2018 The Masters Preview

The world’s best golfers will descend on the famed Augusta National course in Georgia from Thursday in search of glory at The Masters 2018.

2018 has already been an interesting year in the world of golf and we have witnessed an exciting spread of winners across many tournaments, as well as the resurgence of arguably the game’s best-ever player in Tiger Woods.

We are set for one of the most open editions of The Masters since the turn of the century and three-time major winner Jordan Spieth is set to tee-off the $11 favourite. All the usual suspects in Rory McIlroy ($12) and Dustin Johnson ($13) remain prominent in betting, while Justin Thomas ($13), Justin Rose ($15) and Woods ($15) populate the next few lines.

Below you can find our complete list of 2018 The Masters tips, including the best roughies and players that look to be over the odds.

Dustin Johnson ($13)

Dustin Johnson is always one of the strongest performers at the majors and he is a live chance of winning The Masters again this year.

Johnson has produced several impressive performances and results throughout the early stages of the season and won the Sentry Tournament of Champions, to go along with three other top-ten finishes (from only seven tournaments). The thirty-three-year-old has placed in the top ten in his last two attempts at The Masters and he may never be offered a better chance of securing an elusive Green Jacket.

The American’s second-to-none ability from the tee could play a crucial roll in deciding The Masters this year and he does look to be slightly over the odds at his current $13 quote.

Bubba Watson ($19)

At a tournament that is becoming longer and longer each year, big hitters are being brought more and more into the picture, and there is no bigger hitter on tour that Bubba Watson.

Watson weathered a couple of seasons on the decline through 2016/2017, but he has turned his focus back to the basics and the results speak for themselves: an impressive win at the Genesis Open in February breaking a two-year drought, before completing an ideal lead-in to The Masters by winning the WGC Dell Technologies Match Play last week.

The two-time Masters champion (2012, 2014) is clearly a proven performer at Augusta and he is primed for another big performance from Thursday.

Paul Casey ($26)

Paul Casey has been extremely consistent at The Masters and is well and truly worth consideration at his current $26 quote.

The Englishman has finished sixth, fourth and sixth at his three most-recent appearances at Augusta and he has found terrific form leading into this year’s edition of the major.

Casey held off Tiger Woods to win the Valspar Championship last month; his first win on the PGA Tour since 2009 and he is playing with plenty of confidence leading into the tournament as a result. The forty-year-old has well and truly wound back the clock and it would not be surprising to see him fighting out the finish on Day 4.

Zach Johnson ($151)

Zach Johnson is certainly not one of the most powerful ball strikers in The Masters field, but what he lacks in power he certainly makes up for with one the tour’s best short games.

The forty-two-year-old won The Masters in 2007 and added the Claret Jug to his mantle via an impressive display at the British Open in 2015. He has continued to produce credible results this season and has two top-ten finishes so far.

There are few players better with a wedge than Johnson and arguably none better with a putter. He might not have the firepower to win The Masters outright in 2018, but he is more than capable of finishing in the top 10 ($9) or even the top 20 ($5) and represents plenty of value in our markets to do so.