This week is Masters week, and it is perhaps one of, if not the most, eagerly anticipated week of the golfing season. 91 players will line up, and they will be harbouring dreams of making the traditional trip to the Butler’s Cabin on Sunday evening and don the Green Jacket.
Tiger Woods – a five-time Masters champion – is expected to appear, and if so, it will be the first time he has played on the PGA Tour since he participated at Augusta in November 2020.
The field is oozing with class, but the course is laden with danger. The three-hole stretch at Amen Corner – 11th, 12th and 13th holes – are among the toughest in golf, and there could be a few frantic scenes around there.
Freebets has done the heavy lifting for you, and we have picked out three juicy golf tips for you to sink your teeth into ahead of the first round on Thursday.
Collin Morikawa to Complete Another Major Leg
Collin Morikawa has already snaffled two Majors – the PGA Championship and The Open – and they were both on his debut at the respective events. While he has been rather quieter this year, there have been some impressive results, such as T2 at the Genesis Invitational and a T5 at the Sentry Tournament of Champions back in January.
The American, who is widely perceived to be the player who is most likely to emulate Woods, comes alive in the Majors, and you imagine he will sprinkle some stardust on the lush fairways and greens at Augusta. He always seems to exude an air of calm, and his approach play is usually outstanding.
It comes as a bit of a surprise that he is trading at 20/1 with Unibet to win The Masters, as he has been undervalued. Anyway, if you are looking at a potential punt, then Morikawa is worth backing, and he could complete the third leg of the Career Slam this weekend.
No playoff drama
It is always interesting to compare the winning margins at The Masters. Last year, Hideki Matsuyama claimed the honours, as he fended off a fine challenge to pip Will Zalatoris by one shot, and he won with a total of -10.
However, in 2020, Dustin Johnson was a model of consistency as he enjoyed a pair of 65s across two rounds, romping to a five-stroke victory. It was a truly dominant performance, and he proved to be a strong frontrunner.
We may not witness any playoff drama this weekend, but if you fancy the champion to be a Wire to Wire winner, well William Hill has it covered in their Masters specials section. They are offering a price of 12/1 for the winner to be a Wire to Wire winner, which may be too good to ignore.
Hideki Matsuyama to give it a good go
There will be plenty of attention surrounding Matsuyama, as he seeks to defend his Masters title. That said, there will always be significant pressure on the Japanese, and as we know, winning back-to-back Majors at the same event is notoriously tough.
Matsuyama was in the winner’s circle at the start of the year at the Sony Open, and while he’s not troubled the top of the leaderboard much since, he could still have a good week. Currently, he is trading at 7/2 with Paddy Power to have a top 10 finish, and that is certainly feasible.
* Masters golf odds 2022 correct at the time of writing. All odds subject to changes.