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The 2019 Irish Open takes place from the 3rd-7th July this year at Lahinch Golf Club; that's two weeks before The Open Championship.

It's a $7,000,000 Rolex Series event and you would imagine its the perfect preparation for any top professional before the Claret Jug run at Royal Portrush.

Paul McGinley and his hair with the GOAT statue of Tiger Woods at Lahinch Golf Club
Play the Irish Open to get the competitive juices flowing, then travel an hour in a car to the quiet of the West of Ireland the following week to relax and practice on similar links like Carne, Connemara, Rosses Point, Ballyliffin etc, then head up to Portrush game ready?

Would that not make perfect sense for the likes of Tiger, Phil, Brooks, Sergio? Bring the family?

Unfortunately even with millions in the prize pot, it seems like player management and "show me the appearance money culture" are polluting the waters when it comes to event fields.

I cannot for the life of me understand how the Scottish Open, at The Renaissance Club could be a BETTER prep for players than the Irish Open at Lahinch?  The Renaissance Club albeit very plush and grand and exclusive is a new modern coastal links developed from woodland in 2008 and is a million miles apart in terms of golfing terrain from Royal Portrush.

Guys that have already committed to the Irish Open like Ian Poulter, Russell Knox, Louis Oosthuizen for me are on a winner.

Host Paul McGinley (with his amazing hair) has been on a personal quest to attract more big names to the Irish Open so expect more announcements in the coming days but for me its a no brainer!

he Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland

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Sports management has a great way of keeping the top stars far away from us mere mortals and sometimes it's easy to forget they are human too.

My wife was out jogging in the village yesterday morning (wont say where) and Rory McIlroy and his wife Erica just happened to be walking the other way sipping their coffees!

And how would you react if Tiger Woods stepped onto the treadmill beside you in the gym?  Well I don't think I would whip out my phone for a sneaky pic to prove it, but in a strange way I'm glad this person did.

There's something earthy and downright normal about it.  Tiger has worked incredibly hard on his fitness to recover from his back and leg problems.

But he's still mega business.  I read some figures about his Masters win and how he still moves the needle.

A total of 37.2 million viewers watch Tiger on Sunday at The Masters, a 41 percent rise on those who watched Pat Reed the year before.

393,000 people watched Reed's final putt on Twitter, 7.85 million watched Tiger!

Bridgestone ball sales are set to rise by 20 to 30 percent and they have seen a 209% increase in engagement on Twitter, a 400% increase on Facebook and a 205% increase in traffic to their site since the Masters.

TaylorMade say they sold more of the P7TW irons used by Woods in the first seven hours after the Masters than the first seven days when they were launched.

Tiger is the tide that rises all boats in the golf world. Long may the treadmill spin!

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This brilliant article from Eamon Lynch of Golfweek looks at the 2019 Open Championship in light of the murder of Derry journalist Lyra McKee last week and the ongoing inability of squabbling (elected) politicians to get their shit together and re-open the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Lynch points out that it wont be taking Clarke, McIlroy, McDowell and co that'll be taking credit for the  Open being brought to Portrush....oh'll be those same politicians.....with their necks as thick as a jockey's bollox.

Lynch sets the scene.

Golf nourishes itself with low-hanging narratives, those saccharine, feel-good tales about lives redeemed or neighborhoods rejuvenated thanks to the royal and ancient game. Stories of golf as a power for good often hold a seed of truth that eventually reaps an acre of corn. Eighty-seven days from now, folks who peddle this kind of claptrap will have a field day as the 148th Open Championship kicks off at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland.

Then he really tees off.

It has been two decades since the Good Friday Agreement nominally ended the 30-year conflict euphemistically known as “the Troubles.” Ours was a grubby, low-intensity war characterized more by doorstep shootings than artillery fire. It claimed more than 3,500 lives, a total that may seem relatively insignificant unless your loved ones number among them. The pace at which Northern Ireland fills its body bags has mercifully slowed, but it has not completely halted.
The most recent victim was Lyra McKee. She was a 29-year-old journalist killed last week when a gunman from an IRA splinter group fired on police lines during a riot in the city of Derry, 35 miles west of Royal Portrush.
I didn’t know McKee, save a long-ago exchange of emails. Friends of mine did and considered her a formidable voice among her “ceasefire babies” peers. “We were the Good Friday Agreement generation, destined not to witness the horrors of war but to reap the spoils of peace,” McKee once wrote. “The spoils never seemed to reach us.”
The Open Championship is a spoil, of sorts. Just as the Claret Jug will be held aloft by the champion golfer of the year, the Open itself will be brandished as a symbol of normalcy and progress by the very politicians whose stone-age squabbles have left Northern Ireland without a functioning government for years, whose intransigence and bigotry sent generations of Lyra McKees fleeing for airports and ferry terminals.
Self-congratulatory back-slapping by elected blowhards is so familiar a part of professional golf that it won’t really register with those who travel to Portrush. But it will be a galling spectacle for the people who must continue to live with increasing tribal tensions, sporadic violence and diminishing opportunities long after the Open caravan leaves town.

Lets hope the "politicians" look up from just shouting "No" and listen.

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This is really brilliant work by Michael David Murphy who has "quad cut" all four rounds of Tiger Woods at the 2019 Masters together into one 15 minute video.

Lets hope the good folks over at The Masters are off duty and not bothered about complaining or taking it down.

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Delighted to be part of the fourth annual instalment of the hugely successful Golfbidder £500 Challenge with YouTube golf stars Rick Shiels and Peter Finch.

If you haven't seen the challenge previously, I give the guys £500 to spend and let them loose in the world of Golfbidder to assemble a bag full of clubs.  They then play each other the following day in a match at Woburn with those clubs!

It's always great fun to meet up with the guys and to showcase the incredible world of new and pre-owned equipment that is Golfbidder.

Have a look and let me know what you think!

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I was so busy focussing on Michael Phelps behind Tiger Woods in the now viral video from the 16th at The Masters that I totally didn't notice the second celebrity.

Watch closely.

It's Branno Stark from Game Of Thrones giving it the full on stare down!

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2019 RBC Heritage Betting Preview And Tips

Harbour Town G.L., Hilton Head, South Carolina
Par: 71 / Yardage: 7,099
Purse: $6.9 million with $1,242,000 to the winner
Defending Champion: Satoshi Kodaira

Last week: Tipped Tiger Woods 14/1


Doc's Top 5 Each Way Bets

Patrick Cantlay 22/1

Found himself up with the leaders on the back nine Sunday but unfortunately couldn't handle the pressure cooker. Still a T9 was creditable and along with T6 in Mexico and five other top-20's already this season Cantlay is a model of consistency.  Hilton Head rewards good putters and this guy is one of the best.  T7 and T3 in his two appearances at the event.

Jordan Spieth 25/1

Hasn't played here since 2015 but a T11, T12, T9 formline from then back suggests he enjoys it here.  Will have taken great confidence from following an opening 75 at Augusta with 68, 69, 71.  This could be a pivotal week in his reemergence as a force coming into the meat of the season.

Si Woo Kim 40/1

Satoshi Kodaira won this tournament in 2018 with Si Woo Kim solo second and after a T21 at Augusta Kim primed to go well again.  T4 in Texas, solo 3rd at the Genesis and T4 at Pebble Beach, my stats say a win is coming and this is the most likely place.

Webb Simpson 28/1

One of three players to shoot a 64 in the third round of The Masters and you get the feeling that Webb Simpson's game has shifted up an octave to the level which saw him bag his US Open title in 2012.  T5 and T11 at Hilton Head over the past two years and the Raleigh resident knows there's a win to be had for him this week.

Jim Furyk 33/1

Wasn't in the Masters field thus rested and ready.  Showed with a solo 2nd at The Players that he's back focusing on his career after the demanding Ryder Cup captaincy. Twice a winner on this par-71 which should suit him perfectly.

Long Odds Glory

Luke Donald 80/1

Not the force he once was and never a winner at Hilton Head but Luke Donald must have made more money than anyone at the venue in his career.  I make it seven top-3 finishes from 13 starts, most recently solo 2nd in 2017.  Still a top class putter on his day and was T9 at the Valspar.

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Here's a run through the equipment used by Tiger Woods to win the 2019 US Masters.

What's In The Bag 2019 Tiger Woods

  • Driver: TaylorMade M5 (9 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 60 TX shaft.
  • 3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (13 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 70 TX shaft.
  • 5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees) with a Mitsubishi Diamana D+ White 80 TX
  • Irons (3-PW): TaylorMade P-7TW irons with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts
  • Wedges: TaylorMade Milled Grind Raw (56,  60 degrees) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 shafts.
  • Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS
  • Golf Ball: Bridgestone TourB XS

Woods uses an M5 driver with adjustable hosel, having been a bonded hosel user all his career. The driver is set to 9 degrees loft and fitted with a light (by Tiger's career standards) 60-gram Mitsubishi Diamana shaft.

Woods TaylorMade P-7TW Milled Grind irons are actually the ninth iteration before he was satisfied with the spec and feel.

Woods has won 14 of 15 majors using his Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype.

Woods uses Bridgestone Tour B XS golf ball, and a Bushnell XE rangefinder.

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There's no point me writing more superlatives about Tiger winning the Masters when I can just do a roadmap of what everyone else wrote!

If you missed the whole thing watch the entire final round here.

Tiger is the top story on the European Tour

The celebration after was almost better than the golf.

Steve DiMeglio's USA Today game story.
Did anyone else spot Michael Phelps behind Tiger on the 16th?

Doug Ferguson writes his AP gamer and lead: “Tiger Woods blazing to victory in his Sunday red at the Masters, a scene once so familiar, was never more stunning.”
Brian Wacker on the question of 18 majors back in play.
Bill Fields at opened with the 16th hole, where Tiger last put a Masters away in 2005.
Guess who tipped Tiger for the first time ever!

Will Gray on that remarkable scene behind the final green.
David Dusek was in the crowds with the patrons.
Dan Kilbridge was out with Tiger all day and has some of caddie Joe LaCava’s reactions to the win.

2019 Masters Pictures

The gallery is here and its brilliant.
The Masters Instagram story from Sunday was class.
Golf Digest’s pics here.
The Augusta Chronicle’s image gallery is also worth your time.
They also put up this outdoor jacket ceremony.

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Another absolutely brilliant view from the golf impersonator and comedy genius that is Steven Connolly!

This time its Patrick Reed in an interview at The Masters.

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I love an old stat and thanks to the Masters being at the same venue every year, there's a wealth of them.

They say you need four things to win a Masters. So lets throw them all in a pot and see who comes out on top.

Related Post
My own 2019 US Masters Betting Tips post.
And my Long Odds Only 2019 US Masters Betting Tips post.

  • Greens in Regulation: The winner always hits a lot of greens and manages the course.
  • Scrambling: Swails, run offs, tightly mown verges, fast have to be able to scramble well.
  • Three putt avoidance: Augusta's average 6,486 square feet greens are probably the toughest in the world.  And running at 15 to 16 on the stimp.  Often you must play away from the pin so 3 putt avoidance is key.
  • Par 5 scoring: Big hitters can make up shots on the field on the par-5's.

So here is the table of these four stats and who fronts up.


Here are the players with the best career under par totals.

  • Tiger Woods is 99 under playing 19 years (-1.30)
  • Phil Mickelson is 60 under playing 22 years (-0.73)
  • Jordan Spieth is 39 under playing 5 years (-1.95)
  • Rory McIlroy is 15 under playing 10 years (-0.39)
  • Justin Rose is 14 under playing 13 years (-0.27)
  • Jason Day is 13 under playing 8 years (-0.45)
  • Jon Rahm is 8 under playing 2 years (-1.00)
  • Tony Finau is 7 under playing 1 years (-1.75)
  • Rickie Fowler is 7 under playing 8 years (-0.23)
  • Charley Hoffman is 6 under playing 5 years (-0.30)
  • Dustin Johnson is 5 under playing 8 years (-0.17)

Here are the players with the best under par totals averaging it per years played (2 or more starts)

  • Jordan Spieth is 39 under playing 5 years (-1.95)
  • Tiger Woods is 99 under playing 19 years (-1.30)
  • Jon Rahm is 8 under playing 2 years (-1.00)
  • Phil Mickelson is 60 under playing 22 years (-0.73)
  • Jason Day is 13 under playing 8 years (-0.45)
  • Rory McIlroy is 15 under playing 10 years (-0.39)
  • Charley Hoffman is 6 under playing 5 years (-0.30)
  • Justin Rose is 14 under playing 13 years (-0.27)
  • Rickie Fowler is 7 under playing 8 years (-0.23)
  • Dustin Johnson is 5 under playing 8 years (-0.17)
  • Hideki Matsuyama is Even playing 7 years (0.00)
  • Bubba Watson is 4 over playing 10 years (0.11)
  • Matt Kuchar is 6 over playing 12 years (0.13)
  • Fred Couples is 23 over playing 21 years (0.29)
  • Brooks Koepka is 4 over playing 3 years (0.33)

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I've had a trawl through the piles of 2019 Masters Betting Tips posts to see who the top tipsters fancy, and to figure out what names are emerging most.

Rory McIlroy is the outright Masters favourite, ranging from +700 to +850, despite this being the one major that has always eluded him. It's reasonable that McIlroy, who's finished top ten in seven of eight starts this year, leads the odds; but looking at the top four, it's clear that name value is (as usual) giving certain players a bump. Dustin Johnson (+1000), Justin Rose (+1200), and 42-year-old Tiger Woods (+1200) are next on the list on these most trusted betting sites that they list here. Meanwhile, world no. 7 Brooks Koepka, who's won three of his last six majors and has steadily improved over his three career starts at Augusta, is at +2000 or longer.

Don't forget my own 2019 US Masters Betting Tips post.
And my Long Odds Only 2019 US Masters Betting Tips post.

A nice one to kick off is Philip Kiedel's Masters piece which list all the favourites and includes a "Why He Will Win" and "Why He Wont Win" paragraph for each which is a nice touch.  I especially liked the line under why Jon Rahm wont win.....

"Rahm has a temper problem, and that’s not a good thing to have on Augusta’s notoriously nasty greens."

Doesn't Sergio have one too??!!

The Racing Post's Steve Palmer picks Matsuyama 33/1, Rahm 18/1, Scott 45/1, Watson 35/1.

Neil McLeman in the Mirror plays it safe (Like Me!) and lists quite a few names including McIlroy, Rose, Molinari and Fleetwood but I like his long odds pick of Charley Hoffman at 100/1 to go well.

There's a nice Masters Betting piece in ScienceTells (author not listed) which highlights Brooks Koepka as being the best value in the field at 28/1.  He didn't play last year because of a wrist injury but has bettered his finish every time he has played Augusta.

Ben Coley is one of the best tipsters in the business and he has a comprehensive review and video in Sporting Life.  He lists Justin Thomas, Fowler, Oosthuizen, Matsuyama and Leishman as the best value in the field.

Gary Trask does a nice run through of what it takes to win The Masters and chooses Marc Leishman as his pick.

Golf Monthly do a pretty good job of previewing the Masters picking Fowler, Scott, Kuchar, Cameron Smith and Matt Fitzpatrick as their top five bets. Writer Tom Clarke also points out that Matt Fitzpatrick at long odds has the added advantage of having one of the world's most experienced caddies Billy Foster on the bag.

Steve Carroll in National Club Golfer is one of the few, despite his amazing Masters record, to tip Jordan Spieth.  He does a nice job in pointing out that Spieth's putting stats are actually quite decent this season and the fact that you can get away with murder off the tie in Augusta means he has a chance!

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Several past champions became violently ill following Patrick Reed's Masters Champions Dinner.

CCTV captured Trevor Immelman out the back of the Augusta Clubhouse after the meal projectile vomiting.

The creamed spinach is being blamed!

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The 2019 Masters Tournament is here! In case you've come to this LONG ODD's betting tips post first, here's my original 2019 US Masters Betting Preview And Tips

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Doc's Top-5 Each Way 2019 Masters Long Odds Bets

Charley Hoffman 100/1

Never missed a cut in five Masters appearances. T12 last year.  Has been improving of late and a big finish in San Antonio on Sunday will see him enter this week with confidence high.

Matt Fitzpatrick 100/1

Fifth Masters for Matt who has yet to really tap into his enormous potential on the biggest stage.  Showed in coming 2nd to Fran Molinari at The Arnold Palmer Invitational that he can contend on the PGA Tour.  T7 in 2016 and its hard to see why he's out at 100/1.

Cameron Smith 80/1

Should be the perfect match for Augusta but has faded somewhat after a strong early season.  Smith was hugely impressive in coming T5 last year and his putting around Augusta will again be key.

Patrick Cantlay 80/1

Another like Matt Fitz that has bundles of potential and has yet to shine on the big stage.  Massive hitter from the tee and sits 10th in Strokes Gained:Tee to Green indicating his all around strength.  Top 10s this year at The Shriners, Desert Classic and WGC Mexico but a poor record to date at Augusta has him at long odds.

JB Holmes 125/1

Missed cuts and poor form have JB Holmes well down the pecking order but don't forget he did win the Genesis Open and things often come right in golf in the blink of an eye.  Tied 4th in 2016.

2019 Masters Betting Tips Video

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I've suffered with a sore back for many years playing golf so how do the top European and PGA Tour players manage to swing it full tilt week in week and seemingly never suffer back pain?

The guys in Betway have chatted with Golf chiropractor Shane Lawlor to discuss the ‘X-factor’ swing, favoured by players like Rory McIlory, and the importance of strength and conditioning.

Harder, better, faster, stronger.
Professional golfers are hitting the ball further and swinging the club with more force than ever before.

Advancements in club and ball technology, along with improved strength and conditioning training, have helped players smash driving distance records, forcing designers, particularly in the United States, to lengthen their courses.

Whether the arms race is good for the sport is up for debate. Another important discussion, however, is whether it’s good for the players.

A study published in the Journal of Neurosurgey: Spine in February 2019 claimed the modern ‘X-factor’ swing – designed to increase distance – can cause back injuries.

The X-factor is favoured by most professionals, including 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, and Northern Irish sensation, Rory McIlroy. The extra distance is generated from rotating the shoulders further in relation to the hips, creating more wound-up potential energy, which translates to a more explosive downswing and increased length off the tee.

According to the study, however, the extra twist puts strain on the lumbar spine, while the powerful downswing causes a ‘crunch’ that damages the disc and facet joints.
Woods and McIlroy – renowned for their picture-perfect X-factor swings and incredible distance off the tee – have both struggled with back injuries in recent years.

Back spasms also forced Cameron Champ – the longest hitter on the PGA Tour who has set club head speed records this season – to pull out of the PLAYERS Championship in March.
But Shane Lawlor, a chiropractor who since 2009 has worked with PGA and European Tour players such as Padraig Harrington, Henrik Stenson and Shane Lowry, doesn’t believe that the X-factor swing itself is to blame.

“I'm not against the X-factor, but it needs to be worked between the strength and conditioning coach and a medical practitioner,” he says.
“If the player physically can't get there then you have a problem.”
It is young players, Lawlor says, who are most at risk.
“The trend now is that if you're 18 or 19 years of age and you can't hit it over 300 yards you're at a severe disadvantage,” he says.
“I would be interested in seeing what will happen in the next five to 10 years.
“If they're not physically ready, if they're swinging much harder with such high club head speed, I don't know if their careers will be as long.
“The analogy I would use for a young kid is if you put a Ferrari engine in a Micra, it's not going to work very well.”

Strength and conditioning training often gets a bad rap in golf.
Pundits like Brandel Chamblee and Johnny Miller have criticised both McIlroy and Woods for putting in hours at the gym, suggesting the pursuit of physical perfection has hurt both players’ ability to win majors.

But Lawlor argues that there is no way that a professional player’s body can accommodate the kind of swing needed to be competitive in the modern game without spending time building strength in the gym.

“The discs are going to get overloaded, it's hard to stabilise the spine through rotation, and if you do it to one side it will cause disc bulges and pain,” he says.
“The right strength and conditioning training is an absolute necessity. You need to make sure you are mobile and stable, and your body is able to withstand those forces.
“You don’t need golfers to be massive powerlifters, but they need the ability to move their joints at speed.”

Most players recognise this. Whereas trips to the chiropractor in the past would primarily be for dealing with niggles or rehabbing serious injuries, Lawlor is now visited in a performance capacity by pros looking to gain an edge over their competitors.
Seeing them more regularly allows him to ensure that their bodies are capable of taking on any swing changes, and to build regimes – along with their fitness coaches – around their own specific needs.
Some pros like to rest on the day before a tournament, while others prefer to still be sore from a gym session when they step on to the tee.

Neither is a problem, Lawlor says, providing they take care of themselves away from the course and don’t overload with training (which is the mistake Woods made early on in his career).
Long-haul flights, lazy rest days playing video games or even the hotel pillow can cause stiffness in the back that could lead to injuries.

It’s plenty to monitor, but Lawlor says there’s no quick fix when it comes to getting players into the right shape to play the game at a high level for a long time.
“The good players see that it's a process,” he says. “It's not going to take six months.
“It's the small incremental stuff that won't help if you do it for one season. It's about doing it over a career.”
Harrington, 47, is a good example of a player who has taken his conditioning seriously and will now benefit.
“Padraig is fitter now than when he was at 20,” says Lawlor. "He's a totally different animal.
“I think he's going to do really well on the Champions Tour. That's the change we'll see. With these guys that are now fitter at 49 or 50, it's going to be really competitive.”
Golf will always be hard on the back. The repetitive, one-sided nature of the swing inevitably puts more pressure on the spine than in most other sports, while the hours of practice required to be a professional means there is always the danger of overload.
But while the speed of the modern swing could, as Lawlor suggests, lead to back problems further along in younger players’ careers, it is strength and conditioning work that reduces the chances of those issues arising.
So even though time in the gym remains much-maligned by members of golf’s old guard, it could be the reason McIlroy and other top players are still competing for majors in 10 years’ time.

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The 2019 Masters Tournament is almost upon us and after many coffees and painstaking stats trawling here's my Betting Preview And Tips. 

2019 Masters Expert Betting

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Prices from the bookies are always on the conservative side for The Masters because they have their homework done to the nth degree for this event (over pretty much any other) and their algorithm has identified all the usual suspects.  But what I will do is post a 2019 MASTERS LONG ODDS SHOTS video on the GolfCentralDaily Facebook page and on my GolfCentralDoc Twitter Profile early on Masters week.

2019 Masters Betting Tips Video

2019 Masters "Favourite" Watch

Rory McIlroy is 7/1 in the betting and everything is pointing towards him winning his first green jacket at the 2019 Masters.  But it's very rare that things turn out to plan at The Masters!  Having said that Rory has never been outside the top-6 in strokeplay since the Tournament of Champions in January, he's coming in off a win at The Players, had that great battle with Tiger at the WGC Matchplay and seems to be finally getting his share of putts.  Never outside the top 10 at The Masters since 2014 and the bookies believe this is his year. If you fancy that on the nose he's 7/1

Doc's Top-5 Each Way 2019 Masters Bets

Jon Rahm 16/1

Rahmbo has been knocking on the door this season but despite six top-10's he has yet to break through and win.  It's only his third Masters but the improvement from T27 on his debut to solo 4th last year was impressive even when giving the field a head start with an opening 75!  There's a massive Spanish tradition at The Masters with Seve, Ollie and Sergio and Jon Rahm is a winner in waiting.  Whether it happens this year remains to be seen but he's definitely worth an each way shout.

Justin Rose 14/1

There's a couple of conflicts at play here but Justin Rose still remains the most consistent Masters performer in recent years.  Five consecutive top-15 finishes, twice T2 in the last four years, winner of the 2019 Farmers and T8 at The Players all suggest he's primed to contend again.  More than anywhere the player-caddie relationship at the Masters is key and with regular caddie Fooch still recuperating from heart surgery, lets hope he lends Gareth Lord his Augusta yardage book!

Tiger Woods 14/1

Without really contending this year you get the feeling at Tiger Woods is building towards towards The Masters.  His journey from injury and where his personal life was to claim the Tour Championship last season is for me one of the great comeback stories in golf and I'm convinced that fully fit he has another Masters win in him.  Granted the last of his four wins was in 2005 but with nobody head and shoulders in world beating form at the moment, the stage is set for Tiger.  Matching Rors shot for shot at the matchplay was the final bit of assurance I needed to convince me!

Paul Casey 28/1

Second at Pebble, T3 in Mexico, winner at The Valspar…..Casey is a man in form, his GIR stats are stellar and if you heard him interviewed at the matchplay you'll know he's not short on confidence!  Casey's Masters form from 2015 on is T6, T4, 6th, T15 and you have to think he can contend for a place.  Can he win? The doubt for me is can he putt well enough to win a Major and every year he seems to throw in one poor round (2018-75, 2017-75, 2016-77).

Hideki Matsuyama 33/1

With six top-20 finishes from his last seven starts Hideki is building a nice run of form again and impressed with a T8 at The Players.  It's hard to believe that this is his eighth Masters and since 2015 he's gone 5th, T7, T11, 19th.  One of the few players that brings a methodology to managing Augusta which, amidst all the calamity that lies in store, will stand him in good stead.

So there they are my 5 tips, I hope this all helps you to beat the bookies at The Masters. Thanks again to my Masters video sponsor, and also my site sponsors Bushnell, ClubstoHire and for my gear. Check out their new Spring Summer collection its fab!

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