With college basketball for both Women and Men finished for now, and NBA and NHL winding down for the playoffs, it’s time we take a look and the big golf tournament coming up the Masters that begins on Thursday the 9th of April and runs through Sunday the 12 of April 2015.
The players will tee off at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta Georgia with TV coverage on ESPN for Thursday and Friday from 3 PM to 7:30 PM ET, and on CBS for Saturday from 3 PM to 7 PM ET and on CBS for Sunday from 2 PM to 7 PM ET. The purse for the tournament totals some $9 million with $1.62 million going to the winner who will also receive 600 FedEx points!
The top 5 early favorites in the tournament are McIlroy at +550, Spieth and +1015, Watson at 1050, Day at +1215, Johnson at +1550 and the Field at +200. If you’re wagering on the Master there are also a lot of matchups one might be interested in.
So what’s on line with the line, probably the biggest thing is winning this tournament gives the Golfer a place in history if he can go on and win the Grand Slam of Golf. So here we will take a look at some favorites, a sleeper and a long shot who might win at get the famous Green Sport Coat.
The early favorites were Watson, Spieth and McIlroy not necessarily in that order for the odds posted. McIlroy at +550 presently ranked at No.1 and that’s based on his winning the British Open and last season’s PGA Championship. He is seeking a Grand Slam and this is the only golf tournament he to date hasn’t won. Last season McIlroy finished 8th in the Masters, which was his best so far in Master tournaments to date.
To date he place 2nd in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship and then got his 1st 2015 win at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic last Feb. 2015 . He now seems to be back with his game and ready to win this Masters Tournament. If he fails to win it appears either Spieth or Watson might wear Green at the end of this tournament.
Spieth who is at +1015 has been a ball of fire on the course lately as he was hot in the Shell Houston open, won the Valspar Championship last March, and at the end of last season in the Masters he tied for second behind winner Tom Watson.
Watson at +1050 and close behind Spieth in the odds, has won the Masters back in 2012 and 2014 and this season to date as performed very well with 4 top 10 finishes, that included a 3rd in WGC-Cadillac.
The experts have actually picked 2 sleepers that they think could win the Masters in 2015 who are Woods and Westwood. If you Bet on Golf at SBG Global, you know the quote, every champions still has one fight left, and Tiger who did not play in the Masters last season and since back 2008 he has not won a Major and since 2013 not a PGA Tournament. Considering all his struggles, you still can’t count him out.
One reason they pick Westwood as a sleeper in this event is the fact they he has participated in the last 7 Master Tournaments and was in the Top 12 some 6 times. Westwood whose odds are +5000 actually has the best aggregate score in the last 5 Masters at 30 under.
There always seems to be a long shot pick by the experts and in this year’s Masters it’s Blixt at +15,000 who yes, has struggled this season but if he plays this 2015 Master as he did in 2014 when he finished 2nd to Spieth, and if he does then watch out oddsmakers!