By Jade Galapon

In terms of betting on the recent Masters tournament, one of the most notable aspects before the tournament got underway was the raft of bets placed on Tiger Woods. The American’s good form in the lead up to the Masters got fans and punters into a bit of a stir, with Woods going in as favourite with some bookmakers.

The problem with it is that, in a way, it became a self-fulfilling prophecy: Woods played well for a few weeks, so punters started to back him. The more that he was backed, the more it became a newsworthy story and, once again, more punters would bet on Woods. This caused the odds to drop dramatically and eventually he would become favourite, causing even more punters to back him in the belief that he was back at the very top of his game.




Obviously, Woods did not deliver at the Masters in the way that punters and fans hoped, with plenty no doubt regretting taking the 8/1 betting odds offered on the eve of the tournament. But what about doing the opposite? E.g. having a look at some player’s odds that are way too big before the next major? And, whose odds may drop by the time the US Open (14th-17th June)? Here are three that could fit the bill nicely:

Mark Leishman 80/1 William Hill


Leishman was a couple of daft moments away from having an excellent 2018 Masters tournament. In the end, he gained a ninth-place finish, which was his fifth top ten at the Majors. However, it could have been so much better for the Australian. He was arguably one of the best players over the four days, but a mixture of bad luck and, at times, poor shot selection, cost him dearly. He will learn from it though, and he is still one of the form players going into the business part of the golf season. He is also a much, much better player than those odds of 80/1 suggest. Leishman is just 50/1 with several other major bookmakers.



Tony Finau 110/1 Betfair

Ok. This is obviously a bit of a longshot, but odds in triple figures for a player of Finau’s quality should not be dismissed. He has struggled to establish himself at the Majors, but snuck into the Top 10 at the Masters this year. That’s part of the reason he is 50/1 with some other bookmakers. The odds of 110/1 by Betfair look brilliant value for each-way betting, but you can also cover your bet with this Betfair £100 free bet bonus.




Henrik Stenson 40/1 Betfred


The only Major winner on this list, Stenson is undoubtedly a class act. His form was pretty iffy in 2017, but he looks to be climbing back to somewhere near his best. Fifth at the Masters, fourth at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and second in the WGC:  HSBC Champions all suggests the Swede is starting to reach the level of consistency that made him one of the world’s best a couple of years ago. That level would constitute having odds a lot lower than 40/1.

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