The wait is almost over for arguably the biggest golf tournament in the world – the 2019 Masters.
August National hosts the 83rd running from Thursday and all the leading players in the game have their eyes firmly set on winning the famous Green Jacket and etching their names into the history books.
Here are the thoughts of our golf betting expert who gives you the best bets to look out for.
McIlroy heads the field in Grand Slam hunt
The one Major championship that has so far alluded the Northern Irishman is the Masters.
A younger and inexperienced McIlroy imploded when having a four-shot lead at the 2011 tournament, and the closest he has come since is a fifth-place finish back in 2015.
A win at The Players Championship just a few weeks ago shows he is in the form of his life and this will be his best chance to add the Masters to The Open, US Open and US PGA Championship he has already won.
McIlroy heads the market at 7/1 and while I fancy his chances, he is simply too short to back, especially with the each-way market available for the top-seven finishers with Grosvenorsport.com.
Koepka to add Masters to major haul?
My first pick is an each-way bet on Brooks Koepka at 28/1.
The American rose to prominence with three Major championship wins inside 18 months after scooping two US Opens as well as the PGA Championship.
This year the 28-year-old won the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges as well as a second at the Honda Classic, while his Masters form is solid.
In 2017 he was tied 11th, and although he missed last year’s event due through injury, the world number four has made the cut in all three of his Masters appearances and finished no worse than 33rd.
Leishmann and Oosthuizen to go well at a price
Marc Leishmann may well not be a big name in the world of golf, but with his record here, along with his odds of 45/1, he is worth an each-way bet.
The Australian played alongside compatriot Adam Scott when he won the event six years ago and has three top-five finishes in seven starts in 2019.
He had a strong start last year as well, which saw him in the final group on the Saturday alongside Reed, and couple that with the fact he has gone close twice, it may be a case of third time lucky for Leishmann.
Louis Oosthuizen is my other each-way pick at 40/1.
He is yet to win in America but has a Claret Jug to his name and also has four runners-up spots in Majors to back that up.
A good run at the Match Play a fortnight ago saw him eventually eliminated by winner Kevin Kisner in the quarter-finals was also backed up by a second in the Valspar Championship.
The South African has produced some consistent results at the Masters in recent years as well, with four top-25 finishes in his last five visits.
All that in my opinion points to a strong Masters and at 40/1 he represents great value.
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