2018 Masters Head-to-Head Betting Picks
One of the best ways to bet on professional golf tournaments is on the betting odds posted for any number of head-to-head matchups between the top players in the field. This is especially true when the Majors roll around such as this week’s Masters at Augusta National.
The 2018 Masters gets underway on Thursday with the first of four rounds of play. After going through all the posted odds, I have come up with two betting picks for the head-to-head matchups that offer the best value in the numbers.
Jordan Spieth (-115) vs. Justin Thomas (-105)
The betting odds in this matchup give Spieth the slight edge and for good reason. The 24-year old Texas alumni won the Masters in 2015 as part of three career victories in golf’s Majors. He tied for second at Augusta in 2014 and 2016 before slipping into a tie for 11 th in last year’s event. The proven ability to win at this course is a huge plus when it comes to his betting odds in this matchup and current form is a plus with a third-place finish last week in the Houston Open.
Despite more than enough reasons to go with Spieth as the world’s No. 4-ranked player in this matchup, I am going with the slightly better value in Thomas at -105. This 24-year old Alabama graduate has worked his way to No. 2 in the world with a stellar season in 2017. He has kept
things going this year behind a 68.8 scoring average and five Top 10 finishes in nine events. This includes victories in the recent Honda Classic and last year’s victory in the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges. Most recently, he finished second to Bubba Watson in the WGC Match Play
Championship just two weeks ago. He is currently at the top of the list in the PGA’s FedEx standings with over $5 million in earnings.
Thomas does have limited experience at Augusta with a tie for 39 th in 2016 followed by a tie for 22 nd in 2017, but he comes into this tournament on the heels of a victory in the 2017 PGA Championship as the last Major played.
Bubba Watson (-110) vs. Ricky Fowler (-110)
This could be one of the most interesting matchup between two very good friends both on and off the golf course. Watson is one of the hottest golfers in the field pitted against Fowler with the dubious distinction of being one of the best golfers in the field that has never won a Major.
Bubba has run about as hot and cold as you can at Augusta with Green Jacket runs in 2012 and 2014 complementing a tie for 50 th in 2013 and a tie for 38 th in 2015. Watson failed to make the cut in last year’s Masters as the worst performance in nine career trips around this track. Current form makes him one of the favorites to win this week as the second-highest money winner on the PGA Tour this year. His world ranking stands at No. 19 coming off that victory in the WGC Match Play Championship.
Fowler could be considered one of the most over-hyped golfers in the professional ranks at the age of 29. He has yet to win a Major in his nine-year professional career and a fourth-round 73 at this year’s Waste Management Phoenix Open cost him a shot at nailing down his first victory since winning the Hero World Challenge last December. He remains a fan favorite in every tournament he plays, but that is not the secret to success at Augusta.
What makes Fowler the better value pick in this head-to-head matchup against Watson is a bit better consistency at Augusta National. He does not have two victories on his resume like Bubba and he did miss the cut here in 2016, but I am more impressed with Ricky’s three finishes inside the top 12 golfers in this tournament over the past four years.