WhichBookie racing analyst Andrew Blair White provides a preview and betting tips for races at Tipperary today.
Date of Tips: 05/04/2021
Disclaimer The odds for these selections were correct at the time of publishing (14:02 05/04/2021) but may have changed since. Please check the latest price before placing your bet.
The 2021 US Masters is back to its usual slot in early April and once again promises to be an open and entertaining event. The bookies are once again doing their best to give us all a chance with Paddy Power, Betfair and Boylesports offering 10 Places whilst Skybet have gone even further by offering each way odds of ⅕ for an amazing 11 Places!
The 84th edition of the Masters is very competitive despite Dustin Johnson winning the November 2020 Tournament by five shots the World No.1 has been far from his best since then. Johnson finished 8th at Riviera and pulled out of last weekend’s Texas Valero competition to get his game straightened out for this week but is clearly not going into the Masters with the form he had prior to the November tournament. Johnson is a worthy favourite and should contend but I do feel that there are better value options.
As of now the form player is Jordan Speith who has capped a remarkable return to form by winning the Texas Open yesterday. Speith has had problems with the Driver and was in big danger of dropping out of the World Top 100 in February before finishing T4th in the Phoenix Open and following that with a T3th at Pebble Beach and a T4th in the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Speith of course also has an amazing US Masters record having won in 2015 and finishing 2nd either side of that win. However, Speith is now sharing 2nd Favourite status with Bryson DeChambeau and best odds of 12/1 reflect the fact that bookies have already got his chance fully covered.
Another player in fantastic form right now is DeChambeau and the enigmatic World No.5 went into the November Masters as favourite only to disappoint with a T34th finish. Bryson’s win in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and 3rd place finish in the Players Championship represents top form and a strong performance can be anticipated.
Going head to head with DeChambeau in both those Tournaments was of course Lee Westwood and there would be no more popular winner this side of the Atlantic than the 48-year-old who has been playing some of the best golf of his career recently. Westwood has twice finished runner up at Augusta and at odds of 33/1 might just give his backers a good run for their money.
However, Westwood just fails to make into onto our shortlist for this week which is as follows :
1 Point Each Way Justin Thomas
Brilliant winner of The Players Championship, Thomas has hit top form at just the right time. His 4th place finish at the November Masters was his best Augusta performance so far and Thomas looks like he is primed for his best chance yet to don the green jacket. Take the 12/1 each way with 9 Places at William Hill.
1 Point Each Way Patrick Reed
Maybe not the most popular choice but Reed does win regularly including the Farmers Open already this year and won the Masters as recently as 2018 . His 10th Place finish at the November Masters once again showed his liking for Augusta and at odds of 28/1 with Paddy Power and Betfair paying 10 Places he has an excellent chance.
1 Point Each Way Sungjae Im
The ultra-consistent Im took a share of second place on his Masters debut last year and is set for another big performance. At odds of 35/1 each way paying 10 Places at Paddy Power and Betfair Im is a very solid bet in a very open Masters renewal. Im has outstanding talent and with youth on his side will become a prolific winner on Tour
1 Point Each Way Colin Morikawa
Already a major winner and followed that up with the WGC Workday Championship last month Morikawa is an exceptional all-round golfer. Finished in a T44th on his Masters debut in November but can be expected to improve on his return. Available at 30/1 each way with William Hill for 9 Places