twice the big hit in the mix for The Masters and he's almost won the Open Championship, including St Andrews, so this is not Stage that will worry him.
In the 15th place in bogey avoidance and the 19th in stroke, there is a depth of form that works very well for it, and it just looks like a crazy bet.
Louis Oosthuizen is the man who has stopped Leishman in his tracks at the Match games and also he is worth supporting.
Although Oosthuizen is undoubtedly frustrating and still winning in the US With four other runners-up, he is a great master – a CV that only a handful of players have grown in this area.
His preparation was perfect, with a second place finish in the Valspar and a run to the quarter-finals of Match Play Avoiding two more rounds could be a blessing in the face of his difficult backlog.
Granted, his ferocious game there was not good enough to win in Augusta, but he has found solace here in the past d was in the top 20 in the seven matches he had made on the weekend.
Even before the finish an unfortunate second after Bubba in 2012, he had missed the cut despite over 80 hits percent of the greens a year ago, so Augusta National is a place that suits the sweetest swingers in golf.
In recent years, he has really found some consistency here, finishing in the top 25 out of four out of his last five, and after the putter has been fired lately, everything points to something similar can do.
Oosthuizen's victory at the South Africa Open last December felt he could prevent a huge year in 2019 and achieve a form similar to Reed's last year he looks a great player.
Finally, while he was really trying to play Viktor Hovland at 1000/1, it's Hideki Matsuyama which completes my shortlist.
The Japanese just beat the ball so well that he soon finds himself in the mix on Sunday afternoon, and maybe a return to Augusta could provide the necessary improvement.
As Masters here in 27th place, The Masters always looks like an ideal event for his major breakthrough, and he did well here even without his Tee-to-Green A-Game, such as when he complained about his long game two years ago.
Forming the numbers from 5-7-11-19 over the last four renewals tell you how much Matsuyama likes Augusta and how he explained in 2017 that the more rounds he gets, the better his prospects will be.
"Every year when I play the course, you learn a little more, especially if you do not hit it, which was one of the keys I've played five times and that I've learned and understood If I can not beat it well, I can still do it well. "
When the leader in the field has won in terms of stroke, there are no problems in how he hits the ball and with a strong bogey Matsuyama should run really well ,
Whether he overcomes the line or not remains to be seen, but expectations have dropped since he left the favorites in 2017 US PGA, where the pressure on him was evident, and that's another positive step ahead of what promises To be another captivating renewal of The Masters.
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