Bookmakers have cut in-form Paul Casey’s price to win the Masters on the back of his Valspar Championship success in Florida.
Casey had already been gaining support with golf betting fans thanks to his second place at both the Singapore Open and the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am earlier this year.
A third-place finish at the WGC Mexico Championship only strengthened the case for backing the Englishman, but bookies had remained unconvinced in a player who is yet to win a major, going 40/1 (+4000) on him to win at Augusta prior to the Valspar Championship.
Casey then became the first golfer to retain the Valspar Championship on Sunday, his first win since the same tournament last year, and most major bookmakers reacted by slashing his odds to 28/1 (+2800).
Following on from Rory McIlroy’s recent win at the Players Championship and Francesco Molinari’s triumph in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, European players are in red hot form heading towards the Masters.
Three of the top five favourites in the Masters outright betting are from Europe, but the field appears wide open, with McIlroy – bidding to finally complete the full set of golf majors – at the head of the market.
Latest Masters 2019 Outright Odds
|Player (Nationality)||Odds (American)||Bookie|
|Rory McIlroy (NI)||15/2 (+750)||BetVictor|
|Dustin Johnson (USA)||10/1 (+1000)||William Hill|
|Justin Rose (ENG)||12/1 (+1200)||Ladbrokes|
|Tiger Woods (USA)||14/1 (+1400)||Bet365|
|John Rahm (ESP)||16/1 (+1600)||Coral|
|Justin Thomas (USA)||16/1 (+1600)||Betfair|
|Rickie Fowler (USA)||18/1 (+1800)||Paddy Power|
|Brooks Koepka (USA)||20/1 (+2000)||BetVictor|
|Jordan Spieth (USA)||25/1 (+2500)||Black Type|
|Bryson DeChambeau (USA)||25/1 (+2500)||Bet365|
Casey put a ‘scrappy’ round of golf down to a difficult course, but was left pleased with his composure which, for him, proved the difference as he looks to bring a winning mentality into the first major of 2019.
“Today wasn’t easy,” he said after the win at Innisbrook. “The golf course was so difficult that it’s darn near impossible to go around and not make mistakes. But I was composed and keen to play well, and I did.
“I think the difference is attitude, because I don’t think my game is any different than a year ago, two years ago. I'm getting older, but I feel like I'm getting better.”
For punters impressed with Casey’s form but sceptical of his Masters credentials, bookmakers offer 150/1 (+15000) on him to be the top European.
Meanwhile, last year’s Masters champion Patrick Reed is a lengthy 50/1 (+5000) while 2017 winner Sergio Garcia is given the same odds across the board.