The most and least backed golfers at this years Masters

The most and least backed golfers at this years Masters

Which golfers have been the most backed at the 2019 Masters?

The first major golf tournament of 2019 is finally upon us, as the worlds best tee it up at the beautiful Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia, United States for the Masters.

They will all be going after one thing, the famous green jacket that is presented to the player who ultimately triumphs and wins the tournament. Patrick Reed is the defending champion after his breakthrough major success in 2018 where he pipped Rickie Fowler to the title, finishing 15 under par.

The favourite to win the event this year is a man who has been desperate to get his hands on a green jacket for years, Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman has won each of the other three major tournaments meaning a win at the Masters would complete his career grand slam, but it has been a case of so close so far in the past.

McIlroy has finished in the top 10 in each of the last five years, getting closest to the title in 2015 when he finished fourth. But it seems that many fans believe that this will be the year he finally wins it as he is the most backed golfer in the field, collecting 8.7% of bets from punters.

2015 champion Jordan Spieth has also been a popular selection amongst punters, he is the second most backed player commanding 5.43% of the bets. The fact that he has won it before and has also finished second twice and third last year, combined with huge odds of 25/1 probably explains why so many are putting their money on the American.

Last years Open champion Francesco Molinari, Spaniard Jon Rahm and Fowler – a player we tipped to do well in our Masters 2019 betting preview – are the other three golfers that have seen a flurry of bets placed on them to win pre-tournament, each collecting 4.35% of the money.

In terms of English players, it is Ryder Cup hero Tommy Fleetwood who has been the punters most popular pick. The 28-year-old enjoyed a strong 2018 which not only saw him form his famous ‘Molliwood’ pairing with Molinari, but also in which he achieved a T2 finish at the US Open.

He also finished a career best T17 at Augusta, and with all of this in mind it appears that he has built up a decent following amongst bettors. With 5% of the money between 2nd-9th April going on Fleetwood, it means that he is a more popular choice than the likes of Justin Rose and the in-form Paul Casey.

Rory McIlroy Masters

Rory McIlroy is the most backed player at the 2019 Masters.

Which players have punter being avoiding ahead of the Masters?

One player who is really not fancied by the punters is another very recent former champion. Danny Willett won the tournament back in 2016, despite being a rank outsider before the players had teed off.

The Sheffield-born golfer hit 283 that year and therefore finishing five under par, but has struggled to hit those heights ever since. Indeed he missed the cut in nine of his first 12 tournaments in 2018 including at this very tournament which is perhaps what is putting people off backing him.

His odds reflect his form, going into the competition as high as 250/1 with some bookmakers. Only 0.1% of punters have backed him pre-tournament, showing that barely any believe that he will slip on a green jacket for the second time in his career.

Only 19 other players have been backed less than Willett, in a field of 80. They include the likes of Ian Woosnam, who was priced as high as 10,000/1 with some outlets and Fred Couples whose odds were 550/1 – both of whom are semi-retired players who we are now more used to seeing on the legends circuit.

Danny Willett Masters

Few are backing 2016 champion Danny Willett to win the Masters this year.

Pre-Tournament Masters Outright Odds:

(All odds taken from bet365)

Rory McIlroy – 13/2

Dustin Johnson – 11/1

Justin Rose – 12/1

Tiger Woods – 14/1

Jon Rahm – 16/1

Rickie Fowler – 16/1

Justin Thomas – 18/1

Tommy Fleetwood – 22/1

Francesco Molinari – 22/1

Jordan Spieth – 25/1

Hideki Matsuyama – 25/1

Paul Casey – 25/1

Brooks Koepka – 25/1

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