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The strong favourites in the outright winner market for 2014 Masters Golf betting are Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott. McIlroy’s history at Augusta of course includes that 2011 performance when he blew a four shot lead in the final round to crumble out of the picture. The player said that it is the only time he has ever cried during golf. But the Northern Ireland star is back and looking in strong shape both mentally and physically to earn his first Green Jacket.

Since the withdrawal of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy has taken charge at the head of the Masters 2014 betting field, with Australia’s Adam Scott breathing down his neck. Scott took the Green Jacket last season, beating off former winner Angel Cabrera in a play off. It was a big triumph for the Aussie, who has been one of the most solid major performers over the last three season. Scott has taken seven top ten finishes from his last twelve Majors, missing only one cut. The last three runs at the Masters has seen him go T2 T8 1.

Impressive stuff and online betting site Betfair has Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott as joint favourites at a price of 11/1. That is in short priced ahead of Phil Mickelson (14/1) and Jason Day (16/1) and the shortening Sergio Garcia (18/1).

Back a selection in the outright winner market for your Masters 2014 betting and if your player finishes second to either Rory McIlroy or Adam Scoot, then Betfair will have your back as they will pay you out as a winner anyway!

2014 Masters Golf Odds at Betfair
Rory McIlroy 11/1, Adam Scott 11/1, Phil Mickelson 14/1, Jason Day 16/1, Sergio Garcia 18/1, Matt Kuchar 20/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Dustin Johnson 28/1, Henrik Stenson 33/1, Charl Schwartzel 33/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Zach Johnson 33/1, Bar 40/1

April 10th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

William Hill

Online betting site William Hill are running a promotion for 2014 Masters betting. The action in Augusta is almost in swing and one of the great alternative markets for your golf betting are the 3 ball and 2 ball options. This is the area of the game where the players go off in their groups, (or pairs over the final two days), and you can back who you think the player with the lowest score will be out of those.

It gives a good dimension to your Masters 2014 Golf betting, by narrowing your margins of picking a winner, as opposed to landing one name out of the entire field in the outright winner market. In that outright winner market, Rory McIlroy is trading as 11/1 favourite, closely followed by the reigning champion Adam Scott.

As the groups go off, there is great value to be found in building an accumulator from the 3 Ball and 2 Ball markets available at William Hill and there is insurance in place as well on the markets as well!

Place a 3 Ball or 2 Ball Accumulator during the 2014 Masters (bets of 4 selections or bigger) and if just one of the legs let you down, then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake as a free bet up to the maximum of £25.

2014 Masters Odds at William Hill
Rory McIlroy 11/1, Adam Scott 12/1, Phil Mickelson 14.1, Jason Day 16/1, Sergio Garcia 20/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Bubba Watson 25/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Henrik Stenson 33/1, Charl Schwartzel 33/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Zach Johnson 33/1, Bar 40/1

April 9th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Sports Betting

Online betting site Boylesports are running a great Money Back Special for 2014 Masters Golf betting. The first Major of the new season is here, and the big name missing off the betting markets is of course Tiger Woods. The four-time Masters winner, after some major struggles with form this season, decided to bite the bullet and get some surgery done, meaning that he misses Augusta for the first time since turning pro.

Last year’s winner Adam Scott has been heading up the field along with Rory McIlroy as joint favourite largely, and they have looked the genuine, strongest shots in the field. McIlroy has been producing some great golf this season and is somewhere near his peak right at the moment, while Scott, always such a firm Major contender should be there or thereabouts, if he can just sort out the Sunday jitters he seems to be having this term.

Three time winner Phil Mickelson has admitted that he his nervous about Augusta this time around and has had his own health issues, as has Australia’s Jason Day. While they both have fine track records at the event, it may suggest that their 2014 Masters odds are a little too short to be of tremendous value, but will represent a decent each way shot at the worst.

Whoever you are going to plump for, head to online betting site Boylesports for some great coverage. They will refund your outright stake if your selection finishes 2nd or 3rd at the Masters! New customers registering an account with the online betting site can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

2014 Masters betting odds are wide open this year, because the field is really tough to call. You have the steady old hands of the likes of Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson, Brandt Snedeker and Charl Schwartzel, while there is an exciting crop of young guns waiting to have a crack at the Major, like Jordan Spieth and Harris English. The general consensus is to go with experience over youth.

There is great value around the 28/1 mark with online betting site Boylesports in Henrik Stenson and Sergio Garcia. That is probably around the area and the kind of players that a lot of punters will be tempted to in such a wide open field. Garcia looks to be the top European challenge (behind Rory McIlroy) this time around, and course specialist Lee Westwood is out at 45/1 with Luke Donald and Ian Poulter at around 50’s. Spain’s Jose Maria Olazabal was the last European to land it back in 1999.

Six of the last ten Masters Tournaments have been won by an American (Phil Mickelson three times), with two wins for South Africa, one for Argentina and Adam Scott coming through for Australia last season. The US have produced 57 wins (from 35 players) from the previous 77 Masters Tournaments held. Dominance and in the winning nationality market in 2014 Masters odds, the USA is 5/4 favourites, with European and Rest of the World options at 5/2.

2014 Masters Golf Betting Odds at Boylesports
Rory McIlroy 10/1, Adam Scott 11/1, Phil Mickelson 12/1, Jason Day 16/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Henrik Stenson 25/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Zach Johnson 33/1, Charl Schwartzel 33/1, Brandt Snedeker 33/1, Keegan Bradley 40/1

April 9th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sergio Garcia (Spain)

The 2014 Masters golf betting looks to be wide open this year, although the withdrawal of Tiger Woods seems to have slowed the markets a bit. That is because the field is so evenly matched and it is hard to pick out a winner. That of course equates to nothing but great value for your 2014 Masters golf betting. With Woods, who had had a terrible run of form anyway, pulling out because of a necessary surgery, it has pretty much left Rory McIlroy, Adam Scott, Phil Mickelson and Jason Day heading up the field.

McIlroy and Scott have been trading at 10/1 and 11/1 respectively with online betting site Paddy Power, with McIlroy just behind at 12/1 and Day out at 16/1. But how wide open 2014 Masters Golf Odds is, can be seen by a glance at the market and the whole host of players just hovering around between 20/1 and 33/1. There doesn’t look to be any surefire hits this time around.

Reigning champion Adam Scott will naturally take a lot of precedence, but Rory McIlroy is looking pretty well primed to make a big run to the title at Augusta. Three time winner Phil Mickelson, whose last win came back in 2010 will take good backing. But with question marks over the health and conditioning of Jason Day and Phil Mickelson, it could throw more value to Scott and McIlroy.

But are the 2014 Masters odds on either of them tempting enough to shoot for a big outright win? Well the best way would be to take some coverage on an each way bet and a couple of bookmakers are offering extra coverage.

Paddy Power are paying out to six places in your 2014 Masters golf betting, just to give that extra spot if the player that you have backed is in the picture but can’t quite make it to the title. Well worth snapping up that extra spot. Stan James are also paying out to six places on Masters Odds 2014.

So while the bookmakers have clearly lined out who they are most concerned about at Augusta this time around, where is the bigger value? Looking down the field at the steady-handed performers, those who are reliable and aren’t going to get flustered with the stress and conditions is where great value if. If Matt Kuchar could hold out for a steady Sunday then he has all the tools necessary to make a firm challenge, and because of how open it is, Sergio Garcia could be ready for a great run to his first ever Major. Both are tremendous looking value around 25/1 in the outright winner market.

There is also a strong, young crop of players in the mix this time, with the likes of Harris English, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Victor Dubuisson. But will they be needing more experience under the pressure and trials of Augusta to really get close to the title? You could even look further afield for players like Lee Westwood and former winner Angel Cabrera who seem to have that touch of being course specialists.

Make no mistake, the field in 2014 Masters Golf Betting is wide open and while a great each shot is always tempting value, don’t forget about the superb value which can be found in the Top 10 Finish and Place Markets.

2014 Masters Golf Betting Odds at Paddy Power
Rory McIlroy 10/1, Adam Scott 11/1, Phil Mickelson 12/1, Jason Day 16/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Henrik Stenson 25/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Zach Johnson 33/1, Charl Schwartzel 33/1, Brandt Snedeker 33/1, Keegan Bradley 40/1

April 8th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

The 2014 Masters Golf betting odds are being largely dominated by Rory McIlroy following the withdrawal of four-time champion Tiger Wodds. The Northern Ireland star though is trading as 11/1 joint favourite with online betting site Ladbrokes, heading the field along with Australia’s Adam Scott.

McIlroy has certainly showed signs of being back to his best this season, carding three top ten finishes from his six outings on the PGA Tour this term and he is the leading European option. His best finish was a second place at the Honda Classic after opening with a remarkable 63 and he rounded out the weekend at the Shell Houston Open on Sunday with a 65 as everything clicked into place.

However, his record at the Masters is a little indifferent, solid, but nothing perhaps to suggest that he is going to add to his US Open and PGA Championship titles. McIlroy’s best finish from five previous Masters attempts was a T15. With just the one missed cut in those five, McIlroy has landed three Top 25 finishes at the event the other result being a T40. So it’s not bad, but suggests more in 2014 Masters golf betting that there is going to be more value on top ten finish for a price of Even money on him.

The other coverage to take of course would be an each way shot on him and Ladbrokes are at least offering some good coverage, where if a European wins the Masters, then the bookmaker will refund your losing outright singles as a free bet up to £25. New customers registering an account with Ladbrokes can also get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus, great timing for your 2014 Masters odds.

It would be a welcome win too, because the last European to land the famous Green Jacket was Jose Maria Olazabal back in 1999.

McIlroy does seem primed, he does seem raring to go and confident of his chances, but of course he has had to dismiss the fact that he wasn’t favourite until Tiger Woods pulled out. So with Augusta National bringing you some top golf betting action this week, McIlroy of course will have plenty of backing, especially with his coach saying that the golfer is probably at the prime of his career, with mind, body and equipment all in tune.

You will be able to follow his progress, along with the rest of the fields, through live in-running betting as well. If he wins, it won’t be because he is filling any void left behind by Tiger Woods, it will be because he’s earned it. Woods had endured his worst opening to a season in 17 years since turning pro, so how seriously was he likely to challenge at Augusta?

2014 Masters Golf Betting Odds at Ladbrokes
Rory McIlroy 10/1, Adam Scott 11/1, Phil Mickelson 12/1, Jason Day 16/1, Matt Kuchar 22/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Dustin Johnson 25/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Henrik Stenson 25/1, Justin Rose 33/1, Zach Johnson 33/1, Charl Schwartzel 33/1, Brandt Snedeker 33/1, Keegan Bradley 40/1

April 7th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Free Bets & Promotions

The big WGC Cadillac Championship is the highlight of the golf betting week, as there is a strong field out. Plenty of golf betting value around for the action this week and you can grab yourself some extra value as well with some great golf betting promotions.

Online betting site Betfair are running an offer where they will refund your first losing bet on the tournament, up to the value of £25, if Rory McIlroy wins this week. The Northern Ireland star has been in some general good form and this promotion offers a nice bit of insurance. New customers to Betfair can take advantage of a great welcome bonus of a risk free £50 first bet.

Coral are focusing on second place finishes for their golf betting promotional offer this week. Place a pre-tournament bet on the WGC Cadillac Championship and if your backed selected finished second (to anyone) then Coral will refund your lost stake as a free bet. The maximum refund value is £25 per customer.

Boylesports are also looking at second place finishes for the WGC Cadillac Championship. If your player finishes second to either Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy at the event, then you will get your lost stake refunded from the bookie. New customers registering an account can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

WGC Cadillac Outright Winner Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy 15/2, Adam Scott 12/1, Tiger Woods 14/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Sergio Garcia 18/1, Bubba Watson 22/1, Jason Day 22/1, Jordan Spieth 22/1, Phil Mickelson 28/1, Keegan Bradley 28/1, Matt Kuchar 28/1, Harris English 30/1

March 5th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Ryan Moore

There have been some big changes at the Doral Resort in Miami, home of this week’s WGC-Cadillac Championship. The Blue Monster course has been redesigned by Gil Hanse and is longer and wider than the original. You would think that would lower scores, but perhaps it may not be as simple as that. Certainly, you’ll have to miscue to get a tee-shot into the rough but things could get more tricky thereafter, especially on the greens which are now huge and will no doubt be made more interesting by some innovative pin positions.

Nobody has played the Blue Monster better than Tiger Woods in recent years but the new layout means that everyone is starting again on a level playing field and one has to have doubts about Woods’ fitness after he was forced to walk off the course in the final round at the Honda Classic last week with back spasms. If an old problem has resurfaced, the defending WGC-Cadillac champion and seven-times winner might not want to risk a second tournament in quick succession with the Masters looming large on the horizon. Tiger is a 15/1 chance this year with Stan James for those willing to risk his wellbeing.

Rory McIlroy made a welcome return to form in the Honda Classic having only lost out in a four-way play-off. It’s a while since the Ulsterman won a PGA tournament and he’s very short at a general 15/2 in Miami but you only have to go as far back as August for the last time Adam Scott won in the US. The Masters champion looks ready to strike again after top 12 finishes in the Sony Open and Honda Classic and is 12/1 with most leading layers.

Justin Rose won the WGC-Cadillac Championship two years ago and the Englishman is 43/1 this time around with betfair while the likes of Jason Day (a general 22/1), Dustin Johnson (18/1 with Coral) and Matt Kuchar (33/1 with Betfred and Coral) arrive in decent form and should make their presence felt. Kuchar has three top-10 finishes in four starts in strokeplay this year and looks to have erased a few minor faults from his game but I like the look of the general 66/1 about Ryan Moore this week.

The year started well for the 31-year-old from Washington State with top-10 finishes in Hawaii and Arizona. He missed the cut in the Northern Trust Open and went out of the Accenture Matchplay in the second round to Kuchar but he has one of the hottest putters around at present and is accurate enough off the tee to put himself in prime position at the new-look Doral. He looks a cracking each-way bet and Boylesports will give you cashback if your selections finishes second to either Woods or McIlroy. Coral will also refund your stake if your man finishes second.

March 4th, 2014 / paul - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

The PGA Tour gets back to stroke play this week after all the excitement of the WGC Accenture Match Play over the weekend. It is Honda Classic golf betting up for grabs this week as the Tour hits the east coast in Florida. The PGA National was the most difficult course of the season during 2013 and players are going to have find their form out of the gate early on this one. Chances may be at a premium but there is a high quality field in attendance, waiting to tame it.

Rory McIlroy is running as narrow 8/1 favourite in the field, and tees off as a previous winner back in 2010. He has been in great shape recently and looking like he can have a powerful season again. McIlroy heads to PGA National with five consecutive top 10’s in stroke play. So great form and at Even Money in the Top Ten Finish market, well worth a punt there.

Tiger Woods was a close second to McIlroy here in 2012, but his current form can’t stand up to that of McIlroy. Woods hasn’t seen himself in a top ten finish now in his last four starts. Nothing really to suggest that he’s going to turn that around here, but of course you can never count him out. He is up at Even Money in the Top Ten Finish Market, which just adds more weight really to backing McIlroy instead.

Online betting site Boylesports are running a Money Back Special surrounding the two big guns in the field. Back a selection in the outright market and if your player finishes second to Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods then they will refund your lost stake as a free bet. New customers registering an account with the bookie can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

All sorts of value through the deep field in this one, and given the mean nature of the course, would stick to Top Ten golf betting. Charl Schwartzel has performed consistently well at the tournament, with two top tens in his last two starts here. Took a top ten recently at Riviera as well to suggest that he’s in with a shout here. Graeme McDowell is in hot form with the putter and could make a charge as well this week, as he looks full of confidence.

Keegan Bradley, Sergio Garcia, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott and even Lee Westwood could all make solid cases here as well. It’s a high quality field scrapping for scraps on a tough course. It adds up to it being a thrilling prospect for viewers and bettors over the weekend.

Online betting site Coral also are running a Money back Special for the Honda Classic betting. Get a pre-tournament bet down in the outright winner market and if you’re backed selection finished 2nd (to anyone) then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet up to the value of £25. New customers can get up to a free £50 bet as well when signing up with Coral.

2014 Honda Classic Golf Betting Odds
Rory McIlroy 8/1, Tiger Woods 9/1, Adam Scott 18/1, Charl Schwartzel 20/1, Sergio Garcia 22/1, Graeme McDowell 22/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1, Zach Johnson 25/1, Henrik Stenson 28/1, Keegan Bradley 30/1, Hideki Matsuyama 35/1, Rickie Fowler 35/1

Paddy Power are offering something a little different for Honda Classic betting as they are paying out to an extra place this week. The highly popular bookie are going with pay outs on the first six places for the tournament, so fantastic coverage if you are looking at each way bets this week. New customers can get up to a free £50 bet when registering with Paddy Power.

February 25th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Rory McIlroy

There is some great golf betting action to enjoy this week as the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship swings back into action. The one v one knockout tournament offers thrills and spills all the way and it takes a special mentality to be able to pull through this one. The unpredictability of the tournament makes for some fantastic betting options this week in the outright market.

It is a tough, tough market to call though because usual stroke play form can pretty much be thrown out of the window. That is why you are going to see exaggerated prices this week, and you are probably going to be looking at much better value around in Bracket Winner markets this week which should be a little easier to narrow down.

WGC Accenture Match Play Championship Odds at Paddy Power
Rory McIlroy 12/1, Dustin Johnson 18/1, Jason Day 20/1, Henrik Stenson 22/1, Hunter Mahan 25/1, Jordan Spieth 25/1, Sergio Garcia 25/1, Bubba Watson 28/1, Matt Kuchar 28/1, Ian Poulter 33/1

Better still is shooting for match betting throughout the tournament because there are so many match ups to come and far better value for less risk. Looking at some of the main protagonists in the field of 64, Rory McIlroy has been in great shape since last November and he finished runner up here back in 2012. Tough draw but carrying good form and outright tournament favourite this week at a price of 12/1.

McIlroy is favoured at 4/1 to win the Hogan Bracket ahead of Sergio Garcia 6/1, Ian Poulter 8/1, Charl Schwartzel 8/1, Jimmy Walkers 12/1, Bar 14./1

After a third place finish last season, Australia’s Jason Day is trading well, and winner on the PGA Tour last week, Dustin Johnson is also showing up well. Surprisingly Johnson to the semi finals here last season because he hadn’t ever shown up in the match play tournament before. Still, in tip top shape early in the new season and will have his backers. Henrik Stenson, the 2007 is in the mix as well, but his match play win didn’t come at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain. It’s a long course and so big hitters may come into play here.

Jason Day and Henrik Stenson are joint favourites in the Jones Bracket at odds of 4/1, with Webb Simpson 7/1, Steve Stricker 12/1, Brandt Snedeker 121, Bar 14/1

There are some good match play specialists like Ian Poulter, Luke Donald and Graeme McDowell to look out for as well, and they too will have their backers too through match betting.

In the Player bracket, Jordan Spieth is narrow favourite at 5/1, with Matt Kuchar and Justin Rose hot on his heels at 6/1, Luke Donald and Ryan Moore at 8/1, bar 12/1

At the head of the Snead bracket, Dustin Johnson is trading at 4/1 favourite, with Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson at 6/1 just behind him.

There are a couple of great promotions around this week, starting with Paddy Power who are offering superb coverage. If your selection in match betting is leading through 12 holes, but then fails to win the match, then Paddy Power will refund your losing bet on that selection. That could prove to be some great insurance throughout the tournament and well worth taking a shot at. 

Over at Boylesports, they have gone in a little bit of a different direction. Tensions are naturally going to be high and it takes quite a bit of mental steel to pull through in a one v one situation like this. It could be heartbreaking to see your backed match selection lose out on extra holes. Boylesports are offering a Money Back special on match bets if your player does lose in Extra holes.

February 19th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Tiger Woods (USA)

The Omega Dubai Desert Classic golf betting will take centre stage this week as there is the big Rory McIlroy v Tiger Woods showdown. At least that is what the bookmakers are predicting, as the two big guns in the field are trading shortly priced at the head of the field.

To kick things off with, Rory McIlroy should have heavy backing here as every time he has contested this one, he has finished in the top ten. So punters will be expecting him to go well here and he has his game going pretty well at the moment, carding a T2 finish at the HSBC Golf Championship. He is also a past winner of the Omega Dubai desert Classic, taking the title back in 2009.

But Tiger Woods is out and he is looking for his third title at the event. Woods though had a tough time of things at the Farmers Insurance Open last week, a tournament which has has had a great affinity with in his career. He finished down in T80 after shooting a 79 in the third round. His last win at the Dubai Desert Classic was in 2008, following up on his 2006 victory.

So it is that duo who will be dominating the betting market this week and online betting site Boylesports have another great promotion running for your golf wagers. If your backed selection in the outright market finishes in second place to either Rory McIlroy or Tiger Woods at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, then you will get your lost stake refunded. New customers  registering an accounts with online betting site Boylesports can get up to a  free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

Pretty good coverage because there are other big threats in the field, with Henrik Stenson in particular looking to get back to winning ways. Also making up a strong line up is the likes of Thorbjorn Olesen, Thomas Bjorn, Branden Grace and Jamie Donaldson, along with 2012 winner Rafa Cabrera Bello.

2014 Omega Dubai Desert Classic Golf Betting Odds at Boylesports
Rory McIlroy 7/2, Tiger Woods 6/1, Henrik Stenson 9/1, Rafael Cabrera Bello 22/1, Thorbjorn Olesen 22/1, Joost LUiten 33/1, Peter Hanson 40/1, Thomas Bjorn 40/1, Branden Grace 40/1

January 29th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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