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Can't Get Enough Golf? Here's Your Ridiculously Early Betting Preview Of The Masters 2016

Can't Get Enough Golf? Here's Your Ridiculously Early Betting Preview Of The Masters 2016
By Conor O'Leary

Can't get enough of the Masters? Neither can balls.ie. We love the golf at the Augusta National course so much that we already want it to be next year. Don't worry, we've got you covered. 

Here is your ridiculously early betting preview for the Masters 2016

The Masters at Augusta is easier to predict than most other golf tournaments. There is no tournament in golf where previous showing on the same course is as big of an indicator for good showings. With that in mind, what better time to look ahead to next year's event than taking some learnings from the week to bookmark and keep for this time 51 weeks time.

Spoiler alert: Jordan Spieth will not defend his green jacket successfully in 2016.

Rory McIlroy 11/2

It was never going to be Rory's year at Augusta. The untold pressure that would have been on the Northern Irishman going into the only major he hasn't won yet would have been massive. The expectation would have nearly been more than he's ever had to experience. All things considering, it was a very good performance.

If it wasn't for his slow start that saw him languishing at +3 after 27 holes, only to bounce back to -12 he could have been much closer to Speith. That doesn't even include the two costly bogeys he sustained in the final two holes on Saturday.

His weekend performance will have settled his nerves about whether he can eventually don a green jacket. There's no doubt he will win the tournament, and it could be as soon as next year.

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Bubba Watson 14/1

It just didn't happen for Bubba this year. It's incredibly difficult to defend at Augusta. The pressure and media attention on major winners and defending champions is enormous, even without the traditional champions dinner on the Tuesday of Masters week.

In his last four Masters, Bubba has gone 1st - 50th - 1st - T38th. A trend like that would suggest next year could be a fruitful one for him.

His play over the last four days mixed the ridiculously sublime with the simply ridiculous. He made birdie after birdie, and followed up with several bogeys. Then an eagle would revive his round before a double bogey ends it again.

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Dustin Johnson 18/1

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It was mentioned several times in the live blog on Sunday that Dustin Johnson is a big golfing talent with huge power, yet he hasn't managed to fulfill his potential. This was before he went on a nice run to get to -9. His back nine wasn't as positive, but the signs are there that Johnson can make a run at Augusta.

Justin Rose 22/1

Rose almost went through his career as a nearly man before his maiden Major victory at the US Open in 2013. Rose has done well in the Masters in previous years, but 2nd is his best result. We know that course form is a big indicator for success at Augusta, and with hi growing experience and status as a Major champion, there is a real chance that Rose could bag another one and it could be the Masters.

Rickie Fowler 28/1

Rickie Fowler continued his good form in Majors with another top 15 finish to match his four top fives last season. This difference this time was that Fowler came into the tournament in poor form, but appeared to discover something over the weekend. Two big charges on both Saturday and Sunday showed that he can play around Augusta, and I'm attributing his subsequent bogeys to his poor form coming into the tournament.

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The more he gets used to playing well in the Majors the better his chances of upstaging the likes of McIlroy and Spieth for a green jacket.

Hideki Matsuyama 41/1

He's not as attractive a price at 41/1 for next year as he was going into the tournament this time around (70/1). The promising Japanese golfer is on the verge of a big breakthrough season that could mean that 41/1 turns into a highly attractive price.

It's just his second full year on the PGA Tour, after he finished last year in 28th place in the Fed Ex Cup standings that cumulates all the golfers results for the year. He's already in the top 10 for this year, and the 23 year old is showing no signs of stopping his progress.

Brooks Koepka 66/1

I'll admit I didn't know much about Brooks Koepka before his impressive -3 front nine on Thursday. That the next 63 holes didn't go his way is a different story. The 24 year old debutant had a good debut at the Georgia course. He's clearly rated very highly, which is reflected in his impressive early season form that has seen him earn twice what he had earned in his entire career in just eight events.

He's already won on tour, and with three top 10 finishes, he'll be another youngster to keep an eye on.

Charley Hoffman 100/1

Charley Hoffman officially won me over with his poise over the first three days. I kept expecting him to fall apart every step of the way. That did eventually happen on the Sunday, which is to be expected, but even at that Hoffman minimised the damage well to only record a two over round.

The experience should benefit Hoffman. His first two rounds were nothing short of brilliant. It just happened that there was another phenomenal performance happening elsewhere.

At 100/1 he represents some tasty value.

Bernd Wiesberger 200/1

The best debutante at the 2015 Masters. Can he follow in the footsteps of the best debutantee at the 2014 Masters?

Jordan Spieth finished second on his debut in 2014 before claiming the green jacket in sensational style. There's no reason why the Austrian can't do something similar. The 30 year old perhaps doesn't possess the talents of the 21 year old superstar, but a tidy -2 score around 72 holes on your first Masters especially after a poor opening round of 75 is something to build on.

200/1 is a huge price for a debutante who finished T22nd for their next Masters appearance.

See Also: The 5 Ket Stats That Matter When Predicting A Winner For The Masters
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