2018 Masters Prop Bets
With only 87 players in the field and many of these essentially non-runners, the prices in the Top 20 market this week are tighter than usual. One man who appeals to me in this market though is Adam Hadwin. The Canadian has yet to miss a cut so far this year and has already notched three Top-10 finishes.
Recently, Hadwin’s game has been peaking. Over his last 12 rounds, he sits second in this field for Strokes Gained-Approaching the Green, second for Strokes Gained-Tee to Green, third in Strokes Gained-Around the Green and 5th in Ball Striking. Surprisingly it’s been the putter that has been letting him down slightly this season. Usually excellent on the greens, Hadwin sits 131st in Strokes Gained-Putting so far this season, compared to 18th for 2017.
If there is one area that we see fluctuating most from week to week though it is putting. Hadwin played in his first Masters last year where he recorded a very respectable T-36. At 4/1 he looks undervalued to grab a Top 20 finish this week.
Top Senior is always an interesting market at this event. Freddy Couples is usually a reliable bet at The Masters, but this year may be the one to fade him. Couples has played hardly any golf this year and has turned up to Augusta without hitting a ball in two months. He’s stated how nervous he is and how it could go one way or the other for him this week.
Another man who loves Augusta is Bernhard Langer. The two time Masters winner has recorded Top-25 finishes in 3 of his last 5 visits here.The German, who has been so dominant in recent years on the Champions Tour is fresh off a T-9 in Mississippi and sounds very content with the shape of his game from his latest interviews. 11/4 is a good price up against a rusty favourite.
First Round Leader
First round leader has been a market that’s been kind to me in the past at Augusta. I’m going to take a punt this year on Patrick Cantlay, who is making his pro debut here this year. He made the cut here as an amateur in 2012 which suggests the course suits the American’s game.
Cantlay is second on the PGA Tour this season for Round 1 scoring, with a stroke average of 68. In a market where 66/1 is the minimum odds needed to get me involved, he’s right on the limit. Along with Cantlay, I’ll add Hadwin and Langer for a bit of Thursday fun.
- Top 20 – Adam Hadwin 4/1
- Top Senior -Bernhard Langer 11/4
- 1st Round Leader – Patrick Cantlay 66/1
- 1st Round Leader – Adam Hadwin 100/1
- 1st Round Leader – Bernhard Langer 250/1