Justin Rose Tipped For Augusta Glory At The 2018 US Masters

The 82nd edition of the US Masters gets underway at Augusta on Thursday and what a tournament it promises to be. The top-six in the betting could be covered by a small child's blanket and that is where we will start this preview...

Thursday - 2.00pm OddsTips
US Masters   
Justin Rose (each way)    Best Bet 16/1
Justin Rose First Round Leader (each way) 20/1
Matt Kuchar (each way) 55/1
Adam Scott (each way) 66/1
Ryan Moore (each way) 125/1

The Big Six

The bookmakers have had their work cut out in trying to find a favourite in Georgia, with Jordan Spieth's strong showing in Houston last week (tied 3rd) propelling him to 11/1, with the 2015 champion still looking for redemption following his Masters meltdown of 2016.

Speaking of Masters meltdowns, Rory McIlroy is still hunting for the one elusive major title that continues to deny him a 'career grand slam' and the man who has finished in the top-ten in each of his past four appearances at Augusta is also available at 11/1.

Justin Thomas (11/1) is the 'form horse' in world golf right now as the FedEx Cup points leader has picked up four wins (including his maiden major title at the US PGA Championship) and five top-tens in his past 15 starts, while his two appearances at Augusta have yielded progressive finishes of 39th and 22nd.

World No.1, Dustin Johnson (12/1), finished 6th in 2015 and 5th in 2016 before missing last year's edition with a back injury when he had been a warm-order favourite.

Tiger Woods is the big talking point going into the first major of the year as the four-time Masters winner is bidding to land a green jacket for the first time in 13 years. The 42-year-old last won a major at the 2008 US Open but his rejuvenated form since returning from injury ensures he is as short as 14/1 ahead of his first appearance at Augusta in three years.

Justin Rose appears to be sneaking under the radar despite never missing a cut at Augusta and he has finished runner-up twice in the past three years following his valiant defeat to Sergio Garcia last year. Much will depend on how Rose putts this week but there is no questioning his form, with the Englishman racking up three wins and ten top-tens (including five top-fives) in his last 16 starts worldwide.
Tip #1: Justin Rose (each way) @ 14/1 with Betfred - 1/5 odds on 6 places.

First Round Leader

Rose is also worth a look in the 'first round leader' bracket too as he has finished in the top-five of the leaderboard after the first day's play in six of his 12 appearances at Augusta, leading or co-leading three times in the process. His first round scoring average is an impressive 70.75 in this event, while his average first round score on the PGA Tour this season is an impressive 69.00.
Tip #2: Justin Rose first round leader (each way) @ 20/1 with Boylesports - 1/5 odds on 6 places.

The Each-Way Selections

There is so much strength in depth to this field as Sergio Garcia (33/1) returns to defend his title, while the likes of Hideki Matsuyama (35/1), Jon Rahm (22/1), Rickie Fowler (25/1) and Paul Casey (22/1) are all looking to follow in the Spaniard's footsteps by winning their first major crown in Georgia.

Three-time winner Phil Mickelson (20/1) and two-time champion Bubba Watson (16/1) have enjoyed something of a resurgence in winning three PGA Tour titles between them in 2018 and are obvious threats.

It is Adam Scott who tempts us though as he bids to following Mickelson and Watson back into the winner's enclosure. The Australian tends to enjoy playing Augusta as he won the tournament in 2013 and has finished in the top-20 in six of his last eight visits.

US Masters Power Rankings.

Scott endured a tough 2017 campaign but still managed to top-ten at Augusta and there have been signs of better things to come this season, with Scott tipped to build on a couple of top-sixteen efforts so far.
Tip #3: Adam Scott (each way) @ 66/1 with Unibet - 1/4 odds on 6 places.

Matt Kuchar is another player in this field who could sneak under the radar and the 39-year-old has as fine course record, having secured four top-eight finishes in his last eight visits, including a tie for 4th in 2017.

The world No. 20 was able to peak for majors last year as he finished in the top-16 in all four, including a runner-up effort in The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, and he warmed up for the Masters with a tie for 8th in Houston on Sunday.
Tip #4: Matt Kuchar (each way) @ 55/1 with Unibet - 1/4 odds on 6 places.

Finally, Ryan Moore has finished in the top-fifteen of the Masters leaderboard on four occasions during his career, including a tie for 9th last year, and he is well worth considering at a massive price after he tied for 5th at the Arnold Palmer Invitational last time out.
Tip #5: Ryan Moore (each way) @ 125/1 with Ladbrokes - 1/4 odds on 5 places.

2018 US Masters Odds

Patrick Reed
Patrick Reed549/29/211/259/25
Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy555511/2555
Jordan Spieth
Jordan Spieth59/25511/29/255
Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson999910899
Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson1814141414141412
Justin Rose
Justin Rose1616161620161616
Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman81010713/2787
Rickie Fowler
Rickie Fowler2522202025222522
Justin Thomas
Justin Thomas1011101011101010
Charley Hoffman
Charley Hoffman4033333335333333
Bubba Watson
Bubba Watson1010101010101011
Jon Rahm
Jon Rahm4035333340504033
Louis Oosthuizen
Louis Oosthuizen4040404040334033
Hideki Matsuyama
Hideki Matsuyama4033404040403333
Matt Kuchar
Matt Kuchar6660666666666650
Tony Finau
Tony Finau10070808066806666
Zach Johnson
Zach Johnson8010010010080666650
Adam Hadwin
Adam Hadwin6666125125100668066
Tommy Fleetwood
Tommy Fleetwood125100125125100808066
Jason Day
Jason Day10010010010080100125-
Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith10015010012512512566100
Bernd Wiesberger
Bernd Wiesberger66150150200150100125125
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods20015020020080200150100
Jimmy Walker
Jimmy Walker200250200250175150200-
Alexander Noren
Alexander Noren300-------
Russell Henley
Russell Henley100300250300200300200200
Rafael Cabrera Bello
Rafael Cabrera Bello150300250300200250250150
Branden Grace
Branden Grace200300250300150200200150
Haotong Li
Haotong Li250500300400250300250200
Ryan Moore
Ryan Moore250500250300300400250300
Austin Cook
Austin Cook500-------
Brendan Steele
Brendan Steele500-------
Kevin Chappell
Kevin Chappell400-------
Patrick Cantlay
Patrick Cantlay500-------
Thomas Pieters
Thomas Pieters300-------
Kyle Stanley
Kyle Stanley175750300400300250250300
Brian Harman
Brian Harman250750400500300500500300
Daniel Berger
Daniel Berger250750400500300-500400
Francesco Molinari
Francesco Molinari200750300400300500500250
Phil Mickelson
Phil Mickelson300750300400300300350300
Satoshi Kodaira
Satoshi Kodaira250750400500300500350400
Ted Potter, Jr
Ted Potter, Jr750-------
Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer200750400500400250500250
Adam Scott
Adam Scott300750400500400500--
Bryson Dechambeau
Bryson Dechambeau3001000500500400--400
Chez Reavie
Chez Reavie4001000500500500750750500
Danny Willett
Danny Willett3001000100010001000--750
Fred Couples
Fred Couples4001000750750700750500300
Ian Poulter
Ian Poulter2501000500500750--500
Jason Dufner
Jason Dufner20010007507501000500-150
Jhonattan Vegas
Jhonattan Vegas2001000500500500500350400
Joaquin Niemann
Joaquin Niemann1000-------
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
Kiradech Aphibarnrat50010007507501000---
Matthew Fitzpatrick
Matthew Fitzpatrick25010007507501000---
Pat Perez
Pat Perez300-1000-----
Sergio Garcia
Sergio Garcia1000-------
Si Woo Kim
Si Woo Kim7501000750750750--750
Tyrrell Hatton
Tyrrell Hatton20010005005001000500-500
Vijay Singh
Vijay Singh2501000500500800300500400
Webb Simpson
Webb Simpson4001000750750800--750
Wesley Bryan
Wesley Bryan750-------
Xander Schauffele
Xander Schauffele20010007507501000--500
Kevin Kisner
Kevin Kisner2007505005001250750500500
Charl Schwartzel
Charl Schwartzel3001000--1500---
Patton Kizzire
Patton Kizzire10001000--2000---
Angel Cabrera
Angel Cabrera4000-------
Bernard Langer
Bernard Langer10001000100010004000---
Billy Horschel
Billy Horschel4000-------
Doc Redman
Doc Redman40001000--4000---
Doug Ghim
Doug Ghim4001000150015004000---
Dylan Frittelli
Dylan Frittelli4000-------
Gary Woodland
Gary Woodland4000-------
Harry Ellis
Harry Ellis4000-------
Ian Woosnam
Ian Woosnam4000-------
Jose Maria Olazabal
Jose Maria Olazabal40001000--4000---
Larry Mize
Larry Mize4000-------
Mark OMeara
Mark OMeara4000-------
Matt Parziale
Matt Parziale4000-------
Mike Weir
Mike Weir4000-------
Miyazato Yusaku
Miyazato Yusaku4000-------
Ross Fisher
Ross Fisher4000-------
Shubhankar Sharma
Shubhankar Sharma4000-------
Trevor Immelman
Trevor Immelman4000-------
Yuta Ikeda
Yuta Ikeda4000-------
Yuxin Lin
Yuxin Lin4000-------
S Lowry
S Lowry4000-------
Sandy Lyle
Sandy Lyle40001000--4000---
Paul Casey
Paul Casey400750500500400250-500
5. Dustin Johnson
8. Henrik Stenson
10. Rickie Fowler
11. Hideki Matsuyama
12. Charley Hoffman
13. Louis Oosthuizen
17. Tommy Fleetwood
21. Bernd Wiesberger
24. Russell Henley
27. Rafael Cabrera Bello
31. Xander Schauffele
33. Jhonattan Vegas
34. Francesco Molinari
40. Satoshi Kodaira
44. Matthew Fitzpatrick
46. Thomas Pieters
47. Phil Mickelson
49. Bryson Dechambeau
50. Alexander Noren
53. Charl Schwartzel
57. Kevin Chappell
59. Patrick Cantlay
60. Brendan Steele
61. Kiradech Aphibarnrat
62. Ted Potter, Jr
70. Joaquin Niemann
71. Jose Maria Olazabal
77. Trevor Immelman
80. Miyazato Yusaku
82. Shubhankar Sharma
87. Dylan Frittelli

Odds correct as of 22nd May, 14:12 Odds subject to change.

Posted: Tuesday, 3rd April 2018
Author: Chris Knight

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