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Masters 2015 betting tips

The first Major of the season is upon us and all eyes will be on Rory McIlroy to see if he can complete his career Grand Slam. A win at Augusta would give him that, but will it be the wiser Bubba Watson who comes out to reclaim the green jacket instead, or perhaps it will be one of the young Americans like Jordan Spieth who will fulfil the huge potential and go and claim the first major of 2015. Here are our top five US Masters 2015 betting tips.

Only back Rory McIlroy at enhanced 20/1

Don’t back him at the short price of 6/1 which is available at the moment. Punters have been deserting him because he was in at 5/1 not too long ago. Why have punters looked past the world number one? Well, he doesn’t have a great track record at Augusta at all and while he was on a tear at the back end of last year, his performances on the American courses this season haven’t been up to par. There is better to come from him, and the question remains, will he be able to dial in enough to hit his peak at Augusta this time around? The short price doesn’t warrant attention, but new customers opening an account with Paddy Power here, can take huge enhanced odds of 20/1 on McIlroy to win the US Masters 2015. That’s that only value in backing him.

American to pull on green jacket

The last European to win the US Open was Jose Maria Olazabal back in 1999, so McIlroy is playing against history as well. While Southern Hemisphere players like Charl Schwartzel and Adam Scott have gotten their hands on the green jacket recently, it is still a heavily USA-winner dominated event. There is a strong American contingent going off again, from Bubba Watson, through Dustin Johnson, last year’s runner up Jordan Spieth, Brandt Snedeker and the steady old hands of Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson. Would run with a US player taking the title again at Augusta. A US winner is trading at 4/5 with Paddy Power in US Masters 2015 betting.

Drive for Top Ten Finish value

An overlooked and underused golf betting market. Take a look at Rory McIlroy who is a 4/5 shot to land in the top ten as opposed to a measly 6/1 on him to win outright. With such a strong American contingent all waiting to bring McIlroy down, you are better off covering yourself with the extra place wager for your Masters 2015 golf betting. Even the other strong contenders like Spieth and Johnson are around even money or just above the mark.  The other way to look at top ten finish betting value is by looking at dark horses like Patrick Reed, a 40/1 outright quote, who is a tasty 3/1 just finish in the top ten. You’ll find more bang for your buck in there.

Grab extra places if you are going each way

Nothing wrong with a bit of place value in your Masters 2015 golf betting of course, if you have someone in your mind who you think is a bit of a dead cert. Shop around online betting site for extra places, such as Bet Victor who are going to seven places for the US Masters 2015. If this is an alley that you want to go down, then you may as well grab extra places.

Trending Johnson our tip for the top

Even with Bubba Watson and Rory Mcilroy in the mix, Johnson is worth a look. His comeback to the PGA Tour has been phenomenal and this year he has booked four top ten finishes from his six starts and landed a win at the WGC Cadillac Championship. The distance he gets off the tee may need to be reined in a little, but the sacrifice of getting better accuracy could make all the difference to him. Needs to get the putter flowing from the start but a great, serious contender and is a 5/4 quote to finish in the top ten with online bookmaker Paddy Power and is 16/1 outright to land the green jacket.

You can of course follow all Masters 2015 golf betting at online betting site Paddy Power who have a plethora of markets open for you to enjoy. They are running that great Rory McIlroy enhanced odds 20/1 offer to win the US Masters as well, and that promotion is open to new customers only who registering with them and place their first bet on the account on McIlroy to win the US Master 2015.

7th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Paddy Power

Think back towards the end of last year and the fantastic stretch of form that Rory McIlroy was putting together. The World Number One was unstoppable and ever since then he has really been leading the way as heavy favourite to win the Masters 2015. With firm favourites of course comes the consequence of running at a short price and the industry average on McIlroy to win the Masters 2015 has been drifting out to around 6/1, a price which punters still won’t be too excited about.

Compounding the short price is the fact that McIlroy hasn’t quite been at his sharpest and devastating best out in the US this season, and his best finish at Augusta in his career was a tie for 8th. So that diminishes his value and punters will be looking elsewhere for longer odds in a competitive field. But at the end of the day, this is McIlroy we are talking about and not doubt he will have been eyeing up a genuine shot at winning this year’s US Masters. Hard to see him not turn up an be dialled in, and thanks to a fantastic enhanced odds offer from Paddy Power, here is the news that punters who want to back him have been waiting for.

New customers registering an account with online betting site Paddy Power can back Rory McIlroy at 20/1 enhanced odds to win the US Masters 2015!

That’s a huge price boost, and just to put that into context, that is a bigger price that the main clutch of challengers like Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Jason Day and Dustin Johnson. So the stakes have been raised on McIlroy and if you want to take the Paddy Power enhanced odds then register for a new account with them through our unique promotional links.

After registration, place your FIRST Bet up to a maximum of £10 on Rory Mcilroy to win the US Masters at the normal price on the site. If McIlroy wins the US Masters, then you will be paid out in cash at the normal price on the site then have the rest of the winnings paid out to reflect the enhanced odds of 20/1, credited as free bets.

7th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions


The first major of the golfing season is here with us, as the best in the world hit the famous Augusta course this week. The battle for the green jacket, which has been won twice in the last three seasons by Bubba Watson will be up again. This year there is added spice of it being chance for Rory McIlroy to land a career grand slam.

Rory McIlroy is the outright favourite at Coral to win the US Masters 2015 at a price of 6/1, which is a little bit short for many punters to consider. That price on him has actually drifted a bit because punters were deserting him when he was in a point shorter at the head of the market. However, with Coral’s fantastic enhanced odds Masters 2015 betting promotion, you can grab some phenomenal value on the world’s number one.

New customers at Coral can back McIlroy at 17/1 in the enhanced odds deal. The actual offer is the chance to grab treble odds on all players in the US Masters 2015 field!

So the likes of Bubba Watson would move on up to 30/1 from 10/1 (the mark where most of the main challengers are at behind McIlroy’s short price). The great Coral deal means that you could even take Tiger Woods up from 40/1 to 120/1 to land another US Masters title if you wanted to.

Just register an account with online betting site Coral using our special promotional links only, and then deposit 5 or more into your account. Your enhanced odds will then be available to be snapped up. You must place your first real money bet as  win single of up to 5 on any player in the US Master to get the treble odds deal. The offer expires  15:20 GMT Thursday 9th March.

7th April 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bubba Watson

The first major tournament of the golfing year is right around the corner as the players head to the famous Augusta National Golf Club in the hope of sitting on top of the leaderboard on Sunday evening and getting the opportunity to pull on the green jacket.

The course is pretty unforgiving and tough to tame with so many trees and heavy rough along the 7,400 yards that it is, and players will be hoping to come through challenges like the famous trio of holes at Amen Corner unscathed.

Tiger Woods, who has fallen outside of the top 100 players in the world has apparently accepted his invitation to play, but that doesn’t mean that he is going to turn up. He is on his self imposed exile from the game at the moment and the fourth time Masters champion isn’t really worth talking about right now and is out at no value at 50/1. Will he ever be value again when looking at Masters golf betting?

The new king of the game is of course Rory McIlroy who is just missing the Masters to complete a major Grand Slam in his career. He hasn’t fired off the best record at the Masters, having done no better than an eighth place tie back in 2014. But his form over the back end of 2014 was phenomenal and and he has already bagged himself a 2015 win in the Dubai Desert Classic. He hasn’t gone particularly well on the American side of things this season, he is probably far too short at a quote of 6/1 with online bookmaker Bet365 for many punters.

It can be argued that if he is on form, then no-one is capable of stopping him. There are strong challengers in the field who perhaps will have far more appeal than McIlroy currently, in particular Bubba Watson who has won it twice in the last three editions. So he clearly has the form at Augusta and Dustin Johnson is also back on top of his game, earning four top ten finishes in his six starts this season. Impressive form and being such a big hitter, he can put everything together to pull on that green jacket.

There is probably bigger value knocking around the top ten finish market for your Masters 2015 golf betting, because the likes of Dustin Johnson, Henrik Stenson and Phil Mickelson are around the 6/4 mark. It is worth taking the extra coverage and you could even rein that in a little to a top five finish in Masters 2015 golf betting if you would prefer a little tastier price on your selection. But of course, your betting is not limited to there.

You can dip into other markets such as First Round Leader, Top Englishman, Top American, Top Ameautur and even push some money towards the winning nationality, or even an age spread on the winner. Golf is hard to predict because of the massive field and enduring nature of a single tournament, so you are better off spreading your bets a little bit in markets.

Masters 2015 Golf betting odds at Bet365

Rory McIlroy 6/1, Bubba Watson 11/1, Jordan Spieth 10/1, Jason Day 14/1, Dustin Johnson 16/1, Henrik Stenson 16/1, Adam Scott 20/1, Jimmy Walker 25/1, Phil Mickelson 25/1, 33/1 bar

New customers registering an account with online betting site Bet365 can get upto a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus, as the bookie will match the value of your initial deposit with a free bet bonus. Great way to get started and to enjoy the active Masters 2015 betting market.

31st March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Henrik Stenson (Schweden)

Big week of golf betting action coming from the Arnold Palmer Invitational this week. Rory McIlroy is back in action after his disappointing performance at Doral recently and he is heading up the Arnold Palmer invitational 2015 betting field as 5/1 favourite with online betting site Boylesports. Just as a note, his disappointing performance at Doral was still a top ten finish (his 11th since last season Open Championship). This is McIlroy’s first ever crack at Bay Hill but it is an easy kind of course that he should lap up regardless.

Henrik Stenson is the name which will take a lot of backing this week at a quote of 10/1, as he in good form at the moment. He has secured fourth place finishes in the last two weeks and has always made the cut at Bay Hill from his six previous visits there. Stenson has carded top ten finishes at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in his last two appearances. JB Holmes is another name who may on the mind of punters, and his second placed finish at Doral recently included a 62 in the opening round. He secured a top ten finish here last year and has made the cut in eight previous appearances.

Bubba Watson carries a strong record into the tournament and ha landed four top fifteen finishes this season, including a third at Doral recently. Watson is a 12/1 shot at online betting site Boylesports behind the two front runners (McIlroy and Stenson). Australian duo Adam Scott and Jason Day are also running in under twenties, with Rickie Fowler leading the rest of the contenders at a price of 28/1 and out.

Grab some great insurance on your Arnold Palmer Invitational golf betting this week at online bookmaker Boylesports. If your selection in the outright market finishes second or third (which includes ties) then you will get your lost stake back as a free bet up to the maximum of £50. New customers registering an account with the bookmaker can also get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus.

17th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports News

The Honda Classic golf betting has, not too surprisingly, Rory McIlroy at the head of the market by a long shot. A very long shot infact, as the Northern Ireland star tees off this week on the PGA as 10/3 favourite with online betting site Boylesports. That makes him the only man in the field in single figures to land the win, so is there any point in looking any further than McIlroy?

Well, McIlroy came close last season, losing in a play off against Russell Henley. McIlroy has won at the Florida event before, landing the title in 2012 and he is looking in far better shape than he was at this stage last season. He carded a big win at the Dubai Desert Classic of course (which followed his 2nd place finish in Abu Dhabi) this season already, but there is likely to be far stiffer opposition this week than what he faced out there.

There is a good chasing pack of Dustin Johnson, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Keegan Bradley, all the marks coming in at under 30/1 in Honda Classic betting this year. Rose is a solid candidate with three top five finishes on the bounce at the event and while Dustin Johnson has put up some good early form this season, his track record at the PGA National doesn’t make him immediately bankable.

Keegan Bradley, Ryan Palmer and even Lee Westwood all have solid stats and or form to warrant considering, but can any of them stop an in-form and hungry Rory McIlroy, who may well have a bit of retribution on his mind after admitting to throwing away his chance at the title in the 2014 play off. With online betting site Boylesports putting up a great promotion, it makes McIlroy worthy of a punt this week.

Place a pre-tournament outright winner wager on the Honda Classic and if your selection finished second or third (which does include tied finishes), then Boylesports will refund your lost stake as a free bet up to the value of £50. New customer registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

24th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports News


Dubai Desert Classic golf betting has massive appeal this week with a star-studded field all vying for some early season prize money. Big prize money it is at that, too. It is Rory McIlroy heading up the outright winner market at online betting site Betfred at a price of 3/1.

That price completely crushes the rest of the field, as the Northern Ireland star is the only man in single figures for the tournament. But there are some strong challengers behind him for the title, with Henrik Stenson at 10/1, Martin Kaymer at 14/1 and Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood around the 20/1 mark.

There is a fantastic golf betting promotion running at online betting site Betfred which can’t be ignored, because they are offering the chance to pick up a free bet!

Place an In Play bet of £10 or more (at odds of 1/2 or greater) on either the PGA or European Tour this week and get a £10 free bet to use next week.

The action over on the PGA Tour this week comes from the WM Phoenix Open, where it is Bubba Watson and Jordan Spieth who are tied at the head of the market at 16/1 with the like of Rickie Fowler, Matt Kuchar and Phil Mickelson in the mid twenties to pick up a win in the desert.

The Betfred free bet offer applies to in play single bets placed at odds of 1/2 or great, and applies to losing in play bets placed on any day of the 2015 Phoenix Open or the 2015 Dubai Desert Classic. The maximum free bet refund per customer is £10. New customers registering an account with online betting site Betfred can get up to a free.

29th January 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Bookmaker News

There was a bit of an upset in the predictions of bookmakers as 4/6 odds on favourite Rory McIlroy failed to land the 2014 SPOTY prize, beaten out by F1 driver Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton stormed his way to the second F1 Drivers World Championship title and just a few hours before the awards ceremony, he could have been snapped up at a nice price of 13/8.

The bookmakers like online betting site Ladbrokes had been firmly expecting that the public would be rewarding golfer Rory McIlroy for his exploits this year. The Northern Irish star landed back to back Majors at the The Open Championship and the US PGA Championship and was for a long time, installed as favourite in SPOTY betting. To be fair, it was a brilliant season from McIlroy, especially amid a host of personal problems, including a massive court case.

However, the nature of Hamilton’s F1 duel with his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg could have kept the driver at the fore of the public’s mind, especially going deeper into the calendar year. Hamilton put in some brilliant form over the second half of the season, winning six of the final seven races of the season (the only exception a second place finish).

Hamilton won 209,920 of the 620,932 votes cast for the 2014 Sports Personality of the Year, with McIlroy getting 123,745 (20%) and third placed athlete Jo Pavey taking 99,913 (16%).

Real Madrid’s Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo lead a close-run Overseas Sports Personality race, beating out world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic.

15th December 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Rory McIlroy

It is the season finale on the European PGA This week as DP World Tour Championship betting tees off. This is the sixth edition of the tournament and while the issue has already been settled of who the Race To Dubai champion is, that will be Rory McIlroy of course, there is still a big title up for grabs this week at the Earth Course, designed by Greg Norman.

McIlroy is a 5/1 favourite for the tournament win at online betting siteBoylesports, and he is a former winner here. There have been five different winners so far in the history of the tournament, so will be the northern Irish star be able to cap off a brilliant year by setting a new record of becoming the first man to win the DP World Tour Championship twice?

Worth backing McIlroy? Maybe not. He’s nothing to prove here and he hasn’t played for six weeks now and has the distraction of his multi-million pound court case.

Behind him, the defending champion Henrik Stenson is an 8/1 shot. Stenson’s season has fallen a long way short of what he put up in 2013 when he was FedEx Cup Champion and needed to win the DP World Tour Championship to land the Race To Dubai title too. A totally different scenario this time around as he is just looking for a positive finish to the season.

So there are stronger options in the field like Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, both of which performed well last week but just couldn’t do anything about the in-form Brooks Koepka. 

Koepka, Westwood and Poulter can all be snapped up for around a price of 18/1 with Boylesports in DP World Tour Championship betting. Like McIlroy, Westwood is a former winner of this event and the Englishman has been producing some very solid stuff at theend of the season and should get himself in contention. Justin Rose, who looked to be heading to the 2012 title before Rory McIlroy produced a stunning finish over the last five holes, is in the mix as well around the 16/1 mark.

Big hitters will be rewarded at the Earth Course and that could lead you towards players like Charl Schwartzel and Alvaro Quiros. But of the crop in the mix, it could be Ian Poulter who looks to be the best each way bet for thegolf betting action. He really should have won last week in Turkey, and he always comes to life at theend of the season like this. He may have a point to prove after last week’s near miss.

DP World Tour Championship Winner Odds

Rory McIlroy 5/1, Henrik Stenson 8/1, Just Rose 14/1, Ian Poulter 18/1, Sergio Garcia 18/1, Victor Dubuisson 18/1, Brooks Koepka 19/1, Lee Westwood 18/1, Graeme McDowell 25/1, Jamie Donaldson 25/1, Martin Kaymer 25/1, bar 33/1

There is some nice insurance available for your DP World Championship golf betting this week at online bookmaker Boylesports. If your selection in the outright winner market finishes 2nd or 3rd (which includes ties) then the bookmaker will refund your lost stake as a free bet up to £50. New customers registering an account with Boylesports can get up to a free £50 bet as a welcome bonus too.

18th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting


Golf star Rory McIlroy had a stunning summer in 2014. Online betting site Ladbrokes were forced to pay out huge winnings to punters after the heavily-backed Northern Irishman won the 2014 Open Championship at Royal Liverpool and the PGA Championship at Valhalla in quick succession.

‘Rory McIlroy cost us £4.7million in the summer,’ said Chief Executive Richard Glynn.

Despite McIlroy’s summer hitting the bookmaker for nearly £5 million, the books were more than balanced thanks to the 2014 World Cup. McIlroy’s success wasn’t enough to stop the bookmaker getting back on track after a disappointing few years.

Ladbrokes reported a 94% raise in operating profits to £33 million for the third quarter of the year and said it remains on course to meet its full year expectations.

Ladbrokes benefited from favourable results in the World Cup along with a good start to the new football season, which helped make up for losses on McIlroy. The World Cup was ‘strong’ for Ladbrokes, which saw punters bet £33.9million, an increase of 44 per cent over the previous World Cup in 2010.

The early exit of Spain and Brazil’s defeat in the semifinal to eventual winners Germany proved lucrative, because bookmakers generally come out on top when favourites lose.

24th October 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

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